Oriental Medicine and Health Services

Qigong

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What is Qigong?

  • Ancient Chinese health care system
  • Integrates physical postures, breathing techniques, and focused mental intention (yi)
  • Literally the cultivation and development of Qi through work (Qi work)

What is Qi?

  • Vital energy, so that we may function
  • The various functions themselves
  • Pre-natal qi / jing (refined qi)
    • Born with certain amount
    • Hereditary constitution
  • Post-natal qi / jing
    • Acquired through eating, drinking, and breathing
    • Qigong

Qigong or Ch'i Kung?

  • Qigong - pinyin transliteration
    • Sounds like chee gong
  • Ch'i Kung - older Wade-Giles transliteration
    • Still sounds like chee gong
    • Apostrophe after consonants makes "hard" sounds
    • No apostrophe after consonants makes "soft" sounds
  • Same exact Chinese calligraphy (hanzi)

Types and Styles of Qigong

  • 3 main types
    • Martial
    • Spiritual
    • Medical
  • Hundreds of styles
  • Thousands of exercises
  • OMHS focuses on Qigong for health

Qigong vs. T'ai Chi

  • Physical aspects of Qigong are more quickly learned
  • Mental intention (yi) aspects of Qigong are focused on more immediately
  • Qigong and Tai Chi classes at OMHS are designed to integrate with one another
  • Both have similar health goals and benefits