GIGONG HEALING - HOW DOES QIGONG
Understaning how qigong healing occurs is very
inspiring and encouraging for people to start and
continue Qigong practice. Knowing that Qi
blockages are the reasons we have health problems
is the key to understand why and how Qigong heals.
Qi is like a rich, growing medium which nurtures
and holds our body together. Qi cannot be seen but
can be felt. Qi and blood go together like a Yin and
Yang pair. Blood nurtures Qi circulation, and Qi
leads blood circulation.
Qigong strengthens the Qi flow in our body to
prevent Qi blockages, and therefore prevents
eventual health problems. For health problems
which already exist, Qigong practice can reverse the
process, and dissolve the Qi blockages. This ability to
dissolve blocked Qi and improve health is why
Qigong is considered to have a magical ‘healing
We all have Qi blockages inside, some more than
others. Our blocked Qi accumulates like dust. If we
do not take a shower for a couple of days, dirt builds
up on the outside of our body, and we feel dirty.
When Qi blockages accumulate inside us, we are not
aware until the imbalance creates a health problem
which can be detected by medicine. In order to stop
the accumulation of Qi blockages, an inner shower
is needed to cleanse, just as an outer shower cleanses
the outside of our body. Qigong practice is that inner
shower. It washes away Qi blockages, and keeps us
clean and healthy inside.
There are three basic elements to all Qigong exercise
forms: posture and physical movements, breathing
and mental concentration.
The first fundamental element is the adjustment of
our physical body, which can be in a still form, or a
moving form. As mentioned above, Qi is energy
which runs inside of our body along and beyond our
blood. Qi has its own energy channels which are
described by Chinese medicine in detail and which
acupuncture is based upon.
To understand why the physical form and posture is
important to Qi flow, simply imagine your body as a
water pipe. When a water pipe is laid out smoothly,
water runs very easily through. If the pipe is twisted
somewhere, the water has to squeeze through a
restricted area, decreasing its flow. Our body
functions as a ‘pipe’ for our Qi. Bad posture is the
equivalent of a twisted water pipe. The result of bad
posture will be an uneven flow of Qi, which can then
develop into Qi blockages over time. Being aware of
your posture all the time will help your Qi flow
Second, breathing is a very crucial element in all
Qigong practices. Breathing is important to our lives.
We die when we are unable to breathe. We
commonly understand that we breathe in oxygen,
and breathe out carbon dioxide. In Qigong
healing practice, you will learn that breathing is
about more than just oxygen and carbon dioxide.
Breathing is a channel through which we exchange
energy with our environment beyond oxygen and
carbon dioxide. Breathing strategies in Qigong
healing practices include natural deep breathing,
abdomen breathing, and body breathing.
The third element in Qigong practice is the most
important one: mental concentration. Concentration
is the essence of Qigong healing practice, and it
distinguishes Qigong from all other conventional
health practices and exercises. Your mind needs to
be involved and leading your Qigong practice.
More and more, we realize how critical our mind is
to our overall health. Our mind is very powerful. It
can both build and destroy. For most of people,
controlling what goes through our mind is not just
hard, it is almost impossible. We have discussed how
our mind contributes to our health status in Chapter
Qigong healing practice trains the mind to ‘behave’
the way you wish so you have more control. A very
common thing people experience after practicing
Qigong is mental calmness. There is a large amount
of visualization involved in many Qigong practices.
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