Energy for body and mind
The exercises of qigong combine meditation and concentration with certain sequences of movement. They stimulate the flow of Qi and thus create an internal balance and harmony between body and mind.
Qigong is a form of training that was practised more than 3000 years ago in ancient China. Translated literally, qigong means “energy” (Qi) and “exercise” (gong). The method is therefore entirely consistent with the essence of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which makes the flow of the life energy Qi the focal point.
Qigong exercises are therefore designed to create an awareness of, and activate, Qi. Simply by the force of imagination, the Qi is conducted through the body to certain points so that Qi blockages are released.
Qigong demonstrably increases physical and mental well-being. It stimulates blood flow and organ function, calms the nervous system and releases internal tension. Specific exercises are well suited to supporting a holistic TCM therapy. They can be incorporated without problem into everyday life. They are easy to learn and can be practised to an advanced age.
Qigong is a gentle form of the traditional Asian martial art of Tai Chi. “Qi” is not the same as “Chi”, which is pronounced in the same way in the West. While “Qi” means energy, “Chi” stands for “the ultimate”.
The effect of qigong exercises can be demonstrated physically. Trials to this effect have been undertaken with martial arts athletes. According to them, they succeeded in directing the Qi to certain points in the body by concentration and movement. Heat images showed that increased muscle tension occurred at precisely those points.