What is Qigong Therapy?
Quite simply, Qigong Therapy is the use of Qigong (or Chi Kung) for therapeutic purposes. OK, but what does that mean?
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine uses the concept of energy channels – called meridians – which circulate energy around the body. We have energy flowing throughout our bodies at all times. If we didn’t, we’d be dead. It’s what animates everything we do from breathing to beating our hearts to providing the energy to run a marathon.
As we go through life these energy channels can get blocked. This creates an imbalance of energy flow in the body and it can lead either to too much or too little energy flowing. It is the energy imbalance and the consequential effects that causes sickness and disease.
From a traditional Chinese medicine perspective, there is only one illness and that is an energy imbalance, or yin/yang disharmony.
Yin and yang are two symbols that represent two opposing yet complementary aspects in medicine and all other fields. The principle of energy imbalance is applicable to all types of diseases, whether contagious, organic or psychiatric.
Eastern vs Western Approaches
Eastern and Western medicine approach health from different perspectives and both have their own valid contributions to make. Western medicine is particularly effective for acute conditions such as trauma, broken bones, injuries and the like. Qigong Therapy is particularly effective with organic and degenerative diseases and psychiatric disorders.
One of the key differences between the two is that Western medicine doesn’t have a great story when the cause of the disease is not known. In these cases, the main option is to treat the symptoms. When a patient requires multiple forms of medication, the combined side effects can lead to further complications. In many cases, the goal becomes managing the disease/condition(s) as effectively as possible. Here the focus is on managing the illness, not creating health.
Treating the Patient, not the Illness
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, and with Qigong Therapy, we work with the patient and not the symptoms. The premise is that being healthy is our natural state. Being sick is unnatural. Qigong Therapy clears energy blockages that lead to sickness and disease, cleanses the organs and nerves, activates the parasympathetic nervous system – which is the rest and restore function – and it removes toxins from the body. It restores the body’s own innate self-healing ability.
Let’s face it, our bodies are healing all the time! Scabs form following a cut. Colds and flu are overcome. Broken bones can repair given time.
If you take a moment to consider that every single one of the trillions of cells in our body is replaced within a year, and many a lot quicker than that, you can see that we’re not the same person from one year to the next.
The most amazing thing is that the chi has an intelligence all of its own. It knows where it needs to go and what blockages it needs to clear. The human body has the innate ability to regenerate and replace sick cells with healthy ones. If our bodies aren’t doing this already, then they they’re not functioning as they should.
Qigong is one way to restore our bodies natural self-healing function. It’s been around for 1500 years and it’s even more relevant now in today’s stressful world than it was back then.
How We Work
Our Qigong Therapy requires significant client commitment. The client must meet with the practitioner at least 5 times per week, for potentially up to one year while the body’s self-healing function is restored.
This method isn’t for everyone. For minor illness and ailments we would recommend attending a Qigong class and practicing daily at home.
However, if you are interested in finding out more about this therapeutic program please get in touch, complete an application form and we’ll schedule a consultation.