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Qigong is a therapeutic practice that has its roots in ancient Chinese culture dating back 4,000 years. In traditional Chinese medicine it is believed to have preventative and curative functions (for both body and mind) and to promote longevity.
Qigong is (a form of exercise) designed to align breath, movement and awareness. Some Qigong movements are very gentle; others more vigorous. Some movements are large and expansive; others are more subtle and powerful. Each movement has been designed to have a specific effect on the body and mind. Mindful practice of Qigong achieves a balance in body, mind and spirit.
The Qigong process assists in restoring balance and health. Health benefits of the practice may be to:
- Increase energy and creativity
- Regain movement in the joints
- Relieve pain and fatigue
- Improve balance—body, mind and spirit
- Improve the digestive system and create an efficient metabolism
- Manage anxiety, worry, frustration and anger
Qigong is a powerful system of healing movement… It uses diaphragm breathing, gentle moving the body in concert with the breath and energy sensitivity drills to cleanse, balance, and circulate vital energy.
The main goal of qigong is to rectify energetic imbalances in the body that accumulate during one’s lifetime. Imbalance may be caused by one or several of the following: stress, poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, injury, traumatic experiences, suppression of emotions, and illness.
Example Video:Qigong classes