Internal Medical Qigong is practiced by millions in Asia and is now recognized by Western Medicine as an effective complimentary mind-body therapy.
The Zen Wellness Qigong Protocol which is what I am certified in was created in collaboration with martial artists, western physicians, chiropractors, acupuncturists and Taoist masters, to name a few. We teach a proven system that has helped hundreds of people increase their quality of life.
The exercises are gentle, safe and easy to do, involving precise movements, breath, and visualization. The protocols target the spine, connective tissue, ligaments, joints, tendons, and organs. If you have trouble standing for long periods or standing at all, you can do some of the exercises seated. Despite Qigong being beneficial for any age group our classes are ideal for those who suffer from illness or injury and the 50+ population segments. For those looking for more of a challenge, you can adjust the exercises and increase difficulty level according to your level of fitness.
There is a growing body of medical research that supports the numerous health benefits of practicing Qigong on regular bases.
Anyone can take the class and no prior knowledge is necessary.
Qigong reduces pain and depression in adults with Arthritis
Despite of the fact that Qigong research is not given a large amount of funding for clinical trials, too many people have been reporting positive results for it to go unnoticed. Many university and credible institutions are conducting their own small budget research.
For example, in September 2017 a review was conducted by the Department of Health and Behaviour Studies at Columbia University, Department of Health, Physical Education & Gerontological Studies and Services, that found that
“Qigong exercises—practiced widely in China for many centuries as an exercise form, mind-body and relaxation technique—may be very useful as an intervention strategy for adults with different forms of painful disabling”
They concluded that health professionals can safely recommend qigong exercises and that people can expect qigong to reduce pain and depression as well improve their overall life quality.
But there are many other benefits of Qigong including Qigong’s effects on Type 2 Diabetes, Parkinson’s Disease, Fibromyalgia and Cancer to name a few.