What is Qi Gong?

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Qi Gong is a simple, efficient, effective method for healing physical, mental and emotional pain. The goal of simple Qi Gong movement is to learn how to open your energy channels and maintain balance. With balance comes healing, peak performance, health, inner peace, harmony and happiness.

Qi Gong has been practiced for thousands of years and, originated in China. Chinese people call the energy in a person’s body “Qi.” “Gong” means “the work of” or “the practice of.” Thus, Qi Gong is the practice of energy. The movements are slow and focused, a bit like Tai Chi.

For thousands of years, the practice of Qigong was a closely guarded secret, revealed only to a chosen few. Even today, traditional Qi Gong techniques can require years of rigid, disciplined practice to develop proficiency. Many Qi Gong masters also do not explain why or how Qigong works. Spring Forest Qi Gong is simple, easy to follow and effective, creating balance between the yin (female) and yang (male) energy in the body, essential for optimum health and vitality.

Blockages in our energy systems in the body can occur for many reasons and over many years. Energy gets blocked by negative emotion, poor nutrition, an unhealthy environment, changes in the weather, injuries and medication.

Negative emotion is a huge factor in the health of our body. It has been shown that negative emotions cause changes in the communication between cells, their physical structure becomes distorted and vital hormonal messages do not get through. There is an imbalance between the top and bottom halves of the body. A simple change in emotion, thoughts of happiness, joy, gratitude, cause instant shifts in body chemistry, more communication between the cells of our body and a more balanced system.

Long-term ingestion of processed foods, high in saturated fats and refined sugars is detrimental to our health as the body lacks vital nutrients and micro-elements, essential for normal body function. Lack of water quickly causes dehydration. Many people in the Western world suffer from chronic dehydration which can lead to kidney problems, circulation and liver problems over time.

Believe it or not, your environment plays a large part in the health of your body over time. Feng Shui is a traditional practice originating from ancient China, which uses energy forces in the land to harmonize individuals with their surrounding environment. The term feng shui means "wind-water". Qi Gong incorporates Feng Shui for optimal energy flow within and without the body. Feng Shui affects everyone living in a home so, by optimising this energy, you automatically benefit all who live there.

Different parts of the body represent the different elements described in Feng Shui such as earth (stomach and pancreas), water (kidneys), metal (lungs), fire (heart) and wood (liver & gall bladder). These elements and body areas also reflect the seasons which is why, changes in weather can adversely affect of health. Spring relates to the liver area, summer to the heart, stomach and small intestines, autumn, to the lungs and winter, to the kidneys. It is fascinating to study the interconnection between our planet, our body and, Universal energy, via the art of both Qi Gong and Feng Shui which are interconnected.

Physical or emotional injury stops the natural flow of energy in our bodies and this can lead to long-term problems if not cleared via practices to recreate good flow, such as Qi Gong. Medication is not natural for our bodies and can create an imbalance over time. Many people are wrongly prescribed, wrongly diagnosed or, suffer from bad side effects of medication.

All of these forms of energy blockage can be cured by the long-term practice of Qi Gong. Unlike Western medicine, which is passive, with the patient not being involved, not effective at healing the root cause and not preventative in stopping further illness or pain, costly, only looks at the physical body, not usually the mental body and, can have unpleasant side-effects, the Eastern practice of Qi Gong can be practiced either actively or passively, can lead to complete healing, both mental and physical, heals energetically, more completely, faster, at low cost with no side effects and, can prevent future health problems.