What is Qi Gong?
"Qi" is the Chinese word for "life force energy", or the animating power that moves through all living things. When we are in good health, the Qi in our body flows smoothly like a clear stream, rather than being blocked, polluted or stagnant. "Gong" means "work" or "benefits acquired through perseverance and practice". Thus Qi Gong means working with life force energy to improve the health and harmony of body and mind.
What does Qi Gong involve?
Qi Gong is a holistic system of self-healing exercises which include gentle flowing movements, breathing techniques, healing postures and meditation. Through these methods, Qi is accumulated and stored in the body, like filling a reservoir. Similarly, any impure or polluted Qi can be cleansed and refined into pure, healing Qi. Qi Gong is a pillar of Chinese Medicine alongside acupuncture, herbs and massage. Patients who practice Qi Gong recover more quickly and learn how to take charge of their own health.
What is a Qi Gong session like?
In our practice, we tend to start with warm up and stretching exercises to activate the Qi and release any energy that is stuck within the body. Then we move into some gentle flowing movements designed to build and circulate healthy Qi. We often finish with a soothing meditation to further calm the mind and embed the energetic benefits we have cultivated.
Qi Gong is suitable for all ages and abilities. Whilst usually done in a standing position, it can also be done seated.
What Qi Gong classes do you run?
I currently run group classes in Beeston & Long Eaton. Have a look at my booking page for further details.