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QiGong

What is Qigong?


Qigong, has over 3000 years of history.  It is an internal Chinese meditative practice and is also known as Chi Kung or Chi Gong.   It is a mind and body exercise which seeks to stimulate the flow of Qi (or Chi, the elemental life force).  This is done by encouraging the energy  flow along the energy channels and meridians throughout the body.  It is known for its many health benefits and is a practical, effective and long-term fix for dealing with the stresses that modern living brings.

Qigong is EASY to learn, and can be adapted to different physical abilities, regardless of fitness level and age. It can be performed walking, standing, sitting or even lying down

This system is based on the ancient Chinese Yin Yang theory (harmony between man and nature, harmony between the mind and body).  These ancient exercises target the internal organs as well as the circulation of Qi through the acupuncture meridians.  Performed using slow graceful movements and controlled breathing techniques, Qigong is a relaxing exercise.  Physical stamina and flexibility are improved by t
he harmonious movement of qi through the meridians and this improves as well as promotes a calm state of mind.

There are more than 10,000 styles of qigong and 200 million people practicing them all over China and the world.   Some of these forms of Qigong, are done with no movement at all, in standing, sitting and supine positions.   Some are done with gentle movements and some done with movements which are mixed with the stretching of the body or dynamic exertion of power.
                                                                                                 
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                                                Qigong Health Benefits

benefits include;

    * increase muscle strength and flexibility
    * improve lower back pain
    * encourage blood circulation
    * helps combating stress and depression
    * Better functioning of internal organs, helps with Diabetes, Heart Problem, Kidney problems etc.
    * Reduce high blood pressure
    * Improvement on mental attitude and power of perception as well as overall physical fitness
    * improvement on flexibility of joints, thus beneficial to people with Athritis.
    * Reduce the loss of Calcium thus improve bone density, thus beneficial to people suffer from Osteoporosis
    * The cardiovascular and respiratory functions are markedly improved.
    
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      Health Benefits

Tai chi has been described as a sophisticated type of QiGong and both are traditional Chinese arts.  The main difference being is that Tai Chi has a martial application and Qigong has none.

These disciplines -
- Improve balance, co-ordination and memory,
- Strengthen joints and develop and maintain flexibility,
- Enhance circulation and digestion,
- Boost the immune system function to help prevent illness,
- Help achieve and maintain correct body weight,
- Improve physical, mental and emotional health,
- Increase general vitality,
- Heighten awareness,
- Help reduce stress by promoting a sense of calm and well being,
- Slow the ageing process and helps prolong life.

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Taijiquan has long been know for the beneficial changes achieved in health, stamina and balance. The basic principles of Tai Chi include, correct breathing, continuous movement and precise body positions.

  1.  Using the correct breathing techniques has been found to benefit Asthma sufferers. Many rely less on their inhalers as a result. A study by Thomas (British Medical Journal) showed that many of his patients showed symptoms of dysfunctional breathing and this is known to antagonise the symptoms of asthma. Tai Chi, with its  correct breathing techniques, can also have a calming effect which is useful in asthma attacks.

 
  2. Bad circulation and some heart problems can improve because the continuous movements and flexing of the muscles improve the blood flow to the extremities.

 
  3. The regular practise of the Taijiquan forms is known to improve the immune system and strengthen muscles, tendons and joints.  There is an improvement in flexibility.  Arthritis and rheumatism sufferers have noticed an improvement after regular Tai Chi practise.

  
   4. A better balance and coordination brought about is beneficial in preventing falls in the elderly.

  
   5. The calming effect from practising Tai Chi, is known to combat the stresses of modern living.  Due to the feeling of being more in control, it also has the effect of increasing confidence and awareness.

Research conducted by western science and medicine has supported the practice of Taijiquan for health.   A paper published in the
The British Journal of Sports Medicine : "Tai chi: physiological and beneficial effects on health" Li JX; Hong Y; Chan KM., concluded that: "Taichichuan is a moderate intensity exercise that is beneficial to cardio respiratory function, immune capacity, mental control, flexibility and balance control; it improves muscle strength and reduces the risk of falls in the elderly."
A conclusion of the same nature was arrived at by a team of American scientists from the Tufts New England Medical Centre in Boston.  They looked at 47 studies concerning the effects of Tai Chi on healthy people and patients with chronic conditions, published in Archives of Internal Medicine.


Whether the research has been done in China or in Western institutions the proof is there in terms of symptomatic relief and improved health and well being.  A balanced view of life is often the result of practising Taijiquan.


                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                              
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