What is Qigong? Qigong (Pinyin), ch'i kung (Wade-Giles), and chi gung (Yale) are the English romanizations for the Chinese characters: Qì (氣) and Gōng (功). Qì is literally translated as ‘air’ or ‘breath,’ and can be understood as ‘life force.’ Gong is translated as ‘skill’ or ‘achievement.’ Qigong is the skill of cultivating vital energy; it is the ability to manifest and influence the electromagnetic energy of the body. We do this by integrating posture and movement, breathing techniques, and focused intention and thereby improve our mental and physical health. Qigong is an accessible and adaptable practice that can enrich lives regardless of age, ability, or belief system. At Red Thread Institute we are invested in sharing this practice with people, for their benefit as well as the benefit of those they work with, should they choose to be a Qigong healer.
There are three main forms of Qigong: martial, medical and spiritual. At Red Thread Institute we have programs available to you to explore each of these different aspects, whether it be Exploring the Tao, the Practitioner of Medical Qigong program, or the Inner Radiance 6 week series. Our specialization is Qigong, whether for self-treatment (internal) or for clinical practice (external), we offer in depth training.
For the person seeking to be a Qigong healer, our clinical program is extensive. One can obtain certifications at each level, beginning with Practitioner (MQP), onto Therapist (MQT), Masters (MMQ) and culminating in Doctor of Medical Qigong (DMQ). For information about the required hours and tuition for each course, please refer to our Education section.