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Qigong – Restoring Natural Harmony

Qigong (pronounced chee goong) 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.

A combination of slow movements, breathing exercises and meditation are used to improve the flow of energy through your body. The physical movements and mental focus of Qigong can produce a sense of calm and tranquility, and improve strength and flexibility. Qigong is almost always held in group classes. Wear comfortable clothes so that you can move freely.

What is Qigong?

What is Qigong?

Qigong (pronounced chee goong) 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.

Qigong is a new term that has been used since the 1950s to describe all the Chinese Qi or energy techniques. The word Qigong is made up of two Chinese characters. Qi refers to the energy of life, the vital energy that flows through the network of meridians in the body and connects with the energy or Qi of the universe. G ong is a term that translates as work, mastery and training. Qigong therefore translates to energy work: working with the energy of life or mastering the energy of life.

What will happen to me in a Qigong class?

The art of Qigong consists primarily of meditation, relaxation, physical movement, mind-body integration and breathing exercises. There are thousands of different styles either done standing, moving, walking, sitting or lying. Tai chi is one popular style.

Qigong is almost always held in group classes. It’s a good idea to wear comfortable clothes so you can move freely.

Your instructor will take you through a series of slow, fluid movements that may involve standing, sitting, lying or walking around the room. These movements can be very calming.

Your instructor may help you focus on the sensation of the energy contained in your body as you move. Sometimes your instructor may guide you through some self-massage, encouraging you to apply pressure to certain sites of your body believed to be important to the flow of energy.


What will Qigong do for me?

There is clear evidence that Qigong improves the well-being of people living with cancer by relieving pain and reducing anxiety. Some people also say that practising Qigong boosts their energy levels and improves their general fitness.

In traditional Chinese medicine, good health is a result of a free-flowing, well-balanced energy system. Ailments both physical and emotional can occur when Qi flow is blocked or impeded, causing imbalance and dysfunction in the body’s energy system. With regular practise, Qigong helps to cleanse the body of toxins, restore energy, reduce stress and anxiety, and enables individuals to maintain a healthy and active life.

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.


How much does it cost?

1 session $15
5 sessions $60


Call 02 8514 0038 or email  livingroom@lh.org.au

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More information

Guigen Qigong is a medical style of Qigong developed by Dr Xu Hongtao, a specialist doctor from the Qigong and Tuina (Massage) Department at the Xiyuan Hospital in Beijing. There are six sections in the Guigen Qigong method. Section one is called Holistic Regulating, which redistributes the stagnation of Qi in the upper body and deficiency of Qi in the lower body, helping to re-route the unbalanced Qi. Section two to six relates to the five elements and their corresponding internal organs. Section number two relates to the Earth element, regulating the spleen and stomach channels. Section three, relating to the metal element, regulates the lung and large intestine channels. Section four is the water element, regulating the kidney and urinary bladder channels. Section five governs the wood element, regulating the liver and gall bladder channels. It is followed by section six relating to the fire element, regulating the heart and small intestine.

Guigen translates to returning to the root or source, returning to the primordial energy from which everything emerges. The dynamic forms and stillness meditation are prescribed to both in- and out-patients at the Xiyuan Hospital in Beijing as a part of their therapy, helping to restore natural harmony and improve the participant’s quality of life.

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