Have you ever practiced moving meditation? Qigong, pronounced chēē-gong, is an ancient Chinese exercise and healing technique which involves meditation, controlled breathing, and movement exercises. Qigong has similarities to Tai Chi—both involve simple, slow movements done repeatedly. Qigong is not about martial arts. It is not about particular offensive or defensive stances. This ancient practice is a connection between mind and heart.
Science agrees there are energy pathways in your body called Qi (pronounced chēē). In acupuncture, these energy lines are known as meridian lines and points. The meridians run throughout the body from the top of the head to the tips of the toes and fingertips. Numerous meridians connect in the center at the heart. In Chinese medicine the heart and mind are not separated but are considered one energy center.
Strength through Meditation
Science supports increased wellness through exercise. Meditation has been recognized to bring about healing and calm the mind. Qigong merges mind and body as an effective healing tool for those striving to improve pain management. So, how does it work?
The slow lyrical movements flow from one pose to another while your breath slows and you are mindful of each movement. There is nothing painful about practicing this form of movement. The movements can be done while standing or sitting, even those confined to a wheelchair have found benefits from the seated exercises.
There are no limitations to this inner practice. Each participant can go inside their mind and sense their own body to become ultra aware of everything going on in them and around their body. Through these practices your body become stronger and more flexible. This increased strength and awareness of your body can come in handy should a medical crisis present itself.
On one of my podcast episodes on The Bridge to Wholeness I spoke with Richard Bredeson who shared his personal story of being a longtime practitioner of Qigong and experiencing a heart attack. Because of his dedication and commitment to movement and exercise through this form he came through the surgery with measurably less pain and a shortened healing time. Listen to the full episode here.
Through opportunities to move our body and mind together we can move into a more natural way of living and healing. When all parts are working together in balance, your body is less stressed and this equals a better environment for overall health.
Jennifer L. Crisp, RN, is the founder of A Bridge To Wholeness. Jennifer believes strongly in both traditional western medicine and contemporary health practices as she understands the importance of client-centered care beyond conventional medicine. A Bridge to Wholeness invites traditional and alternative practitioners to get connected (bridging the gap) so your client/patient can experience enhanced benefits and care from these connections. Prior to launching this organization, she worked in a community hospital as a cardiac nurse and has been an entrepreneur since 2011. To take the intersection of wellness quiz and get a free report of your results visit her website abridgetowholeness.com.