Qigong (pronounced “chee gong”) originated from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It is a system practiced for health maintenance, healing and increased vitality.
“Qi”, as described on my Science of Energy Medicine page, is “life force energy” or “vital energy” and “gong” means a skill or a practice that is cultivated. Qigong integrates graceful movements (postures and exercises), breathing techniques, and focused intentions.
There are various aspects of Qigong that are broadly described as internal and external. Internal Qi is the life force energy that exists within all people. If a person has low internal Qi, for example, she/he will be prone to sickness or dis-ease. External Qi is the life force energy that includes the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the environment. Once external Qi is absorbed, it becomes internal Qi.
In TCM, good health is a result of a well-balanced, free-flowing energy system. Qigong, practiced regularly, helps to cleanse the body of toxins, restores energy, reduces stress and anxiety, helps people maintain a healthy lifestyle, and assists with the integration of mind, body, and spirit.
My current Qigong instructor certification is the Level III Workshop Facilitator, that I obtained through the Supreme Science Qigong Center (SSQC). Additionally, I am trained as a facilitator for SSQC’s “Food-Based Healing” system. Visit www.Qigong.com for more information. I am very excited about this integrated approach to Qigong because it imparts a complete program that can offer health and wellness to all people of all ages and belief systems!
I am available to teach both group and private lessons of the Level I-III forms and also other Qigong and breath work forms. The SSQC describes the Level I form as follows.
“The hallmark of the Level-1 form and Supreme Science Qigong is using subtle movements and Moving with Sincerity.” This means that each move is gracefully executed and precise. This allows you to move effectively through the universal “Energy Plasma,” which God generously gives to sustain life. This plasma energy around us is subtle and delicate. Wind carries it back and forth in nature, yet it is better to practice without any wind. It is when the energy becomes almost still, like a calm perfectly still lake, that you can really feel its healing power, tangibly, like a thick substance. When you move slowly and with sincerity the energy plasma is undisturbed and is easily absorbed by your body. For this reason, our styles move slower than most. We are perfecting movement. Often people who have taken Tai Chi-Qigong for 20 years or more will remark that after studying the particular form that they have a new-found sensitivity to Qi.
CREDIT: SSQC Qigong Healing and Miracle Making Comprehensive Training Manual, 11/1/2006