Saturday, May 19, 2018

Learning to Balance Energy: The Practice of QUIGONG in CHINESE MEDICINE

Photo  by Elvert Barnes 
Qigong is one of the most popular medical meditation practices used for Chinese medicine.  From its origins, it has been known to be not only a meditation, but also a self-medicating practice by moving the flow of energy, or Qi.  When one practices Qigong, they will focus on specific focal points of the body.  This allows them to clear these points and continue to stay balanced, energized and healthy.

Qigong is best known for combining its ideas of meditation, breathing, and movement.  This begins with a series of breathing exercises that are used in order to begin the flow of energy.  This is then combined with exercises that allow the muscles to become tense and relax.  These exercises are known to help the muscles to become heated, which in turn, allows for an increase in producing energy and digesting nutrients that are needed throughout the body.

When one is beginning Qigong, there will be a focus on deep breathing as well as the meditation of visualizations and clearing of the mind.  This purpose is to begin creating a discipline in the rhythms in one’s body.  The idea is that this will then begin to reflect the rhythms of life that are surrounding a person.  The result will be an elimination of tension of nerves, irregularities, and dysfunctions in the body.  The long-term result of this will be strengthening and balance of the body.

The main purpose behind Qigong is too active channels of energy that are in every person.  This is a holistic practice to healing that everyone has the ability to practice, either as a meditation or a way to develop a strengthening of the entire system.  The combination of meditation techniques with movement allows one to become in sync with the rhythm of their own body and life, giving them a holistic and balanced way of living.

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