Qigong

Qigong (pronounce: Chee Kung, before also written as Chi Kung).
‘Qi’ means air, breath of life or vital energy of the body.
‘Gong’ means the skill of working with, or cultivating, self-discipline and achievement.

Qigong

The Study (Gong) of Human Energy (Qi), embodies a total system of Physical, Mental and Spiritual Exercises which deal with promotion of health. Approximately 3000 years ago, Qigong, was developed in China and has evolved into four major schools of thought:

Scholar Gong or Confucius Gong: Ethical development, refinement of personal temperament, self cultivation
Martial Gong: Enhance and develop the strength, endurance and spirit of a warrior.
Medical Gong: Improves quality of life, complements ongoing western treatment, relieves symptoms of illness.
Religious Gong: Divided into two categories:
- Daoist Cultivation of physical body and spirit, merging with nature to achieve longevity and immortality.
- Buddhist Spiritual Cultivation as a way to reach enlightenment, freedom from the cycle of life and death.

Purpose of Medical Qigong

Qigong is a component of traditional Chinese medicine that combines movement, meditation and controlled breathing. The practice of Qigong can help ease some of the side effects of a western treatment plan on a physical, mental, and spiritual level. Qigong is a Mind/Body Spiritual Approach to better health which, according to eastern philosophy, tries to balance and harmonize the body, breathing, mind, energy, and spirit - the building blocks of our being.

The study of Qigong teaches us how to enjoy and cultivate a mindful practice of regulating those essential building blocks, empowering patients and their families to participate on their journey towards better health.

The art of Qigong consists primarily of meditation, relaxation, physical movement, mind-body integration and breathing exercises. The intent is to improve blood flow and the flow of qi.

Practitioners of Qigong develop an awareness of Qi sensations, or energy, in their body and use their mind to guide the Qi.

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What Is Involved?

Qigong involves the practice of Mind/Body methods and techniques include: stretching, strengthening, increasing range of motion in the joints, learning how to align bones, learning how to use the body in the most (or least) effortless way possible, lengthening the spine, increasing lung capacity, massaging the organ area through movements. Techniques, metaphors and visualizations are also used to create space for the nervous system to function better, improve relaxation, increase concentration, and while trying to utilize the mind and awaken the spirit as healing tools to achieve a higher quality of life. Mind/Body techniques during specific hours of the day in various postures - lying, sitting, standing still, moving slowly (Taiji), moving quickly (Kung Fu), to achieve needed goals.

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What Has Been Proven?

Studies have shown that exercise prevents muscle loss, increases bone density, prevents osteoporosis, increases stability and balance, helps to relieve arthritis pain, reduces stress, lowers anxiety, improves overall health and self esteem, relieves depression, strengthens the immune system, and may increase lymph flow. Since Qigong involves many of the elements of regular exercise, and more, then we can apply what has been proven about exercise to Qigong.

Possible Side Effects:

The act of stretching, challenging, and reactivating different soft body tissue (skin, fascia, muscles, tendons, ligaments) may lead to minor physical pain.

Special Considerations:

It is recommended that you discuss this complementary form of health with your physician and/or pain management provider. Notice the difference between constructive pain vs. destructive pain. Relaxation is one of the first tools of Qigong, but Qigong is not only relaxation!

Other forms of Qigong I teach are:
- Taiji Qigong
- The eight Pieces of Brocade
- Qigong for back pain and Arthritis
- Dayan Qigong

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Qigong vs. Taiji

“Tai Ji is the most well-known and popular moving form of Qigong”, said Tom Rogers, vice president of the Qigong Institute. “Qigong provides the energetic foundation of Tai Ji. The main differences between Tai Ji and Qigong involve the form, how the energy is manipulated, the posture and whether the practice is done alone.”

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