“QiGong”(chi-kung) Toni Miles, “Miles Fitness”
The majority of us have heard of Tai Chi which is over 1,000 years old. Tai Chi is a form of QiGong and has been practiced in China for more than 2,000 years. “Qi” is the Chinese word for “life energy,” and “Gong” means “work and practice.” QiGong works with the flow of life energy to improve the health and harmony of the body, mind, and spirit, as well as with one’s surroundings.
Once the Qi (energy) flows freely and evenly, the body heals and restores itself naturally, efficiently, and consistently. This emotional balance and physical health are improved and maintained. QiGong has most recently been used in conjunction with modern medicine to cure cancer, immune system disorders, and other life-threatening conditions.
Listed below are additional health benefits:
- Reduces back pain
- Corrects posture
- Helps relaxation
- Assists with long-term health and longevity
- Builds invigorating energy
- Improves coordination and balance
- Builds confidence and self-esteem
- Strengthens muscles
- Increases your breathing capacity
- Teaches pain management
- Balances right and left brain activity
Guidelines for practicing QiGong:
- Relax deeply and allow the mind to be free of concerns and considerations.
- Breathe from the diaphragm (a method also known as abdominal breathing.)
- When practicing these breathing exercises, always pause between inhalation and exhalation, to give the “Qi” energy time to collect itself when you are manipulating its strength or force, or to make any necessary changes in direction during circulation.
- Breathe through the nose, with your tongue placed in a natural resting position against the upper teeth and palate and your lips pressed lightly together.
- The tongue is always against the palate, because it acts as a bridge for the chi energy to pass through from the top of the head down through the esophagus.
- Feel free to make up your own routine and change the practices to suit your needs, likes and limitations.
Try This Exercise
Self Massage (abdomen)
This is for the digestive system. Feeling more centered brings a sense of inner peace and well being. It is also a gentle massage incorporating natural, relaxed and deep breathing, together with visualization. This exercise can be done standing or sitting.
- Place one hand on top of the other and put them two inches below the naval area. This area is considered your energy source (Dan Dian in Chinese). Close eyes and focus on the warm sensation in that area;
- Be quiet for a few moments to center yourself, then begin circling the palms of your hands up the left side of the lower abdomen with an “in” breath, and down the right side with an “out” breath;
- Do this a few times, and then change direction. Mentally imagine light/I (energy) coming in through the palms of your hands, filling all the internal organs and whole body and mind, melting away tensions, blockages, and diseases;
- Then allow the light/Qi (energy) to fill an area around the body to a distance of about one arm length in every direction;
- Finally, imagine bringing that energy source (ball of light) back to the Dan Dian (naval area);
- Repeat as many times as needed.
Enjoy your new life of balance, strength and harmony.
For more information regarding QiGong, go to: WebMD.com, Care2.com or Acufinder.com
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