Qi Gong is composed of two different words in Chinese. “Qi” of the vital energy that exists in all life, and “Gong” or accomplishment which is gained through cultivation and steady practise. Together, Qi Gong is a system of gentle movement, breathing techniques and focused intention used to increase vitality, assist healing the body, benefit the immune system, and to gain a sense of calm and wellbeing.
Using gentle rhythmic movements, Qi Gong has also been found to improve cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic and digestive functions. It is beneficial for hand eye co-ordination and proprioception and those who maintain a consistent practice find that it helps one regain a youthful vitality, maintain health even into old age and helps speed recovery from illness.
Like a moving meditation, qigong is used to connect the mind, body and spirit. When these are integrated, negative thought patterns, behaviours and attitudes are given space to be cleared or transmuted. Practitioners of qigong will often fell a greater sense of harmony, stability and balance.