Qigong Exercise - Enhance Your Inner Energies
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The history of qigong exercise can be dated back to the days of the Yellow Emperor and the Taoists.
The name, Qigong is derived from Qi - translated as "breath" or "vital energy" - and Gong (or Gongfu), which can mean the time spent acquiring a skill. Oigong is translated both as "breathing exercise" ar "energy skill".
Qigong is a useful form of self-help exercise for improving health and vitality. It is also on important therapeutic technique. Traditional Chinese hospitals generally have a qigong deportment where masters teach the technique to patients to combat chronic diseases.
Qigong masters can also harness their own Qi for use in strengthening massage treatments for the severely ill. Massage therapy is also used to restore yin-yong balance: gentle manipulation and stroking are used in deficiency syndromes to restore balance, while in excess syndromes heavy manipulation is used to inhibit and reduce the surfeit.
Yang massage includes energetic pushing, pressing, pounding, and knocking techniques, while the yin group focuses more on stroking, smoothing, lifting limbs, or kneading.
Yang treatments are used to clear oedema and swellings, to reduce pain associated with stagnation, and for insomnia. Yin treatments are used and blood deficiency, for general debility and weakness, or associated with cold and dampness.
Mastering Qigong takes time. Experienced practitioners will often spend many hours holding a standing pose, focusing and controlling Qi throughout the body.
Qigong exercises are divided into three main groups:
- quiescent qigong, a type of dynamic qigong, which focuses on breathing routines; and
- dynamic-quiescent qigong, which is probably the form most known in the West. It includes various postures and movement, or "training the body", and can look very similar to "tai chi" exercises.
As a simple self-help treatment for improving health and well-being qigong takes practice - as the Chinese say, "the most important thing in doing qigong exercise is perseverance".
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