Zu (pronounced zoo) is the Chinese word for FOOT / FEET
Qigong can be interpreted as meaning “working with energy”
Zu Qigong has been developed by combining the main underlying principle of reflexology, the premise that the feet provide an anatomical representation of the human body, with the basic principles of the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practice of Qigong. i.e. FOOT ENERGY WORK Hence the name Zu Qigong.
Zu Qigong can be described as a simple, energy-based technique that uses a specific sequence of gentle touch movements applied to the feet and lower legs, effectively delivering energy (Qi) into the energy distribution network of the body – the meridian system. Specifically designed to support and encourage the overall health and wellbeing of the individual, unlike many contemporary therapies, this technique is not about diagnosing or treating specific ailments or conditions, but instead offers a truly holistic approach. Zu Qigong acknowledges that, given the correct internal and external environmental conditions, the human body has the inherent capacity to repair and maintain its own unique healthy function, understanding that the mind and body work in unison and are interdependent for health and wellbeing. Zu Qigong offers effective support at all levels, physical, mental, and emotional, remembering that it is not the therapist who heals, all healing comes from within. This therapy is delivered unconditionally, an interaction between therapist and client, offering support with care and compassion, accepting that all change is directed by the recipient’s mind and body not forced or controlled by the therapist.
Simple, gentle and effective.
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 main underlying principle 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.