Updated: Aug 23, 2021
‘What is Qigong?' is a question I find myself getting asked more and more often. With it’s origins dating back to an estimated 4,000 years and it’s firm place as a pillar of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), it remains a mystery to me as to why it’s yet to catch on in the west?!
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is built on the notion that all disease is a result of blockages of energy, and these blockages prevent the natural flow of energy, that is, the natural flow of life itself. TCM consists of various forms of herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage (tui na), exercise (qigong) and dietary therapy; and these have long been the traditions that have maintained the health and wellbeing for generations in the East.
The Chinese word ‘Qi’ (also chi; pronounced chee) is commonly translated to mean ‘life-force’ or ‘vital-energy’, that is the energy which is abundant in all of us and sustains and connects the whole universe. The Chinese word ‘Gong’ (also ‘Kung’) is commonly translated to mean ‘work’, so in essence, Qigong translates into ‘energy work’ or ‘energy cultivation’.
Beyond a mere physical exercise, Qigong combines movement, with breath and intention to cultivate and manipulate the flow of Qi through-out the body, whilst also drawing in Qi from the natural