Qigong (also known as Chi Kung or Chi Gung), is one of the branches of Chinese medicine and has been practiced for centuries in China. It is a gentle exercise consisting of movements that stretch and twist the body and its energy channels, increase the movement of fluid (blood, synovial and lymph) throughout the body and build awareness of how the body moves in space. Regular practice can bring about a deep strengthening for the whole body and the nervous, digestive, respiratory, musculoskeletal, hormonal and gynecological systems. It is the regular practice that builds the cumulative effects.
In the beginning stages of practice the exercises and movements will gently open and stretch the joints and muscles of the body, releasing tension that might have been there for a long time, even years. The more you practice and the deeper you practice, the more you will understand the purpose of each movement. Relaxation and breath are key components of the practice and can bring about an inner tranquility that helps to balance against stress and over thinking, it is in this space where healing can take place.
Qigong movements can be adapted to an individual’s movement ability, making it suitable for everyone.