Building Energy with Chinese Qi Gong is taught at our Rochester CNY Healing Arts Center by licensed acupuncturist, Shelley Szymko-Carroll. The class is offered on Thursdays in the yoga room from 4:45 – 5:45 p.m.
Qi Gong (pronounced “chee gong”) is an integrated mind-body method of movement developed in China several thousand years ago. It is the practice of doing gentle movements with focus on the inhalations and exhalations of breath to achieve a state of improved health, relaxation and vitality. The word “Qi” means “energy” and “Gong” represents “skill “or “work.” So, we can think of Qi Gong as “energy work.” Based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Qi Gong is beneficial to maintain good health or to cure disease. Qi Gong, when combined with acupuncture or Chinese herbs, is highly effective in healing very complicated health concerns with this multi-dimensional approach.
The benefits of practicing Qi Gong include:
- increased physical energy
- a more focused and relaxed mind
- improved blood and energy flow to the pelvic region
- increased circulation and warmth
- improved metabolism and improvement in digestion
- relief of pain
- deeper, more restful sleep
Qi Gong may be practiced as a group (in a class setting) which is especially important when starting to practice it, or the movements or postures (a similar term used in yoga) can be done at home independently after initial instruction. Daily practice takes no more than 10 minutes. A major health concern may be addressed by practicing specific therapeutic exercises for an additional 20 to 30 minutes several times per week. Many of the exercises are done while standing, although some are done sitting. Visualization techniques and meditation are also a part of Qi Gong practice.
Health concerns that Qi Gong can address are:
- female and male infertility
- pain , including arthritic pain
- high blood pressure
- depression, stress and or anxiety
- cancer (when used in conjunction with modern medicine)
There is a great deal of experiential evidence and clinical research in the United States and abroad that attests to the benefits of Qi Gong. Now may be the time to look at a new method of healing for a particular health concern for which you would like to heal!
*Feel free to reach Shelley regarding any Qi Gong questions at: firstname.lastname@example.org