WHAT IS CHI KUNG?
Chi Kung is an art and science of using breath, movement, and posture to refine, accumulate and circulate chi throughout the body. In Chinese, chi is a term used to refer to all types of energy. It is the intrinsic substance or vital force behind all things in the universe. Kung refers to the power to attain or accomplish through steady practice. In essence, Chi Kung can be translated as the attainment of chi.
Looking closer, Chi Kung reveals itself as a self-healing tool that aims at balancing and strengthening chi in the human body. Through cultivation and regulation of body, mind, and breath; our resistance to disease, adaptability to our external environment, and immunity to pathogenic influences is strengthened. This stronger immune system helps prevent diseases while creating a state of super health, vitality, and youthfulness for the practitioner.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), stresses “To heal, look for the cause of the illness.” It understands that the symptom is not always the root cause, so it is opposed to the treatment of only the head if the head is hurting. They believe that the causes of illness is due to an energetic imbalance within the body. Therefore, treatment of any illness requires the need to eliminate the pathogenic influence and/or balance and strengthen the chi in the body.
Chi Kung practitioners develop an intimate understanding of their connection with nature, the universe, and other human beings. The realization of this connection comes with understanding the essence of chi.
The slow, calm, relaxed exercises gently stretch and strengthen the body; the deeper and more even breathing patterns create greater health; ultimately leading to greater total body strength and power. This total body focus is essential to health and the study of any martial art.
Where Tai Chi is a martial art with tremendous health benefits, Chi Kung is purely an art for health and healing. Even the word “CHI” found in both names have distinctly different meanings and pronunciations. In the healing art, it is pronounced “chee” and means “energy”, wherein the martial art it is pronounced “gee” and means “ultimate”.
Confusion escalates when one discovers that both arts use flowing, smooth, slow movements. To those unfamiliar with the internal arts, the movements may look the same, but practitioners of these arts recognize that the intentions of the movements are different.
Where in Tai Chi the intent is primarily about the martial application with healthy benefits, in Chi Kung the sole intent is to ensure that chi energy flows with ease throughout the body creating healing and health.
Chi Kung utilizes many different ways to move the body, which is no different from the many styles of dance (i.e. ballroom, ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, etc). On the whole, the movements are all about the human body need to move and exercise to prevent problems.
Above and beyond the basic flowing, smooth, slow movements, Chi Kung utilizes methods that specialize in standing, sitting, lying down, and stillness. These advanced methods are used to benefit the practitioner based on their specific health needs and physical capabilities.
One most important aspect of Chi Kung is the practice of deep breathing techniques to create the feeling of relaxation and well-being. In all of the arts that deal with the internal energy, it all begins with proper deep breathing.
All aging people can deeply benefit from learning some of the internal methods that can bring vitality to anyone at any age. Practicing these techniques can be a remarkable way to increase the quality of life for all ages.
The only way to truly experience the benefits of Chi Kung
is to do Chi Kung.
WHAT AGE DOES ONE NEED TO BE?
Chi Kung participation is not about age or physical condition. It’s about starting.
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