*Patti is a Supreme Science certified Qigong instructor
What is Qigong?
Qigong(che- gun) is a 5000 year old energy art for strengthening the flow of life force and improving health. Qi is the Chinese word for “life energy”. It is the animating power that flows through all living things. Gong means “work” or “benefits acquired through perseverance and practice: Thus, Qigong means working with the life energy, learning how to control the flow and distribution of Qi to improve the health and harmony of mind and body. Its recent surge in popularity has been a result of Qigong’s fun and dynamic movements of practice. Magnetic energy fields are formed and created in a slow graceful manner.
How does it work?
During Qigong practice we feel a powerful pulsation of blood in our body. Often it takes people by surprise how warm they feel after making just a few hand movements. Qigong moves a lot of blood and generates a lot of energy without lots of movement or stress.
Often people ask “What is a Qi blockage?” It is simply a small area where the blood cannot go, or an area where disease can occur. For example, some people may have a knot in their stomach or bad digestion. Qigong usually improves this condition. Blood can work itself through closed off capillaries when a person is relaxed and increasing Qi in that area. Wherever Qi goes, blood follows. Normal healthy people use about 60% of the circulatory system. When our Qi increases this percentage also goes up. Blood flow to the brain and organs is improved; therefore, our health is greatly benefited.
Some Health Benefits and Effects of Qigong
Stimulates assimilation of nutrients and digestion/elimination and sexual function.
Accelerates metabolism, weight loss, decreases need for sleep.
Bolsters the immune system by reducing cortisol, a known inhibitor of cytokine production.
Develops dexterity and reflexes.
May help prevent and relieve Osteoporosis in clinical studies.
Open arteries allowing greater brain-based microcirculation to prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
Enhances mental acuity, focus and concentration. The Qi draws focus and trains the mind.
Helps us to calm down, relax and become more peaceful.
The benefits are endless…..