Qigong (pronounced chee-gong) is an ancient practice, originated in China about seven thousand years ago, for the cultivation of Qi (Chi) or vital energy. Qi/Chi,
as in Qigong/Chi kung, which literally
means "life energy", is the animating power
that permeates the universe and all living things;
no life could exist without it. Also, Qi/Chi
has the power to heal the body and mind.
Gong means "skill or work". Thus, Qigong
means "working with
the energy of life", enhancing the Qi/Chi, and learning how to release and balance the
flow of Qi/Chi evenly throughout energy pathways called meridians which run through every part of the body. By increasing the Qi/Chi through coordinating movement with breathing, Qigong/Chi Kung improves health and the harmony of mind, body and spirit.
In traditional Chinese medicine, of which Qigong/Chi Kung is an integral part, good health is a result of a free flowing, well balanced vital energy system. Illness and ailments result when vital energy flow is blocked or impeded, causing imbalance and dysfunction in the body's systems.
is a system of self-healing exercise that includes
movement, healing posture, self-massage, breathing techniques
and "Qigong relaxation energy meditation", which produces a greater natural flowing, well balanced Qi/Chi to help the body achieve and maintain better health. It also develops a clear, tranquil state of mind, with deeper self-awareness and harmony with nature.