Qigong (also spelt Chi Kung) = Chi/Qi: means ‘energy’ and Gong/Kung means ‘moving’, ‘working’ or ‘manipulating’; so qigong means ‘energy work’.
Qigong is the name given to exercises and meditations, which use and direct the flow of chi in the body, promoting health and well-being in people who practice qigong. It originates from China and is an ancient form of exercise for health and vitality, having attributes of both tai chi and yoga. It as been passed down through the generations and is closely linked to traditional Chinese medicine. Although still not well known in the west it is practised by millions of people all over the world.
All Bao’s Lung Fei Tai Chi classes have qigong practice as part of their sessions. qigong is a discipline that exercises the mind, and combines breathing, posture, movement, stretching and meditation to promote mental and physical health, vitality, flexibility and stamina. It helps fight stress, increase blood circulation in the body, improve flexibility of the muscles, ligaments and tendons, boost the immune system and energy levels, developing a sense of calm and equilibrium. If practised regularly, it is effective in preventing illness.
Qigong is fairly easy to learn, but mastering it needs commitment from the practitioner, so persevere in your training. Qigong is used as a healing therapy and regulates the body’s energies in order to prevent, postpone, reduce or even sometimes eliminate suffering caused by disease.
Scientists are now studying qigong and they have noticed that regular practise helps reduce stress and promotes a sense of calm and improves health, vitality in body, mind and spirit. It also helps practitioners with health conditions such as hypertension, arthritis, rheumatism, headaches, migraines, insomnia, asthma, diabetes and ME.
To get information on the difference between qigong and tai chi, please look at the ‘what is tai chi’ page.
What is shibashi?
Shibashi simply means ’18 movements’ in Chinese, and consist of qigong exercises, some inspired by tai chi, created and developed by Lin Housheng.