Qigong (pronounced “chee gong”) is a collective term for a host of Chinese health practices that date back at least 4000 years.
It is a system of movement, breathing, imagery, self-massage and meditation designed to promote longevity and health. Routinely practiced, qigong fosters physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing.
Qigong is the combination of two Chinese words. “Qi” means “life energy” which is the animating energy that flows through everything. “Gong” means “benefits acquired through perseverance and practice.” Qigong teaches a person to generate and control the flow and distribution of Qi to improve health. Another way to conceptualize Qigong is: Practices that encourage Qi development and harmony within the body.
Qigong is the umbrella term that covers several methods of working with Qi. There are four main categories of Qigong according to the purpose or goal a person has in practicing Qigong:
Martial Skill Development
Almost every style of Qigong serves more than one of these categories. Tai Chi, for instance, is a martial Qigong and can be used for self defense, as well as maintaining health.
Medical Qigong broadens the basic Qigong concept to include Chinese 5 Element Theory, Acupressure, Qigong Massage, positive mental attitude and meditation.
Specific health issues are addressed in individual healing sessions. Medical Qigong therapies may be adapted to address each person’s specific goals and needs.
Benefits of Qigong
The benefits of Qigong are immense for improving and/or maintaining health and wellness, including physical and mental balance. Regardless of age or physical health, Qigong can be modified to the individual and still improve health. Working with a qualified master who understands Qigong sets and practices is invaluable in helping each person meet their individual goals.
Qigong takes time, dedication and perseverance to gain an in-depth understanding of how energy flows in the body. Through disciplined practice, students are able to reap many benefits to enhance their lives, some of which may include improving mood, flexibility and concentration as well as the ability to manage stress, lowering blood pressure and enhancing one’s overall sense of well-being.
It is a core belief that teaching not only the how but the why behind Qigong allows students to take a strong core of skills home with them, allowing integration of the physical (the how) and the emotional (the why) into their daily lives.
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