“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).