Qigong (or ch’i kung) is an internal Chinese meditative practice which often uses slow graceful movements and controlled breathing techniques to promote the circulation of qi within the human body, and enhance a practitioner’s overall health. There are more than 10,000 styles of qigong and 200 million people practicing these methods. There are three main reasons why people do qigong: 1) To gain strength, improve health or reverse a disease 2) To gain skill working with qi, so as to become a healer 3) To become more connected with the “Tao, God, True Source, Great Spirit”, for a more meaningful connection with nature and the universe.

In its simplest form, the Chinese character for qi, in qigong, can mean air, breath, or “life force”. Gong means work, so qigong is therefore the practice of “working” with ones “life force”. Qigong can be seen as a set of breathing and movement exercises, with possible benefits to health through stress reduction and exercise. Many practitioners view qigong in more metaphysical terms, claiming that qi can be felt as a vibration or electrical current and physically circulated through channels called meridians Many testify to a reduction or elimination of pain through the use of qigong.

I am trained as a medical qi gong instructor. These are exercises and healing sounds that help to heal the 5 main organs: Liver, heart, spleen, kidney and lungs. You can find the instructions and pictures of these exercises along with their visualizations on my website under “qigong.”

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