From the International Institute of Medical Qigong website:
“Medical Qigong is an ancient form of Chinese energetic medicine, and is one of the four main branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), along with acupuncture, herbal medicine, and medical massage. As with the other “Branches” of TCM, healing occurs through balancing qi or electromagnetic energy which surrounds and pervades all living creatures”.
Medical Qigong is the skillful application of life force energy designed to correct energetic imbalances which occur as a result of a busy lifestyle, poor diet, illness/injury, consistent negative emotions, and many other reasons. The practice is reputed to be over 5000 years old, originating in Ancient China and with influences from other countries such as India. It is a holistic practice using gentle physical exercises, visualizations, meditations, and breathing techniques to correct imbalances and create optimal health and wellness.
Benefits of Medical Qigong classes and individual sessions include:
- decreased pain
- better sleep
- increased vitality and energy
- improved mood
- greater peace of mind
- increased resiliency to life’s challenges
- increased emotional stability
- reduced susceptibility to illness/disease
- impoved digestion
The Qigong practitioner seeks to support, not replace, the care of other professionals, including physicians, therapists, and/or acupuncturists. Qigong is not a panacea, and is not a substitute for conventional medical diagnosis or treatment for any medical or psychological condition. Qigong sessions and exercises are designed to assist clients in maintaining physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. The practitioner does not diagnose, cure, heal, treat disease, or prescribe mediation – s/he helps to remove energetic blockages so the body can heal itself.