Zu Qigong is a new therapeutic approach initially developed during 2011/2012. It came about as a result of my studying Qigong and Tai Chi. Zu Qigong combines the basic principles of reflexology with certain aspects / theories of Qigong.
What is Qigong?
“Qi” – means Energy, Vitality or Life
“Gong” – means Working With, Developing or Cultivating. Qigong can therefore be interpreted as – Working with energy – Developing vitality – Cultivating life
Qigong – pronounced “chee kong”, is the collective name given to forms of movement and exercise that are designed to work with the “energy system” of the body. Qigong is a self help approach, using exercise and breathing, to harmonise and balance the energy flow within the energy network of the body. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of forms of Qigong developed over the past 2,500 years by the Chinese. There are different styles, traditions, systems, schools, teachers etc all with their own unique approach, however they all work following the physiology and principles of the human energy system as defined in Traditional Chinese Medicine. These exercises are regarded as being fundamental in helping to maintain good health and achieving longevity within Chinese culture & Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is only in the last few decades that Westerners and indeed our own health professionals have become aware of Qigong and the potential health benefits. Research is ongoing into the specific benefits that regular Qigong practice can achieve.
The Development of Zu Qigong
Studying Qigong was a natural progression for me, following on from my Chi-Reflexology training with Moss Arnold. Chi-Reflexology combines the principles of classical reflexology with aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Chinese Philosophy, using the energy or Meridian system of the body - working with the 12 main energy lines / meridians / channels, often referred to as the organ meridians. Qigong also works with the energy system of the body, however through my Qigong studies I became aware that there are in fact 20 major energy channels; i.e. in addition to the 12 meridians related to specific organs or functions there are a further 8 meridians known as the Extraordinary Vessels. Many Qigong exercises are designed to work specifically with the Extraordinary Vessels. These 8 pathways are believed to represent the body’s deepest energy structures and are thought to be involved in regulating energy flow within the organ meridians. They function as deep reservoirs from which the 12 regular meridians can be replenished or alternatively they can absorb any excess energy from the regular meridians. There is little information available about the Extraordinary Vessels in Western literature and it has taken some considerable time for me to clarify their locations, pathways, functions etc. By applying the information I have now gathered about the 8 Extra pathways, and using the philosophies and theories of Qigong alongside fractal and ECIWO theory, I believe it is possible to work directly with these Extra energy pathways as well as the 12 regular meridians, and it is this technique that I have chosen to call Zu Qigong. This technique enables the therapist to work with all 20 major energy meridians providing a more complete and deeper therapeutic outcome. Zu Qigong can be used as a “stand alone” therapy or combined with other reflexology, massage or energy based techniques.
Why “Zu Qigong”?
Zu (pronounced zoo) is the Chinese word for FOOT / FEET
(Also sometimes written as Tzu)
As discussed above Qigong can be interpreted as meaning “working with energy” Working with the energy meridians is the basis for this technique. The technique is a fusion of reflexology, and Qigong i.e. FOOT ENERGY WORK Hence the name Zu Qigong.
(The above information is based on theory, there is currently no published scientific evidence that I am aware of to prove or indeed disprove these theories. However the Chinese have been using the meridian / energy based approach in their healthcare for thousands of years with great success which would suggest that Western society has much to learn. These techniques should not be dismissed simply because we have not yet devised a scientific system to analyse this approach)