Let’s make Chi-Kung simple! What is Chi-Kung? “Chi-Kung is a traditional Chinese system of postures, exercises, breathing techniques, and meditations. Its techniques are built to improve and augment the body’s chi. According to standard Chinese philosophy, chi is the basic life energy accountable for vitality and health” (from medical dictionary). Chi-Kung is calculated to be about 5,000-7,000 years of age. It was passed down in privacy among monks and teachers for many generations and it also survived the Cultural Revolutions in China of the 1960s and 1970s, which banned many of these practices. These methodologies were brought to the West in the 1980’s to help forestall illness, promote self healing and encourage longevity. Today millions of people practice Chi-Kung worldwide . Chi-kung encourages you to find what works the best for your system.
The martial arts were highly influenced by Chi-Kung and a lot of them developed from it. Acupuncture and acupressure also use the same meridian (energy channel in the body) points that chi-kung practice clears and excites. Chi stands for the essential energy that creates life. Chi is in the air, in our food and daylight. In the body chi is the invisible crucial force that supports life. Chi-Kung : moving the energies, working with the life energy.
The movements are built to inspire the flow of this energy in the body. This flow provokes a self-healing processes. When this “meaningful flow” of energy is blocked – pain or illness is the result. It’s the continued practice of Chi Kung that increases your flow of energy and gives you energy and longevity. The exercises are accessible to all, the young, the old, able and less able. The benefits Chi-Kung may be use as a daily springboard in order to extend overall fitness and health of your body, as well as for disease prevention and longevity. Chi Kung creates balance, increases the body’s energies and develops feelings of health, strength, and wellbeing.
Chi Kung uses the natural functions of your body to release stress, develop flexibleness, coordination and staying power, and to heal chronic joint and back problems. The primary notion of Chi Kung is to develop and store Chi. In China, Chi-Kung is used in conjunction with other medical procedures for many persistent conditions, including asthma, allergies, Aids, cancer, headaches, depression, mental illness, strokes and heart disease. It is the ongoing practice of Chi-Kung that boosts your flow of energy and gives you dynamism and longevity.
Chi-Kung is composed of postures, movements, breathing techniques, and mental exercises. Postures may involve standing, sitting, or lying down. The postures and the movements are built to reinforce, stretch, and tone the body to improve the flow of energy. Meditations and mind exercises are used to improve the mind and move chi across the body. These exercises are usually visualizations that focus on different parts of the body.
Chi Kung exercises are cumulative. As you practice thru the years the consequences of the practices will increase. As you practice Chi Kung your body will become relaxed and stronger, your wellbeing will improve and your spirits will lift.
Chi-Kung is for you if you would like to : Feel full of energy Feel ecstatic and relaxed raise your personal well being and enhance your healthy.
This article was written by Louis Owens a student of Chi Kung/Qigong from Boston.