Why Qigong?

What are the benefits of Qigong? There are so many so we could not possibly list them all.

Before we start, can you think of any area of your life where you do not need energy? Work or play, business, relationships, children or gardening ... you name it - energy, vitality and well-being are so important these days for everything we do!

So, why Qigong?

It does help to be vital and healthy

Qigong excercise and training is directed at the life force. It is a complex of techniques allowing you to cultivate and store it for your own needs.

Roughly speaking, we are build of two kinds of things - matter and energy (although modern physics cannot really tell the difference any longer). Matter is our form, energy is our vitality. Whereas most excercise systems are aimed at the matter (e.g. to develop your muscles you go to the gym), the real benefit is gained through the movement created by an excercise - loosing off the tension, improving the circulation. However, the amount of energy you lose pushing weights is very high too.

Qigong practice works directly with the force that is behind the movement, increasing and cultivating it. There is no need for too much physical work anymore, so Qigong practice is much more gentle. It uses your energy resources sparingly and creates health softly yet effectively.

It is easily accessible

If you practice Qigong, you do not need any costly equipment or annual membership. All you need is your mind and your body. The practice is suitable for any place and time. You can do it during lunch break or in the evening. You can do it in the morning before you go to work. You can do it before the meeting in your office. Although it is good to practice Qigong regularly and have longer trainings, its basic version would not take a lot of your time. You can combine excercises into a routine or take some away if there is a time limit. You can simply do what you feel and you will see the result of even those cut-out trainings. And you know what the best thing is? You do not even need a yoga mat :)

It protects you from stress

Qigong is a good stress shield and stress-reliever. Once you feel stressed or loosing control - just step out of the room, find a quiet place and practice Qigong for a few minutes. You won't believe it how fast your irritation and anger will go away and you will look at things that bothered you from a much quieter space. Over some time of regular Qigong practice you may notice that usual ups and downs of life do not disturb you so much any more. It is like you have been strengthening your core - and whatever winds blow out there your core is still intact.

It is non-invasive

Ok, that was about the excersise, but how about healing?

Unlike many other systems of medical intervention, the touch of Qigong therapy is very light yet precise. The practitioner works with your energy in a way your body tells him to do, and does not add any more of the brain work there. Once the energy is corrected, the matter of your body has no other choice but to follow - this is the way we work, the natural way. "Qi governs the Blood" - the Chinese would say.

It is holistic

If you come to a Qigong practitioner with a symptom - be sure that there will be a whole picture of disharmony drawn for you where your symptom fits as a part of the whole. You will be treated as a whole person, not as a bearer of this particular complaint.

The pattern of disharmony often includes not only your physical body, but the whole world where you live. What's happening at work or in your relationship? How about your emotional state? What are the patterns of obsessive or negative thinking, carried through the generations in your family? Coming to relieve pain in your lower back you might be able to resolve, for example, your anxiety about your sexual performance diminishing with age, forgive yourself for not having visited your grandmother before she died, understand why your children are prone to having colds and many more...

Qigong method is not only concerned with one tree - it strives to see the whole forest of your life behind it.

It is proven by centuries

Qigong is an ancient healing practice, proven by thousands of years of successful application. Many other traditional healing arts, such as Acupuncture or Tai Chi for example, have grown out of Qigong meditative observation of the body and mind, performed in the early days by Chinese sages during their quest for cultivation of consciousness. The earliest known reference to such a practice dates back to mid 29th century BCE, where the legendary sage named Fu Xi bestowed his knowledge of Heaven and Earth onto mankind.

It does not only cure: it prevents

Let us look closer, what is the difference between our modern Western medicine, counting just over 500 years of history, philosophical basis for which was devised by Rene Descartes (1596-1650), and a traditional one, such as Qigong/TCM.

"The view of the body as a machine, proposed to Descartes has led to a very mechanical approach to medicine. Until recently, the influence on healing of the patient's beliefs and faith, and the importance of the patient-doctor relationship, have been essentially ignored." And that is quite a major point about modern medicine, essentially making diagnosis and treatment valid only when there is a structural abnormality in the patient's body.

Here is the continuum of health. From the supreme state of well-being which is not experienced so easily (in traditional cultures it is called "enlightenment") down to the separation of the mind from the body, also known as "death".

Modern medicine is preoccupied with the "sickness" and "disease" part of the continuum where structural changes can already be observed. And that is true in our modern life - we do not usually go to the doctor until our symptoms are already disturbing for us. And when we do - we are also treated mechanically - using chemical drugs to pull the strings of our body machine into opposite direction, not necessarily realizing what is behind the imbalance in the first place. Such a treatment often produces unwanted effects, not resolving the issue but causing more imbalance to the system.

Traditional medicine assumes intervention that does not have those effects, aiming at the root cause of the problem. What it does have is plenty of tools to pick a slightest imbalance at its earliest stage and correct it before something serious could settle in. It is therefore dealing with the other part of the health continuum.