A combination of moving, stationary, and breathing exercises, qigong modulates the body energy (Qi), for increased strength, resiliency, vitality, and resistance to illness and stress. Gong means an achievement or expertise that is accomplished through consistent practice.
Together, qigong (chi kung) is a Chinese medical system that stimulates or regulates the flow of energy in meridians by using specific, focused physical breathing techniques.
Qigong dates back 3,000 years to the Chinese medical system, and Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism. Many different qigong styles exist. Tai chi is one element of qigong. It focuses on physical strength conditioning, flexibility, resilience, mental focus and clarity, and on creating proper flow and balance of Qi throughout the body.
Qigong practitioners teach the client specific physical, breathing, or concentration exercises to stimulate the energy flow in specific meridians or acu-points.
Exercises may be performed standing (most common), sitting, or lying down. The practitioner will also use a variety of energy work techniques to clear blocked Qi and assist with the normalizing of the Qi flow. Clients may also be taught some basic self-massage techniques to make the exercises easier.
Qigong is a whole-body treatment that regulates the body, mind, and breath, which all affect health and the quality of Qi in the body. Qigong exercises focus on inward training, which can help clients reduce stress and increase relaxation.
A level of training that includes every competency component needed to safely and appropriately apply the treatment.
An additional treatment that first requires the practitioners to be trained in an appropriate related discipline.