Qigong is the major form of remedial exercise used in Chinese medicine, with Taichi being its most well known example. Medical Qigong involves learning specific patterns of movement and is a powerful way to maintain or improve your health. It can also be used for rehabilitation and to aid general healing processes. Regular, gentle practice of Qigong can form an indispensable part of treating stress-related complaints, chronic conditions and disorders resulting from previous injuries or surgery.
Qigong exercises learned can be movement or stillness-based and vary from the simple to the complex depending upon the situation. They can incorporate mental and emotional relaxation techniques as well as physical techniques to aid recovery after serious injuries. These effects are achieved through a combination of adjusting your body posture, breathing rhythm and state of mind.
One of the major advantages of learning Qigong is that in time it enables people to gain the ability to regulate their own well-being rather than always being dependant on a practitioner for relief.
The most basic aspects of Qigong are very easily learned and I often use them to enhance patient relaxation during treatment sessions.