Qigong (also written as Chi Kung of Qi Gong) is one of the five pillars of the TCM - Traditional Chinese Medicine. The other four are: Food/diet, Herbs, Acupuncture and Massage.
Qi is the Chinese word for “life energy”. The Chinese beleive that Qi is the life force that flows through all living things. It's an important part of the Chinese view on life and the universe. Gong means “work”, “art”, “skill” or "study". Qigong can therefor be translated as "working and controlling the energy of life". Practising qigong teaches people to control and manipulate the flow of the qi and thereby bringing and keeping the body and the mind in balance. This is done by way of physical movements and exercises, breathing techniques, (self)massage, meditation and visualisation. There are many styles of qigong and even more forms (gongs). Even the most commonly knowns forms, like the Ba Duan Jin (Eight Silk Brocades) or the "5 element qigong" (Hexie) can differ from style to style.
Qigong is used for supporting sports, martial arts, as support by a therapy, stress reduction and helps processing a burn-out. Nowadays, even professional sporters practise qigong to clear their mind and relax their body in order to focus on the upcoming event.
Because of the soft and smooth movements, the body and the mind relax. The movements are done fluendly and with attention (mindful). Qi starts flowing through the meridians and neutralizes the qi blockades in the body and the joints. In to Chinese medine, the joints are called "gates of qi. If the joints move fluend and smooth, the qi flows freely to all organs and extremities of the body. Most meridians (at least all 12 main meridians) start or end at the tips of the fingers or toes. It is therefor very important that the qi can easily reach these extremities of the body and flow into the body from there.
The Qigong practised at Kamome Ryu contains exercises and forms of different styles and methods.
during classes, both Buddhist and Taoist forms are practised. The classes contain warming up exercises, streching, meditation, exercises for balance and gongs (forms).
Examples of the forms practised during our classes are:
Kulun Dayan Shen (Wild Goose Kidney)
Xi Sui Jin (both short and long)
Zhan Zuang (standing like a tree)
Dao Chi Gong
Ba Duan Jin
Sitting and walking meditation
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