Fact: Qigong is the base for all martial arts. There are over 200 forms of Qigong.
Origin: China – Qigong is known to be over 7000 years old.
Therapy Type: Movement
WHAT EXACTLY IS QIGONG?
Qigong, pronounced ‘chee kung’ and is an ancient Chinese health system, that recovers and supports the body’s flow of life energy (qi). This is performed through meditation, visualization and breathing techniques, which are integrated alongside moderate exercise.
The foundations of Qigong are founded upon the need for synchronicity between the elements of Ying and Yang, providing the meridians with the flow of qi. It is believed that all things and the energy of the universe is based upon qi and can be separated into two types, symbolizing two polar opposites, which are consistently experiencing change.
It is believed that illness arises through disparity between Ying and Yang and by maintaining a flow of qi, by utilizing the simple techniques the body’s mental and physical wellbeing will be sustained and restored and ill health can be avoided.
Qigong is usually taught in a class situation and is suitable for any age, however it can be particularly beneficial for the elderly, as it supports and maintains fitness and flexibility. Once you have learnt the gentle, rhythmical motions of Qigong, they can be outside of class, to support self-healing. Furthermore through the teachings of Qigong, an individual can become more deeply aware of their own body, especially through the concentration of their own breath, as this is an important part of the Qigong process.
Qigong may benefit the following physical and mental conditions:
Your initial consultation may last between 60 to 75 minutes. Follow up sessions are shorter and are generally 30 to 45 minutes in duration. Qigong specialists typically make observations to determine your physical, emotional, and energetic condition.
Furthermore by using their unique skill, referred to as an "inner vision" the Qigong practitioner can determine any health issues and imbalances by just looking at you. This inner vision helps the therapist to identify your pattern of energy (qi) and, importantly, tell you where it is blocked. Your blocked energy may manifest itself in certain ways including pain, numbness, tumor or infection.
The therapist will move their hands a few inches above your body, using subtle energetic palpation to tune in to the internal organs and deeper meridian pathways. Following the therapists ‘vision’ of your flow of qi, they will re-establish the flow of qi, by using a light touch at various pressure points. These points are the head, below the knee and elbow and around the center of the navel. Upon the qi energy beginning to flow around the body, it can create various different sensations for the client, ranging from; vibration, coolness, tingling, warmth, to occasionally twitching when energy is released from blocked and inactive areas.
Qigong clients can become aware of uncomfortable emotions that have been suppressed and experience an emotional release either during or after the treatment. This can be extremely beneficial to their psychological and physiological wellbeing.
After the treatment, you will be given specific qigong exercises and meditations tailored to your needs. These prescriptions will assist you in your ongoing healing.
The number and frequency of follow-up sessions will be determined by your qigong therapist and will depend on the severity of your condition.
Most people find qigong deeply relaxing and enjoy the tension it releases throughout the body. It is also extremely safe and effective when carried out by a qualified therapist. It is wise to carry out some research and select a member of, or accredited by, an association or professional body such as The Massage Association of New Zealand (MNZ).
Qigong therapists are obligated to a code of ethics and procedure that determines the therapy is carried out in a suitable and safe environment. These regulations also guarantee a specialist who has undergone certifiable training and receives professional upskilling.
The Wellness Directory provides a ready-made referral list of certified Practitioners within your region. We fully encourage you to do some independent research by checking out individual credentials, i.e. experience, training, qualifications, relevant client feedback and so forth.
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