The use of meditation is often recognized as a component of Chinese medicine and has been practiced for over 5,000 years. As a form of healing is one of the most important concepts. From ancient practices, it is believed that meditation links one to their energy, allowing them to remain clear and with a better energy flow. The energy flow of Qi is the one that enables one to have the energy that they need on all levels, leading to a practice of Qigong, which helps one to focus their energy on what is needed.
Qigong is mostly taught for health management purposes and is one of the most popular medical meditation practices used for Chinese medicine. It is also taught as a therapeutic intervention. Qigong, from its origins, has been known to be not only a meditation, but also a self-medicating practice by moving the flow of energy, or Qi. By practicing Qigong, the focus is on specific focal points of the body allowing them to clear these points and continue to stay balanced, energized and healthy.
Qigong is best known for combining its ideas of meditation, breathing and movement. A series of breathing exercises are used in order to begin the flow of energy and this is then combined with exercises that allow the muscles to become tense and relax. The muscles become heated during these exercises, which in turn, allows for an increase in producing energy and digesting nutrients that are needed throughout the body.
There is a focus on deep breathing as well as meditation of visualizations and clearing of the mind when one is beginning Qigong. This purpose is to begin creating a discipline in the rhythms in one’s body. The idea is that this will then begin to reflect the rhythms of life that is surrounding a person. The result will be an easing of the tension of nerves, irregularities and dysfunctions in the body. Strengthening and balance of the body will be the long term result of this.
The main purpose behind Qigong is to activate channels of energy that are in every person, a holistic procedure to healing that everyone has the ability to practice, either as a meditation or a way to develop a strengthening of the entire system. A holistic and balanced way to living is the result. The combination of meditation techniques with movement allows one to of become in sync to the rhythm of their own body and life.
Today millions of people in China and around the world regularly practice Qigong as a health maintenance exercise. Qigong and related disciplines are still associated with the martial arts and meditation routines practiced by Taoist and Buddhist monks, professional martial artists, and their students. Once more closely guarded, in the modern era such practices have become widely available to the general public both in China and around the world.