What is Qigong?
Qigong (pronounced chee gung) is an ancient Chinese mind body practice that restores wellness, builds mental and emotional strength, reduces stress and increases vitality. Qigong is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the grandfather of Tai Chi, which was developed later for combat.
Qi, is the circulating life force (or energy) whose existence and properties are the basis of much Chinese philosophy. Gong is cultivation. Therefore, Qigong is energy cultivation. the body has energy channels that run throughout the body and wrap around your internal organs. According to Chinese medicine when these channels are blocked or if the energy is stagnant, disease can set in. Medical Qigong practitioners and some Traditional Chinese Doctors use Qigong movements as prescriptions to treat illness and disease.
Qigong is a form of dynamic meditation where you calm the mind, breathe into the poses and follow the flow of energy through your body. When you practice Qigong, your internal chemistry, and energy function optimally.
What does the research indicate?
Harvard school of medicine has endorsed Qigong and Tai Chi. In a recent review, Harvard researchers cited the following improvements from practicing Tai Chi and Qigong:
- cognition, attention, concentration, mental tracking
- strength, balance, coordination (no more falls!)
- improve mood, memory, and reduce anxiety
- lower heart rate, blood pressure, breathing rate
Group Qigong classes- for health
There are many qigong movements and static meditations. I teach the 5 organ movements and set of qigong movements called the 18 Luohan Hands in a class setting. These movements are simple, yet very powerful. Each movement works on many levels (emotionally, physically, spiritually, and energetically) and addresses many conditions to improve health.
The 18 Luohan Hands movements are very powerful. I believe that these movements are all you need to learn, because each movement can assist the body to heal in many ways. For example, the movement called Lifting the Sky works on anxiety, stress, incontinence, chronic fatigue syndrome, posture haemorrhoids, mitral valve prolapse, and ringing in the ears (tinnitus). Each of the 18 Luohan Hands movements address many health issues. Once you learn all of the movements, you will have a pharmacy of movements that you can use to address any ailment you may be experiencing.
What is Medical Qigong?
Medical Qigong is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). When a practitioner works with you, it may involve applying healing energy to the body to cleanse, gather, circulate, balance and strengthen the body’s energetic system. Or you may attend a class with me to learn movements to enhance your health. An individual private session may include:
- Self-regulation – involves the instruction, guidance and monitoring of Qigong exercises individually prescribed to meet your needs.
- Qi emission – is applied as energetic bodywork through touching or non-touching methods to balance patterns of energetic dysfunction.
- Chakra Balancing – important for overall health and well being.
- Meditations – are prescribed to circulate Qi.