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Plucking Stars Exercise # 3 of the 18 Luohan Hands

Plucking Stars Plucking Stars is a simple movement that requires you to reach for the stars with one hand while pressing down with the other hand. Plucking stars improves digestion by bringing energy to the spleen and stomach meridians. According to Chinese medical theory and western medicine, good digestion is essential for good health and vitality. Plucking stars can help with virtually any digestive problem. Add plucking stars to your routine to help with indigestion, acid reflux, diarrhea, constipation, diabetes, liver and gallbladder problems, Crohn’s disease, diverticulosis, tennis elbow, endometriosis, yeast infections, dysmenorrhea, vaginitis and ovarian cysts. In addition, plucking stars opens up the 8 Extraordinary Meridians along the sides of the body, these are important energy reservoirs.   Learn more about the Extraordinary Meridians in a future blog post.

5 Reasons to Learn Qigong from Monica Marquis

I practice daily! This is a feat in of itself.  Half of the population in Canada is not active enough for health.  In addition to my Qigong practice I swim, walk, hike, inline skate, and cycle. I am passionate about movement and believe movement is medicine, taken daily you can ward off most ailments including aging. I am a fitness and physical activity specialist with 20+ years of experience.   I have many certifications including: aquafitness (instructor, trainer, therapist),  Bone fit certified, Watsu 1,11,111, Ahi chi, Tai chi, Yoga, Medical Qigong & Qigong teacher training. I am a health promotion specialist who worked in public health promoting physical activity and chronic disease prevention. I also coordinated the Mississauga Halton Fall Prevention Initiative and promoted best practices in fall prevention to everyone who works with older adults.  I ended my career in the healthcare sector after spending 18 months with Osteoporosis Canada.  Where I encouraged health care professionals to implement best practices in Osteoporosis diagnosis and treatment.   So, I know chronic illness, if I don’t know, I am good at finding out causes, treatment and best practices.  In addition, I am very good at finding best practice research and summarizing it for the general public.  I have delved into many alternative therapies and find many of them very useful. I am a health professional gone ROGUE! Why rogue?  Because I believe in alternative medicine.  I believe movement is medicine.   I am sick of how long it takes to get anything done in health care.  I cannot be a change agent in that environment anymore.  I am content sharing my love of movement and promoting one of my favourite movement medicines – Qigong to all who are [...]

By |March 13th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Qi Gong|0 Comments

What is Qigong?

Dancing Crane # 10 of the 18 Luohan Hands   Qigong (pronounced chee kung) 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 (TCM) and the grandfather of Tai Chi which was developed later for combat.  Qi (Pronounced Chee) is the circulating life force (or energy) whose existence and properties are the basis of much Chinese philosophy.   Qi flows through our bodies and everything in nature.  Gong is cultivation. Therefore, Qigong is energy cultivation. Qigong is a very powerful practice that works on the physical, emotional, and spiritual levels.

By |March 9th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Qi Gong|0 Comments