“Qigong” (Chi Gung, Chi Kung) translates roughly to “Energy Work” and also could be described as:
“Effort over a period of time put into the practice of working with the energy of life. Because all gong has a purpose or goal, for the purpose of being able to sense, acquire, store and mobilize qi at will, in order to promote health, vitality, and longevity.”
Originally developed by Taoist meditators in ancient China, Qigong is one of the 8 branches of Chinese Medicine and is an umbrella term that covers hundreds of different schools and styles. Tai Chi for example is a form of Qigong that has the potential to contain all the major methodologies of energy work within Taoism called the 16 Neigong (Internal Power). Each Qigong form is unique – some do a little, some do alot.
Dragon and Tiger Qigong for example can still provide a practitioner with noticeable health benefits when it is done poorly or within a small range of motion – including sitting or lying down. An unusual thing about Dragon and Tiger is that there’s only 7 movements to learn.
Considering the benefit to the time put in to learning ratio, the payoff is big. Especially when considering that many other Qigong forms which have the potential to offer more health benefits are also more time consuming to learn. This makes Dragon and Tiger very accessible. Saying that, it should also be noted that there are many, many layers to this set and easily a lifetime’s worth of practice and study is contained within the art of Dragon and Tiger Qigong.
This 1500-year-old self-healing practice is based on the principles of acupuncture and typically allows practitioners a tangible feeling of qi. Once you begin feeling your qi you can begin to work with it more powerfully – amplifying this sets potent health benefits. The practice is also particularly useful for body workers, acupuncturists and all healthcare professionals as it provides tools to prevent burnout.
By way of moving your hands in your etheric field & pushing and pulling qi along your acupuncture meridian lines you clear, balance and strengthen all of them. Meanwhile, your internal organs receive a massage and your soft tissues get a gentle stretch. This is a low-impact, complete system of self-healing that works all your bodies systems. As a result, you begin to develop a healthier and functionally younger body.