Qigong is Chinese for “breath or energy cultivation.” Qigong is a broad term for exercises that coordinate movement, intention, and corrective diaphragmatic breathing methods. We often teach simple, yet power medical Qigong exercises appropriate to a patient’s condition so that they can continue self-treatment between appointments. Qigong and martial arts go hand-in-hand as we also offer private lessons in martial-based Qigong exercises suitable to anyone who wishes to pursue martial arts, to help in their martial art training, or simply to strengthen their mind and body for wellness.
Qigong is one of the four main branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The other three forms are acupuncture, herbal medicine, and TuiNa (Asian bodywork therapy; aka medical massage). All branches of TCM emphasize the healing and balancing of the body’s Qi (lifeforce).
When the body’s Qi is disrupted or disturbed in the body, medical qigong looks to correct these energy blocks or imbalances. A Qigong session can:
- Strengthen, balance, and regulate the internal organs
- Balance and harmonize the nervous system
- Regulate and strengthen the immune system
- Relieve pain
- Regulate the hormones by also balancing the body’s systems (such as the endocrine system)
- Help bring to light deep-seated emotions and stress, thus enabling you to work with and to release what no longer serves you.
- Balance the body’s active energy centers, such as your auric field and electromagnetic field.
Medical qigong therapy treatment consists of a practitioner (either through intuition alone or using a Chinese medicine paradigm) feeling for and communicating with the client’s Qi and their imbalances, such as stagnation, excesses, or insufficiencies. During a treatment, the practitioner will often perform a complete energetic body scan of the client with their hands, and listen, feel for, and receive bio-energy feedback data. The treatment will continue using either a hands-on, hands-off (or both) approach in assisting and facilitating the client’s innate and natural ability to self-regulate, self-balance, and self-heal. The goal is to achieve complete homeostasis.
After the treatment, the practitioner will commonly give qigong and meditation related prescriptions to assist in their ongoing journey of healing. The qigong exercises are specifically tailored to the client’s needs and requirements. Qigong exercises can consist of physical movement, breathing methods, and mental/visual intentions to bridge back the communication between the mind and body axis. The intention is to also bring back a state of complete consciousness and awareness.
“In China and more recently in the United States, doctors have applied qigong in hospitals and clinics to treat individuals suffering from a variety of ailments. Medical qigong therapy and prescriptions can be used to treat people with cancer and help reduce or eliminate side effects from radiation and chemotherapy. It will help in treating cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson disease and post-stroke syndrome. It is especially useful in treating any kind of chronic pain, and chronic disorders of the digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular and nervous systems” (International Medical Qigong College).
If you are interest in medical Qigong therapy, or want to book private classroom setting Qigong lessons, please contact us for further information and updates. We are now accepting therapy for wellness, and one-on-one lessons for Qigong/meditation practicing.