Chi Kung or Qi Gong consists of gentle physical movements, breathing exercises and mental concentration. It emerged in China more than 4,000 years ago in order to strengthen the organism on a physical, mental and spiritual level.
Chi is the vital energy of all elements in nature, including humans. Kung describes the constant work and the acquired ability over a period of time. Chi Kung, therefore, is translated by cultivating and practicing the conscious mobilisation of energy within the body.
Integrated in Traditional Chinese Medicine by Emperor Huang Ti about 2,000 years ago, Chi Kung is a therapeutic art used to maintain health, increase vitality and prevent or cure diseases.
Chi Kung, which is based on a close observation of the laws of nature, is related to Taoist philosophy, Buddhist thought and the Chinese conception of the human body.
There are different schools and techniques of Chi Kung that are classified according to their philosophical principles (Taoist, Buddhist, Confucian) or the different applications (therapeutic, martial or spiritual) but all are based on the same principles.
Benefits of Chi Kung:
Physical: the massage exerted by the diaphragm in each breath stimulates the function of the internal organs, activates blood circulation, increases lung capacity and improves intestinal transit. The gentle physical movement exercises the muscles, increases flexibility, reduces joint pain and prevents the problems caused by the sedentary lifestyle in general.
Mental: Guiding energy and breathing through the body reduces negative thoughts, increases memory capacity and mental concentration. Decreasing worry facilitates regularisation of sleep and increases mental clarity.
Emotional: physical and mental relaxation regulates circulation through the meridians that emerge from the internal organs (heart, liver, spleen, lung and kidney) and the emotions that relate to each one of them. According to the “theory of 5 elements” on which Traditional Chinese Medicine is based: the heart houses euphoria, liver anger, spleen worry, lung sadness and kidney fear.
Spiritual: its practice is a way to be in harmony with nature, a way to develop human qualities and to transform inwardly. Chi Kung, as a philosophy of life, helps to maintain healthy habits and improve the quality of life of everyone who practices it.
Chi Kung is an oriental gymnastics, adapted to any age and physical condition, aimed at enhancing our state of health: to heal, revitalise and develop spiritually.