What is Qi Gong?
Qi literally translated means air or breath but also represents
energy or life force. It is the most important and
profound concept in Chinese healing and in the Chinese health system. Gong
means to work or cultivate, hence Qi Gong (Chi Kung) represents
the development of ones life energy.
Qigong has been practised for over five thousand years,
benefiting millions of people.
Even to this day, millions of people around the world practises
Qigong as part of their daily exercise regime, improving their
Qi to maintain health and heal diseases. In China, Qigong exercises
are sometimes used as the main form of treatment for major diseases.
The art of Qigong primarily comprises of meditation, relaxation,
breathing, static (e.g. standing meditations - Zhan Zhuang) and/or
dynamic exercises (e.g. Tai Chi). Regular practice of these exercises
increase the flexibility of the joints, ligaments and tendons.
The movements stimulate accupuncture points and meridian channels, which
helps to improve body strength and release physical tension.
By strengthening the body and improve physical calmness,
mental calmness naturally follows. This quieting of the body and mind
enhances your overall health and well-being.
Whether you believe in Qi or a life energy is not as important
as the undoubted benefits of Qigong. You will find more information
regarding Qigong and its researched benefits on the links page.