Qigong (“chee-gung”) has been part of Chinese culture for over 4,000 years. There are many different styles and traditions. Qigong is included in martial arts, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), as well as various spiritual traditions use Qigong methods, techniques and philosophy to enrich their practices.
“Qi” simply means energy. “Gong” means skills developed over a long period of study with dedication and hard work. So qigong is essentially the study of energy or energy work. Qigong breaks down energy blockages and promotes the free flow of energy throughout your body’s meridian system, the invisible pathways through which Qi moves and that connect everything in your body.
There are many benefits of qigong (chee gong). The main two reasons that I practice qigong is that it is a preventative practice and it is holistic. It takes every aspect of a person into consideration. How you are feeling emotionally, what is your environment like, what do you eat etc.
TCM deals with the root causes of issues and not just the symptoms like western medicine. Western medicine tends to look at our bodies like machines. From this point of view, our bodies are made up of a bunch of parts and systems. When there is an issue with a part, Western Medicine will fix the part. Oftentimes fixing it quite well. However, Western medicine rarely asks the question: what causes the symptom? They often leave out the emotions and the spirit of a person because it cannot be seen or quantified. These are important aspects to our lives and important aspects to our overall health and wellbeing that are central to healing the body.
Have you felt not well before and went to the doctor and they said nothing was wrong with you? Or that you are too stressed but don’t offer any help? Qigong can help bring you back into balance so your symptoms can go away, and even better, you have a tool that will help prevent it from happening again.
Qigong offers a holistic approach to wellness that includes an in-depth approach to understanding our body, our minds and emotions, as well as our spirit.
Qigong can help anyone, regardless of age, ability, or diagnosis. While this may seem like a bold statement, Qigong has proven its effectiveness over and over again for thousands of years. In comparison to a fitness regimen, where the focus is on the body’s muscles and bones, this ancient system reaches all levels–body, mind, and spirit. Qigong’s power stems from its ability to go through all the invisible levels of your being–your consciousness, your spirit, and your mind. It then goes beyond the invisible to impact the visible body.
Once you learn this, you can practice, even as you age. Many people like to stay physically fit. They may go to the gym or run, thinking that “breaking a sweat” is the only way to keep the body in shape. But with its gentle movements, Qigong has an impact on every part of your being at any age.
The body has an innate intelligence to heal itself. Abilities are determined by the quality of personal Qi and its flow. Qi is the guiding force that informs all your organs, and every aspect of your well-being. This is where mind, body Spirit healing comes in.
Imbalances begin on the Qi level then show up as physical manifestations of “disease.” This is also the same place “miracles” occur but we must go to the Qi level to affect this kind of healing. Qigong is an excellent means of stimulating the flow of energy in the body. With consistent guided Qigong practice the mind-body connection is rebalanced and physical and emotional issues resolve.