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Healing Modalities: Medical Qigong: About: Overview

Qigong, literally meaning "energy skill" or "energy manipulation," is the ancient art and science of achieving greater physical and mental health, as well as stress reduction and relaxation, balance, stillness of mind and concentration, and subtle awareness. This is achieved in two main ways. Firstly, through daily personal practices, which utilize simple yet profound postures and movements, along with the breath and the focus of one's mind. Secondly, Qigong may also include the manipulation of one's energy by a qualified Qigong master.

Along with Acupuncture, Herbs, Dietetics, and Massage/Bodywork, Qigong is considered one of the five branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and has a history going as far back as 5,000 years. The three varieties, or categories, of Qigong, which overlap to varying degrees, include Martial Qigong, Medical Qigong, and Spiritual Qigong.

Medical Qigong, including Internal and External Qigong, deals primarily with health restoration and maintenance, rejuvenation, stress reduction and deep relaxation:

  • Internal Qigong may be practiced by oneself to promote personal health, aiding in relaxation, rejuvenation, restoration, stress reduction, emotional balance, mental focus, clarity, and well being.
  • With External Qigong Therapy, a Qigong practitioner emits energy towards the recipient in order to clear, strengthen, and regulate their energetic matrix, addressing specific health conditions or for overall health.
  • Internal Qigong may also include the prescription of specific exercises to address distinct health conditions, such as insomnia, high blood pressure, etc. and is often used as an adjunct to External Qigong Therapy. next>
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Healing Modalities: Medical Qigong: About: Benefits
Physical Benefits
  • Deep relaxation, rejuvenation, and physical restoration
  • Reduced pain, stress, and physical discomfort
  • Increased immune function (fewer colds, less prone to illnesses)
  • Increased vitality and stamina
  • Increased core strength and integration
  • Increased circulation of Blood and Qi (energy)
  • Faster recovery from illness and surgery
  • Increased absorption of nutrients from food and supplements
  • Greater balance, posture, and alignment
Mental & Emotional Benefits
  • Greater focus and clarity of mind
  • Increased confidence and sense of well being
  • Increased sense of personal worth and self value
  • Reduced mental and emotional stress
  • Clearing and transformation of deep-seated emotional traumas and pain
  • Greater emotional integration, balance and harmony
  • Improved awareness of emotional and energetic boundaries
Spiritual Benefits
  • Cultivation of virtue, clarity, balance, inner peace, and joy
  • Increased awareness of life purpose
  • Refined energy, vibration, and alignment
  • Profound feeling of unity with All-That-Is
  • Deeper sense of one's place and purpose in the universe
  • Increased ability to sense and project energy
  • Greater integration of body, mind, emotion, energy, and spirit

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Healing Modalities: Medical Qigong: About: Practice

A regular Qigong practice can be used to promote general health, aiding in relaxation, rejuvenation, restoration, stress reduction, emotional health, mental clarity, and well being. It can also be used to develop subtle healing abilities, energetic perceptions, and mental focus.

A person who practices with sincerity, is regular in their practice, and has the guidance of a qualified Qigong teacher yields benefits, especially over time, that are profound. Sincerity simply means approaching the practice with an open mind and heart, and allowing energetic changes to occur and take their natural course. Regularity in practice is also important, because each practice session initiates, promotes, and nurtures new energetic patterns in the physical tissues as well as the subtle energy bodies. Regular practice ensures that these new patterns take root and are given a chance to unfold, while old and outmoded patterns are slowly rooted out. Even 10 minutes a day of sincere practice can have powerful results over time, in the same way that one small step taken each day adds up to a long journey over time.

In addition to a regular sincere practice, it is notably important to have the help of a qualified Qigong teacher for various reasons. First, a teacher will make subtle corrections in the student's posture, breath, and focused intention to ensure that each minute spent in practice yields the most benefit. A teacher is also aware of the many energetic transitions that occur as a result of sincere practice, and will be available to answer the many questions and concerns that arise during these transitions, giving the student support based on first-hand personal experience. A teacher will also greatly accelerate the student's progress through direct energetic transmission of subtle teaching and healing, while also suggesting which Qigong practices to do based on observing the student's needs and energetic constitution over time, both of which are always changing and evolving. <previous next>

Healing Modalities: Medical Qigong: About: Treatments

In External Qigong Therapy, also known as Energy Emission Therapy, a Qigong practitioner uses energy and intention to clear, strengthen, and regulate the client's energetic matrix, addressing specific health conditions or to promote overall health. External Qigong may also be used by Qigong teachers to assist their students in accelerating skills and abilities.

The practitioner initiates an External Qigong Treatment session by a special meditation that creates a safe and nurturing space within which the treatment will occur. Next, the client's condition is assessed via energetic palpation skills. Finally, applying the methods and principles of Daoist Chinese Medicine, the practitioner promotes health and well being within the client's physical tissues and energetic matrix via the practitioner's trained ability to lead, guide, nurture, support, and emit energy. Depending on the specific needs of the client, the practitioner may purge excess, blocked, turbid, and/or stagnant energy from any of the client's tissues, organs and/or meridians. The practitioner may also emit energy into areas, organs, systems, or channels that are deficient and in need of energizing, bolstering and support. Finally, the practitioner will regulate the client's entire energetic matrix, including the physical, mental, emotional, energetic, and spiritual aspects, via highly specialized energy emission and guiding techniques.

Following the treatment, the practitioner may prescribe Internal Qigong movement exercises for the client to practice on their own time, which will be specific to both the needs of the client as well as the healing initiated in the treatment session.
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Healing Modalities: Medical Qigong: About: Prescriptions

Internal Qigong exercises may be prescribed to address specific health conditions, such as insomnia, high blood pressure, etc., and are often used as an adjunct to External Qigong Therapy. Internal Qigong exercises are also prescribed to Qigong students for developing and refining their abilities to feel, guide, and emit energy.

The Qigong practitioner assesses the client's physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual condition through a variety of techniques. Some of these may include assessment via the pulse, tongue, energetic palpation, observation, and questions. Specific Qigong exercises are prescribed based on the practitioner's findings and assessment, as well as the client's intended results.

These prescriptions may include simple movements designed to open the flow of Qi along specific meridians (energetic channels) in the body, or special tones designed to purge toxic Qi from any of the internal organs or systems of the body. For Qigong students, the prescriptions are designed to create openings, energetic development and maturity, aiding them on the path to mastery of Qi.

The prescribed Qigong exercises, when preformed with care and sincerity by the client or student, help create and nurture new patterns of health, vitality, and energy on the physical as well as mental, emotional, and spiritual level. The prescriptions may be practiced by themselves, or used to support and nurture healing initiated with External Qigong Therapy. <previous

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Movement is

life, stillness

is love. To be

still and still

moving -

This is

everything.

Lao Tzu