Qi, (pronounced chee), means life energy. Gong means work. So Qigong means “Working With The Energy Of Life”
Qigong is a system of self-healing that has been used in China for thousands of years to achieve health and longevity. These gentle yet powerful Qigong exercises combine three elements: abdominal breathing, slow movement, and visualization – to harmonize the body, mind and spirit.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, there are channels in the body through which qi flows; a person is healthy when the qi is able to move freely along these channels (“meridians”). Illness occurs when blockages build up; clearing the meridians to allow the free flow of qi is necessary for the restoration of health.
Qigong, like acupuncture, helps to clear the channels, thereby making the restoration and maintenance of health possible. Unlike acupuncture, Qigong is completely in the control of the practitioner; it allows a person to heal him or herself.
Health in Traditional Chinese Medicine includes Mind, Body, and Spirit. In truth, Mind, Body, and Spirit can never be separated.
Therefore, people who practice Qigong soon discover improvements in their emotional well-being and mental abilities, as well as improvements in their physical condition.