Qigong – pronounced “chee kong”,
Qigong is an ancient Chinese health modality that has been proven effective for a range of diseases and conditions, used extensively by tens of millions of people daily for preventative medicine and self-healing.
Qi - pronounced "chee" Translates as energy, vitality or life.
Gong - pronounced "kong" Translates as working with, developing or cultivating.
Qigong can therefore be interpreted as:
- working with energy
- developing vitality
- cultivating life
In Western society we are slowly awakening to the remarkable health benefits of the Traditional Chinese medical practices of Taiji (Tai Chi) and Qigong. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of forms of Qigong in existence, developed over the past 2,500 years. Comprising of a great many distinctive styles, traditions, systems, schools, teachers etc. each has their own unique approach, however all apply the philosophy and principles of the human energy system as defined in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Often described as moving meditation, Qigong uses mental stillness, relaxed and focused breathing combined with gentle, fluid, physical movements to encourage the flow and balance of Qi (life energy) throughout the body. Beneficial for all aspects of our wellbeing – physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. This is defined as Internal Qigong; self-help for health enhancement and disease prevention.
We can all benefit from an occasional “helping hand” when it comes to health and wellbeing. Some gentle assistance that encourages the mind and body to relax, unwind and enable the body to restore/maintain the natural flow of Qi (life energy).
In Traditional Chinese Medicine the practice of External Qigong – offers a gentle intervention, using the emission of Qi by a trained practitioner, directed to another person, transmitting Qi either through specific touch or by simply passing the hands over the recipient’s body.
Zu Qigong combines the simple touch technique of external qigong, the fluid gentle movements and mental focus of internal qigong with the basic theories of reflexology.