What is QiGong?

QiGong is one of the four pillars of Traditional Chinese Medicine. 

QiGong, also known as Ch'i Kung, is pronounced as “chee gung” and is literally translated to mean “internal energy exercise / energy cultivation.”  QiGong is an ancient Chinese system of energy healing based on a set of techniques for becoming aware of, working with and learning how to control the vital energy flow of the body.  These techniques include breathing, gentle movement, guided energy techniques, and meditation to cleanse, strengthen and circulate this vital energy throughout the body. 

Students are taught how to visualize the vital energy field of the body and move it through the body to heal imbalances and physical conditions as a result of blocked, sluggish or excessive energy flow.

Vital energy is also known as “chi” in China, “qi” in Japan and “prana” in India.  A principle of Traditional Chinese Medicine is that all disease stems from an imbalance of vital energy flow throughout the 12 energy meridians (energy channels) of the body.  There are various points along the meridian system where energy is closest to the surface.  These points are called acupoints, and are stimulated in the practice of acupuncture and acupressure.  These energy meridians cannot typically be seen by the human eye, therefore in QiGong, visualization is used to “see” these meridians and harmonize the energy flow.

There are two methods used to experience QiGong: Either internally (self practice) or applied to you externally (by a QiGong Master).

All QiGong styles are based on similar principles:
- relaxed, rooted posture
- straight, supple spine
- deep abdominal breathing
- gentle, fluid movements (some forms of QiGong involve almost no external movement)
- tranquil awareness

QiGong is a spiritual practice which encompasses thousands of different styles, some used to address specific health conditions and others for general health and well-being.   Loosely defined, anything that you do with the intention of harmonizing your energy flow through breathing, meditation, and gentle movement can be considered a form of QiGong.  Four of the founding principles in QiGong are:

1. the mind is the presence of intention
2. the eyes are the focus of intention
3. the movement is the action of intention
4. the breath is the flow of intention

QiGong is practiced by more than 80 million people in both the East and West (with much more predominance in China).

The information in this website is for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as medical advice, nor used to replace, diagnose, prescribe, or treat any ailment, nor does it replace consultation with your medical doctor and practitioner. It is intended only to enhance your knowledge in healing therapies. Please use it wisely. We care about your well-being.
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