We know how stressful and painful undergoing cancer treatment can be so one of the services we offer patients at the LivingRoom, our complementary therapies centre, is Qigong.
Qigong has its roots in traditional Chinese medicine and is founded on the belief that energy flows through your body along pathways called meridians. When that flow is blocked or obstructed, your health and well-being are affected.
The art of Qigong consists primarily of meditation, relaxation, physical movement, mind-body integration and breathing exercises. There are thousands of different styles and systems either done standing, moving, walking, sitting or lying. Tai Chi is one popular style.
One of our patients, Regina, has experienced the benefits of Qigong first-hand: “Battling cancer along with the accompanying anxiety and sleeplessness has been harrowing, to say the least. Sometimes meditation alone is insufficient to release my mind from intrusive and persistent worries during the difficult time of treatment. I found Qigong was instrumental in preparing me for that stillness.”
Research from universities in China, the US and Australia have found that with regular Qigong practice, people undergoing cancer treatment can strengthen their immune system as well as relieve the effects of anxiety and depression.
Regina said: “Now with the treatment phase behind me, I have incorporated Qigong practice into my regular routine to support ongoing self-healing. My heart is smiling!”