This is how the meditative form of movement works
Qigong is one of the pillars of traditional Chinese medicine. She tries to maintain life energy through movements and conscious breathing.
Qigong – what is it?
(Qi – Japanese: life energy, Gong – Japanese: constant practice) is a Far Eastern movement therapy – one of the pillars of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). According to Qigong, physical and mental complaints are due to the fact that the flow of the life energy Qi is blocked. According to the teaching, the Qi flows along the so-called meridians, which are specific body lines. With movements, conscious breathing and posture, the attempt is made to maintain the Qi, to regenerate it and to direct it to the right places in the body. This is supposed to bring body and mind into balance, help to reduce internal tension and thus alleviate illnesses.
Qigong and the related form of movement Tai Chi were already practiced in China 2,500 years ago and are still part of state health promotion in the Far East. But also in this country, Qigong, Tai Chi and Co. are enjoying increasing popularity and are now offered as often as in the form of courses in fitness studios, except in adult education centers.
What methods do you use in Qigong?
Qigong is characterized by slow, gentle, flowing movements while standing, sitting or lying down. They have names like “standing like a tree” or “sharing the clouds”. There are many different styles, such as meditative Quiet Qigong (Jinggong) or dynamic Shaolin Qigong.
For which complaints is Qigong useful?
The meditative form of movement is not used as the sole remedy, but as a complementary therapy. It has proven itself for the following complaints:
- Back pain
- high blood pressure
How well is Qigong scientifically proven?
There is no scientifically verifiable basis for the existence of Qi. Nevertheless, through concentration, breathing and movement, Qigong has a positive effect on health. Scientific studies have shown an effect on high blood pressure and painful conditions.
Directions of qigong
Many different directions have developed over the millennia – around 100 are recognized in the Research Institute for Qigong in Beijing. if at least two of the following seven components are connected to each other:
- mental imagination
The so-called internal martial arts are also among the many Qigong methods Taijiquan, Bagazhang and Xingyiquan, in which opponents are to be defeated by a combination of speed, physical strength and skill.
What are the limitations?
Qigong exercises are usually easy to learn and do not require any particular flexibility or strength. Therefore, Qigong is also suitable for pregnant women, old and sick people. In order for it to actually develop a health benefit, the exercises should be performed daily if possible.
Who is Qigong generally suitable for?
Qigong is suitable for everyone who are looking for inner balance and relaxation and have the desire and time to practice regularly.
Who pays for the treatment?
Probably the most common way to learn the meditative form of movement are courses at the adult education center or in the fitness studio. Some statutory health insurance companies contribute to the costs for a Qigong course, provided certain criteria are met (ask!).
Reading tips: You can find out everything about the Kneipp cure and kinesiology here.
Hildenbrand, G .: Guideline Qigong, Urban & Fischer, 2007
Cohen, K .: Qigong: Basics, Methods, Application, World View, 2005
Sun, W .: The great Qi Gong basic book, Trias Verlag, 2009