Qigong energizes the internal organs by combining disciplined breathing techniques with subtle but focused movement.
“Qi” is a Chinese term for internal energy. “Internal energy” is an abstract concept which cannot be directly translated to Western languages. It is believed to be a type of “life force” that animates our entire universe, connects us to it, and flows dynamically through our bodies.
Qigong exercises relax the body, deepen our breath and coordinate breathing with simple movements. It doesn’t look like much, but it takes focused concentration to practice.
Practically, it increases oxygen utilization and lung capacity, it develops mental concentration and focus, and affords us a more stable psychological and emotional well-being. There is an increase in energy levels, greater flexibility and an improved range of functional movement.
Qi Gong can help people lower high blood pressure. It can assist recovery from a traumatic event like an accident or a battle with cancer. It gives seniors more energy and vitality. It is an alternative therapy for people with chronic problems like headaches, sinus problems, allergies or asthma.
Qigong helps keep the connective tissue vibrant, strong and healthy. It helps correct muscle imbalances to improve movement efficiency. It stimulates the internal organs, working on keeping you well from the inside out, as opposed to the outside in. It is a good complement to more physically demanding forms of exercise by creating a buoyancy in the body.