As a practitioner, teacher and student i am always asked what the benefits of training in Qi Gong are, so here is a quick summary for those interested.
Regular practice of Qi Gong has many positive benefits especially those that are personal to the individual. Below is a list of common positive effects regular practice can bring.
Qi Gong Health Benefits
Improves cardio-vascular activity
Improves the lymphatic system
Strengthens the immune system
Relieves stress related symptoms like headaches, IBS, poor sleep, mild depression and anxieties.
Strengthens the muscular system
Improves Joint Function
Relieves physical ailments like pain of the neck, back and hips.
Exercises the complete muscular system
Improves range of motion in the skeletal system. Aids relief of Osteoporosis and Arthritis.
Build confidence and self-esteem.
Facilitates hormonal balance
Accesses both creative and logical aspects of brain function.
Teaches self-awareness and instils peace of mind.
In my personal experience Qi Gong practice brings many positive changes to the individual. Qi Gong is easy to learn and simple to integrate into daily life. I find Qi Gong much easier for people to grasp than Tai Chi Chuan as many can lose interest in the early stages due to long forms or problems with learning new skills. Also many of the people that seek improved health from chronic illness or injury naturally think of Tai Chi because it is more popular and better known to western society. This is why there has been a new label of 'Tai Chi Qi Gong' given to seperate it from its martial form.....which i think is quite sad as without the martial aspect it becomes another exercise system. Lets not forget that Tai Chi is in effect a form of Qi Gong and without the early integration of Qi Gong training into Tai Chi then its form becomes external like karate and the health benefits are lost. I was always told by my first Tai Chi teacher that Tai Chi is a martial art with
health benifits! It is Qi Gong that gives Tai Chi its health aspect.
Gentle, easy to learn and personally profound!
Qi Gong training is your time to embrace who you are physically and emotionally.
When these two aspects are balanced illness, pain and disease subside.
"Being healthy is not about never being ill or suffering with pain! Its about how well your body responds when most neeeded"