Qi Gong is an ancient healing art, an integrated part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), dating back to about 5000 years ago. It means “energy exercise” and it is based on TCM’s belief that energy or our life force – Qi – flows along meridians, or energy pathways, along the body. When the flow of Qi is imbalanced due to, for example, stagnation, deficiency or excess, then dis-ease sets in and we feel out of sorts. By cultivating our Qi through exercise such as Qi Gong, we help our qi flow freely in our body, enhancing our health and general wellbeing.
Studies have shown that regular Qi Gong practice has the following benefits:
- Reduce Blood Pressure.
- Ease Pain, such as in conditions like osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, lower back pain and chronic pain in general.
- Boost Wellbeing by improving physical and psychological health.
- Can help with Cancer Care as it can improve your energy levels and your mood.
- Can help reduce the severity of Tinnitus.
- Some studies have also shown Qi Gong can boost immune function.
For centuries Qi Gong was passed on within families and from master to student. However, it is now practiced more widely although still not quite as well-known as other healing practices such as Yoga and Tai Chi.
There are many types of Qi Gong: Medical Qi Gong, Spiritual Qi Gong, Martial Arts Qi Gong. Whatever the style, the emphasis is always on Qi!
Mostly, Qi Gong exercises are performed slowly and gently, with deep breathing. The awareness is on the present moment, on your breath, on the flow of the movement. Some Qi Gong stances are still, such as Wu Chi. In fact, Wu Chi, standing still, is the foundation and the beginning of all Qi Gong.