Zhineng Qigong: Introduction
The ultimate purpose of Zhineng Qigong is to improve health and create or restore the inner balance and harmony. It accomplishes this goal by various movements which are intentionally combined with one another in such a way as to make the ultimate goal come true. These movements are similar to Tai Chi and they aim to increase sensitivity and explore various aspects of oneself such as our mental state or body, our physical body and our energetic body.
Zhineng Qigong is a branch or a derivative of Qigong and it was developed by Dr. Pang Ming. It has been utilized to help a vast number of people (thousands) to facilitate or fully treat different kinds of illnesses and conditions.
Qi (pronounced “chee”) is the essence of life according to Chinese medicine. When the flow of this energy inside the body is blocked or inhibited somehow then the person will start having health problems and therefore various exercises of Zhineng Qigong are utilized in order to have a proper strong flow of Qi thereby restoring the ability of the body to heal itself and improve its well being. Once the blockages have been cleared the person can return back to a balanced, joyful and energetic way of life.
Zhineng Qigong: The levels
Zhineng Qigong is divided into three levels. In the first level there are just 3 movements to be practiced. They concentrate on teaching the student correct posture, correct breathing and the ability to make slow movements and meditate. The exercises in this level are designed in such a way as to unblock the Qi.
The second level includes ten steps and therefore challenges the complete involvement of the mind and body and as a result works to improve the quality and the amount of Qi.
In the third level Qi is released through the use of various movements, breathing techniques as well as sound. The release of Qi aims to heal the physical body and restore or improve the emotional state of the person.
Zhineng Qigong: A bit about theory
When we concentrate on a specific part of our body then our awareness becomes focused there and, according to theory, mind controls the flow of Qi, therefore, Qi will start to gather in that part. As healers direct their energy to specific parts of the body they can begin their work in healing and removing blockages and restoring energy to the cells.
One quick way to feel this mysterious Qi yourself is to sit down comfortably, put your hands in front of yourself palms facing one another and completely relax. If you then focus all your attention to your hands and the area between your hands and start slowly expanding and contracting the hands you will soon feel some resistance or attraction, which is the Qi which you have gathered.
Zhineng Qigong: Benefits
Practicing this art has a number of health benefits. These include:
- Reduction of stress
- Management or full treatment of chronic pain (neck, shoulder, knee, lower back, arthritis, joint)
- Development of muscles / strengthening of the body
- Stimulation of the immune system
- Improvement of the blood circulation and therefore nourishment of the body
- Cardiovascular fitness
- Increased mental alertness and creativity
- Management of eradication of insomnia
- Development of emotional harmony