Ahead of my new Qi Gong class starting at the Therapy Life Centre in Southend on Monday 11th September, here are a few things you might not know about this excellent health system.
If you would like to attend the class, or you would like to know more about Qi Gong, please do get in touch.
Qi Gong literally translates as ‘Breath Work’ or ‘Cultivating Breath’. It concentrates on posture (whether moving or stationary), breathing techniques and mental focus. Qi Gong can be soft, like Tai Chi, or it can be more vigorous, like kung fu, so it is suitable for all levels of fitness and can be practiced by all age groups.
The documented history of qigong goes back approximately 2,500 years. However Chinese archaeologists and historians have found references to qigong-like techniques at least five thousand years old.
Frequent practice harmonizes and strengthens the body, and has a healing effect on the functioning of all the internal organs and bodily systems.
It increases the flow of blood and energy, which helps to fully nourish all parts of the body. Initially many movements focus on gently opening and stretching the joints and muscles of the body, releasing tension that could have been there for years.
As the energy relating to the internal organs flows around the extremities of the body (hands and feet), stretching the arms and legs in specific movements also improves the health of the internal organs.
Qi Gong is not just postures and movement, but also includes self-massage, breathing techniques and meditation.
Qi Gong can be performed standing, seated or supine.
There is no need for special equipment or a large workout space.
Anyone can practice Qi Gong. There are techniques suitable for every age and physical condition.
People who exercise a lot and whose bodies are externally strong are not necessarily healthier or happier than the average person. In order to have true good health you must have a healthy body, a healthy mind, and also smooth and balanced Qi circulation. Qi Gong addresses mind and body!
If you would like to know more about Acupuncture and how it can help you, please call me on 07909 521847 or at the Therapy Life Centre on 01702 433959.