Pronounced chee-gong…Qigong is a moving meditation practice that comes from ancient China and is connected to Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Qi (chi) translates to mean life-force energy, and Gong to mean work, or cultivate. The literal translation of Qigong being ‘energy work’.
The best way to describe the practice of Qigong is as a gentle and restorative exercise therapy. The purpose of the practice is to release tension; physical, mental and emotional tension, in order to allow the energy of the body to circulate freely and without stagnation or blockage.
Qigong activates our body’s energy system and the innate self-healing capacity of the body. Ultimately the practice is a moving meditation that incorporates acupressure, slow stretches, gentle flowing movement and stillness.
Qigong originates from China and dates back around 4,000 years. The practice is an exercise therapy that forms part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is made up of a series of dynamic and static movements which focus on the combination of three principals: the body, the mind and the breath.
Historically in the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Qigong was first in the therapeutic order, this is the order in which a doctor or practitioner approaches the treatment of a patient. Traditional Chinese Medicine is a holistic system of medicine, approached similarly to naturopathy (and other natural medicine modalities). The first order of business being to ‘remove the obstacles to cure’ – things related to lifestyle such as stress, diet, medications, toxicity and imbalances.
If you were to visit the doctor affected with one of the many lifestyle related illnesses (chronic, autoimmune and inflammation dis-eases) of our modern culture, Qigong would most likely be a major aspect of your healing prescription.