What is QiGong?
QiGong (pronounced Chee-gong) is one of the 4 main modalities in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is a type of energy work that uses the wei qi fields (aura),
dantians and chakras, as well as the meridian system used in both Acupuncture and Tuina. Of the 4 main modalities, it is considered to be the oldest form of
Traditional Chinese Medicine, predating the NeiJing (3000 BCE). As a result it has an extraordinariy profound impact on the other modalities and even referred
to as the foundation of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
In a narrow, practical view with regard to human physiology, Qi is the life force that allows movement and function to occur. In the context of organs, it can
be the bioenergy that allows motility and mobility. Therefore, it is what allows the heart to beat and pump blood. It is what allows the Lungs to expand and
take in oxygen. It is what allows our digestive systems to break down food and transport it to the tissues. Within this view it becomes easier to see why energy
balance within the body becomes paramount when pursuing health.
What to expect from a QiGong treatment.
QiGong treatments can come in two forms. The first can be performed by the practitioner in a manner similar to ReiKi. It is a form of energetic treatment that
generally involves gentle contact or even no contact. The treatment takes place with the patient fully clothed while the practitioner works with the Wei Qi fields
(aura) of the body. While doing so the patient is ecouraged to relax and breath normally. The body’s energy, Qi, is encouraged to flow naturally and evenly
throughout its course of the body, while the internal organs are encouraged to move in harmony with one another. It is believed that if the Qi is strong and
harmonious in the body then disease can not take hold.
QiGong can also be prescribed as take home exercises, in which patients will learn movements coordinated with their breath. Such exercises are auxillary but still
necessary for optimal results. The movements seem similar in form to TaiJi Chuan and teaches awareness about energy circulation to the patient while they learn
to balance their energy themselves.
Following a QiGOng treatment the patient often feels a sense of relief, release, and of being grounded.
What is QiGOng used for?
QiGOng is used for treating many disorders and dysfunctions of both internal (visceral) and external (musculoskeletal) nature. It serves as a noninvasive
approach to dysfunctions that may otherwise not be reached without surgery. Since Traditional Chinese Medicine is a holistic paradigm,
its modalities are stronger when used in unison with each other. Therefore, the QiGOng treatment efficacy increases when used with Acupuncture, Tuina
massage, exercise and Medicated Diet.