Qi gong is an integration of physical postures, movement, self massage, breathing techniques and focused intention that cultivates energy, awareness and vitality in its practitioner. There are different forms of qi gong that have evolved and been passed down through generations, and styles vary from the soft internal Tai Chi, to the more vigorous external styles such as Kung Fu. Qi (pronounced chee), meaning vital energy that flows thorough all things in the universe, and Gong (pronounced gung) translates to accomplishment or skill cultivated through steady practice. Increasingly people in the West are discovering that a daily practice of qi gong can positively impact their vitality, concentration, and overall wellness.
Cultivating a daily qi gong practice is an excellent way to take direct charge for one's own health and energy. The gentle, rhythmic movements of qi gong reduces stress, builds stamina, increases vitality, and enhances the immune system. It has also been found to improve cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic and digestive functions. Those who maintain a consistent practice find that it helps one regain a youthful vitality, maintain health into old age and helps speed recovery from illness. Qi gong can be tailored to any person's ability, no matter state of health or age. Western scientific research confirms that Qi Gong reduces hypertension and the incidence of falling in the aged population. One of the more important long-term effects of a consistent practice is that it reestablishes the body/mind/soul connection which enhances one's awareness. Check out this link to the National Qi Gong Association's website if you would like to read more medical studies about Qi Gong.
Within traditional Chinese medicine, there are 5 branches of action/treatment to maintain wellness. Acupuncture, herbal medicine, bodywork, diet/nutrition, and exercise such as tai chi or qi gong. We offer all of the five branches of traditional Chinese medicine, including the recent inclusion of introductory qi gong classes and private qi gong instruction. If you are interested in learning more, check out our upcoming class schedule or follow this link to schedule a private session.
Autumn Compton is a certified shiatsu massage therapist and Qi Gong instructor.