We use Qi Gong at the beginning as a ‘warm up’.
Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention.
Qi Gong (Qigong or Chi Kung) is made up of two Chinese words. Qi is pronounced Chee and is usually translated to mean the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe.
The second word, Gong, pronounced Gung, means accomplishment, or skill that is cultivated through steady practice. Together, Qigong means cultivating energy, it is a system practiced for health maintenance, healing and increasing vitality.
We start off with Qi Gong as it is ideal for pain relief and pain prevention while providing a safe ‘warm up’.
While the mind is concentrating on the specific movements of a particular exercise other muscles and joints are being used without realising it, thus giving more benefit than it seems.
Qi Gong is very powerful but it has to be done gently and not forced, it can be described like a blade of grass cutting through concrete.
Most of the joints in the body are synovial joints and have a synovial membrane. Basically, once the joints start to move, more synovial fluid builds up to fill the space in the membrane and acts as a lubricant. Should a joint be subjected to fast movements straight away the body will not have time to make more synovial fluid to lubricate the joints, so some of the old fashioned warm up exercises such as “Let’s start by wind-milling in” can do more harm than good.
Do you have back pain?
A common source of back pain comes from the Quadratus Lumborum muscles which are 4 layers deep. If these are tight, they can cause pain around the hips. However, we perform gentle stretches in our routine that will help to maintain their flexibility thus reducing and preventing back pain.
These exercises need to be understood to reap the greatest benefit.
As well as a stiff neck, tight Levator Scapulae muscles can cause pain, and even nasty headaches.
We have a gentle stretch for this too which is part of our Qi Gong warm up.
“I’ve suffered from a lot of neck pain and headaches due to many years of working at a computer. Qi Gong exercises have been a big help in reducing painful muscle tension and, because they’re so gentle and relaxing, I don’t feel they’re doing me any harm”. Ann.
Anxiety is recognised today as being a true condition, the old fashioned “Get a grip on yourself” and “Pull yourself together” only serves to make you worse and feel inferior. Qi Gong will reduce your anxiety by it’s deep breathing and relaxing flowing movements.
“Tai Chi does not heal you by turning Tai Chi into a range of motions that hurt you.”