7 Benefits of using Qi Gong to Heal Your Mind and Body
Qi Gong (pronounced chee gung) developed from an eastern-based philosophy, which purports that optimal health can be achieved through unification of mind, body, and spirit. One of the fundamental concepts of qi gong is that every living entity has an energy base, called chi, which plays a vital role in health. It is felt that when one’s chi is imbalanced or blocked, the body is more susceptible to sickness and disease. Adjusting, realigning, and circulating energy boosts the healing process and leads to feelings of peace and serenity.
Similar to findings in our recent posts on meditation and yoga, qi gong incorporates postures and poses, breathing techniques, and mental focus. Many of the movements are circular and in its purest form, qi gong is a graceful, slow, and fluid process. It is a gentle form of exercise that has been used for thousands of years by people seeking inner balance, strength, and relaxation.
The benefits of qi gong are similar to those of yoga. Here are seven of our favorites:
- Qi Gong increases stamina and vitality. The more you do it, the more energy and endurance you will have.
- It enhances the immune system, which protects you from a variety of illnesses and diseases and speeds your recovery when you do get sick.
- Qi Gong improves the circulatory, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems. As you increase the flow of your internal energy all of your systems and major organs will benefit.
- It aids in digestive functions. Eighty to ninety percent (80-90%) of serotonin in the body is found in cells in the stomach. In addition to mood benefits, serotonin is also responsible for supporting muscle contractions in the intestines.
- Qi Gong, like any exercise, releases serotonin in our brains, which reduces symptoms of stress, depression, and anxiety.
- Qi Gong improves posture, balance, and flexibility, and is thought to reduce the risk of falls in the elderly.
- As you learn to center yourself and focus on the present moment through qi gong, you will have increased self-awareness and be better equipped to handle any stress that comes your way.
As you think back to our past few posts, we hope you will try something new. Having variety in your health plan will help keep you motivated and focused on your goals. The best health is physical and emotional. As you increase your ability to use different forms of exercises and relaxation, you will find that life seems easier. When your mind and body are in a healthy state and balanced, anything is possible. Keep up the fabulous work!
The last blog for February related to the heart and cardiovascular health will address heart pain and opening the heart chakra as a means of healing. The heart is an amazing organ with so much to address and be responsible for in the body! Pretty exciting discussions, don’t you think?