What is Qigong:
Qigong is a mind/body, self-care practice from China. It coordinates gentle movement, relaxed breathing and meditation with self-massage to energize the body. Qigong translates as breath work or energy work – cultivating energy and storing it for body rejuvenation. “Through these various methods, Qi (energy) is accumulated and stored in the body, like filling a reservoir. Impure or polluted qi – the essence of disease- can also be cleansed and refined into pure, healing qi.” (Kenneth Cohen)
· Why Practice Qigong:
Benefits of Qigong (Studies Show):
- Increased Energy
- Stress & Anxiety Relief
- Improved Sleep
- Strengthen Immune System
- Better Performance & Focus
- Peace of Mind
- Coordination & Balance
- Improved Circulation
The best medicine is already in us: A study from the Journal of Chinese Medicine has found that including a regular Qigong practice in your life helps to both calm and energize the body. Promoting the balance of energy-in and energy-out combined with building inner health and strength is the foundation of a Qigong practice. In addition to providing exercise, Qigong helps to release physical, psychological and emotional stress. These practices modify and accelerate the body’s own self-regulating physiological and bioenergetic mechanisms.
- IMMUNE SYSTEM – Boosts the immune system by gently activating the creation of T-Cells through self-massage techniques and tapping on the body. Brings more energy into the body and helps with diseases such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
- HEART HEALTH & HYPERTENSION – Reduces your resting heart rate, blood pressure as well as cholesterol levels.
- MIND/BRAIN – Improves blood flow and oxygen to the brain & thereby reduces chance of stroke.
- MOOD & STRESS – Reduces anxiety and depression. Helps the body with stress management. Improves memory & brings about a more relaxed and peaceful mind-set. Improves sleep.
- PAIN – Greatly assists with pain management after surgery and other injuries. Helps reduce painful inflammation caused by diseases such as arthritis and fibromyalgia.
- CIRCULATION – Assists the body to increase blood flow, thereby helping to bring warmth to extremities (hands and feet). Studies show improvements with such conditions as migraines and angina.
- BREATH – Improves breathing habits by teaching one to breathe more fully and slowly. Breathing exercises show significant improvements with asthma and other respiratory diseases.
- MUSCLES AND BONES – Strengthens spine, joint, muscle and bones by improving balance, posture and flexibility.
Who Practices Qigong:
Adults - "Qigong is the ideal exercise for adults wishing to improve overall health and increase energy. Instead of relentlessly pursuing a sculptured physique, people are chasing longevity, stress reduction and improved health through mind-body practices like Qigong." (New York Times, April 2007) Qigong helps to build core strength from the inside out.
· Seniors – There is significant research documenting the wellness benefits of a regular Qigong/Tai Chi practice for seniors and rehabilitation patients. Qigong includes both active and gentle movements; it can be practiced standing, sitting, in a wheelchair and even lying down, making it ideal for the elderly.
· Athletes - Many athletes, including Olympic athletes practice Qigong before engaging in a particular sport to fine tune their focus and reduce performance anxiety.
· Children – Qigong helps calm and energize students, as well as improve health and reduce aggression. Teachers report various positive effects. Students seemed calmer, less agitated and more able to concentrate in class.