Qigong (pronounced Chee Kung) is a series of controlled movements combined with breathing exercises developed and practised in China for thousands of years. The regular practice of Qigong is designed to improve and maintain general health.
According to Chinese Historians there is evidence that the study of Chi (Qi) was under way as far back as 2690 BC, before Buddhism and martial arts. It was part of the Chinese Natural Science called Tao - the way of Nature.
The Chinese studied the balance of Yin and Yang - the balance of opposite forces such as hot and cold, Spring and Autumn, Summer and Winter, positive and negative, hard and soft. Through meditation and exercise using Chi, the Taoists discovered that Chi energy links with the internal organs, some of which are Yin and some Yang.
Chi exercises fall into two main categories: Qigong (Chi Kung) and T'ai Chi.
Qigong exercises help to generate, channel, conserve, store and direct the energy (Qi) in the body for achieving optimum health.
T'ai Chi exercises open up the gates and meridian channels of energy in the body, help to relax muscles and ligaments and to regulate the circulation of blood.
Generally, both T'ai Chi and Qigong exercises have been found helpful for people suffering with breathing difficulties, arthritis, depression, mild nervous disorders, high blood pressure, impotence, headaches and lower back problems. Exercises will balance the hormonal system, release toxins and strengthen the immune system. They also aid healing processes in the stomach, intestines, kidneys, liver and heart.
Qigong exercises are performed within the physical limits of the individual leading to a gradual improvement in mobility, balance, co-ordination and concentration. Qigong is non-competitive and easy to do.
Working through gentle exercise with Chi/Qi/Energy will help restore health, accelerate healing, slow ageing, relieve stress and enhance learning.
Qigong is an holistic approach to optimum health of mind, body and spirit.