What is Qigong?
Qigong [CHēˈgäNG, -ˈgôNG] is the skill of cultivating vital energy, or the ability to manifest and influence the electromagnetic energy of the body.
Qigong is a mind-body practice that improves mental and physical health by integrating posture and movement, breathing techniques, and focused intention. Individuals practice Qigong to maintain health, improve performance or energy levels, heal from illness, and connect with spirit.
Qigong is an accessible and adaptable practice that can enrich lives regardless of age, ability, or belief system.
Properly practiced Qigong enables people to feel better, improve strength and balance, reduce pain, relieve illness, and calm the mind.
Qigong is generally divided into three categories: Martial, Medical, and Spiritual practices which are tailored to the desired outcome. We integrate all three general categories of Qigong practice - understanding the value and influence each type of Qigong has on the others. In the clinic and classroom, we specialize in the Medical aspects of Qigong which can be further refined into two basic categories:
Internal Qigong For Health
Typically used as self treatment, and referred to as 'Qigong for Health,' Internal Qigong is practiced to regulate healthful function within the body. The purpose of internal Qigong is to enhance health, prevent disease, and harmonize the Qi of the body.
This practice typically combines breathing and movement exercises, and/or meditations and is practiced individually, or in a group setting. An Internal Qigong exercise is often prescribed to a person in an External, or clinically based Medical Qigong treatment.
External Medical Qigong
Practiced in a clinical setting, External Medical Qigong is the process of Qi emission. A trained practitioner directs or emits Qi to others, removing toxic stagnation, as well as rebuilding and harmonizing the patients Qi.
Receiving External Qigong from a qualified practitioner can have a profound effect, and is usually combined with an Internal Qigong prescribed by the practitioner that is then practiced by the patient.
Medical Qigong Treatments
A typical Medical Qigong session starts with an intake where the practitioner determines a diagnosis and treatment plan, and is followed by a treatment specifically designed to address the individual. Following the Qigong treatment, the practitioner will prescribe a tailored internal Qigong practice based on the needs of the patient.
During a Medical Qigong treatment the practitioner often works within a few feet of the patients body, and may incorporate light touch to guide the movement of Qi.
The patient may experience sensations such as warmth, tingling, coolness, or vibrations as the Qi moves in the body, and sometimes twitching as the stagnant energy releases. Generally, patients find the treatment extremely relaxing and rejuvenating.