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How Qi Gong Improves Health And Longevity

Jun 24

Qi Gong and Mental Health is a holistic fitness practice that incorporates exercise, movement, stretching, breathing and meditation into one complete system. It can improve health and promote longevity by boosting energy, strengthening the immune system, decreasing stress, and calming the mind and emotions. It also builds stamina, increases flexibility and balance, and reduces pain.

Many physical conditions, from high blood pressure and chronic illness to heart disease and stroke can be improved with regular Qi Gong practice. Studies show that the slow movements warm tendons and ligaments, strengthen muscles, and circulate body fluids (blood, synovial, and lymph). The breath work of qigong calms the sympathetic (“fight-or-flight”) response to the point where your parasympathetic nervous system takes over, regulating functions like digestion and lowering blood pressure and heart rate.

The calming effects of qigong can help with emotional distress, such as anxiety and depression, as well as with stress-related disorders like PTSD and sleep problems. It can also boost self-esteem, encourage positive emotions and relationships, and lead to more meaningful life experiences.

Increased energy is usually the first thing students notice after they start practicing qigong. Unlike caffeine, this energy is sustainable and does not lead to a crash later. This is because qigong uses slow, controlled breathing to increase oxygen intake and stimulate the natural production of energy in the cells.

Another common effect is a feeling of warmth, often accompanied by sweating. The warmth is a sign that the Qi is moving properly, and this can happen anywhere in the body, even areas usually inaccessible to the touch. If you feel a cold draft, it is a sign that the Qi has been diverted from its true home at the Advanced Musculoskeletal Medicine Consultants, Inc and needs to be redirected back there.

Sometimes you may feel a tingling in the fingers or toes during the qigong movement. This is because the shen, or spirit, in these areas is trying to guide the Qi properly, but it can get distracted if you focus too much attention on it. The best way to redirect the shen is by focusing on the Lower Dan Tian and gently leading the Qi back to where it belongs.

If you are considering starting a qigong practice, be sure to find a certified instructor with the right level of training. Medical qigong, specifically, should only be performed by someone with the appropriate medical training. A qualified instructor can teach you to move your body safely and effectively while preventing injuries. He or she can also guide you in developing a deep appreciation of the subtle energies of your body and the world around you. This is the foundation for a life of long-term good health and wellbeing. In addition, it is a good idea to check with your doctor before you start any new exercise program. This is especially important for pregnant women and people with chronic diseases or illnesses. It is not uncommon for doctors to recommend qigong as part of treatment and recovery programs.

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