Qi Gong (Chi Kung)

Chi Kung, Qi Qong, Tai' Chi'. If you've listened to the news recently you might have heard a lot about these wonderful martial arts based exercises. Martial artists have known the benefits of these soft style exercises for centuries and possibly even millennium. But today they are quickly becoming mainstream for their many benefits.

Qigong (or ch'i kung) is an internal Chinese meditative practice which often uses slow graceful movements and controlled breathing techniques to promote health. Qi gong is often confused with Tai' Chi. Tai' Chi can be thought of as a form of Qi Gong. Qi Gong is the more general term and Tai; Chi' is the term to describe the Qi Gong practiced by Tai' Chi' Chuan (a martial art) practitioners. Most practitioners of martial arts will practice some form of Qi gong. Tai' Chi' is just the form that has been popularized.

Chi Kung (Qi Qong) is an amazing exercise which has many benefits beyond cardiovascular fitness. Recently called by Harvard Medical School "Moving Medication"

"Tai chi is often described as "meditation
in motion," but it might well be called "medication in motion." There is growing
evidence that this mind-body practice ... has value in treating or preventing many health problems."

        -- Harvard Medical Health Publication, 05/09

As a stand alone program the practitioner will realize tremendous health benefits. Chi or "life force" is developed through breathing exercises combined with physical exercises. More than just a great workout

Benefits include:

  • oxygenating the blood stream
  • Developing balance
  • Developing coordination
  • Developing incredible lower body strength
  • Relaxation
  • General sense of health

Medical research has shown that Qi Gong has medical benefits for the following conditions:

  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Heart Disease
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Weight Loss
  • ADHD
  • Parkinson's Disease

Research has also shown it can boost your immune system by up to 50%

In my personal experience I have seen it have a tremendous positive effect on those suffering from fibromyalgia
       ~Phil Weaver

We use a very easy to learn format for our Qi Gong exercises. We do not teach a form, we teach exercises which are put into looping patterns. Because the mind is not trying to follow a form but instead a repetitive motion, greater degrees of perfection in the motion are achieved.

Qi Gong is a highly beneficial part of a well rounded Workplace Wellness Program. Those who spend long hours at a desk will find many of the exercise are great at loosening up the back and shoulders. Whether you use the desk exercises or you prefer to stand up and use our office safe Office Exercises, you'll find these exercises very fun and invigorating.

Practicing Tai Chi Boosts Immune System in Older Adults

        ~UCLA Study March 2007

Elderly's restless nights helped by ancient martial art

        UCLA study June 2008
Qi Gong practice is said to be the fountain of youth. Proper development of chi and oxygenation of the blood ensure proper functioning of the organs. The belief is that as we age the diaphragm stiffens. This stiffening of the diaphragm causes us to breath shallow. This shallow breathing causes a slow, long term oxygenation deprivation which eventually effects the brain. This is said to be the cause of age related illness such as memory loss. Keeping up on a regimen of Chi Kung training prevents this.

Additionally, the deep breathing massages the organs below the diaphragm. This movement in the organs causes proper fluid flow and keeps the organs healthy. This is especially helpful in avoiding lower back problems which are often caused or exacerbated by lack of fluid flow which leads to poor toxin elimination in the disks between the vertebrae.

Start Break Pal now to realize the wonderful effects of Qi Gong.