Spiritual Qigong makes use of moving and/or quiescent meditation to bring about greater self-awareness, tranquility, and harmony with nature. The spiritual aspect of Qigong evolved from Taoism and Buddhism but does not require a particular religious affiliation to benefit from the training. The goal is to become more intimately familiar with your true nature and encourages expression of that nature in your daily life.
While Qigong is largely informed by Daoism and, to a lesser extent, by Buddhism, it is not necessary to have any particular religious belief in order to be a patient or a student of SimplyAware. We respect each individual's right to their own religious beliefs - or absence thereof - and this will not affect any treatment or teaching that you receive or hold dear.
In a small number of circumstances certain spiritual practices may be employed in order to assist with your healing and/or learning. In those cases, the practice can be re-framed to work with your own spiritual or religious belief system.
Qi = Life Energy + Gong = Work, Effort or Cultivation
Qigong = Life Energy Cultivation
As one of the deepest roots of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Qigong practices are classified as health, medical, martial or spiritual. All styles are based on the same foundational Qigong Principles and have three things in common: they all involve strong posture, (whether moving or stationary), coordinated breathing techniques, and mental focus or intention. Some practices cultivate our Qi reserves; others circulate Qi to cleanse and heal one's body while other practices train Medical Practitioners to work with, and emit Qi to help heal others. Practices vary from soft internal styles such as Tai Chi; to external, vigorous styles such as Kung Fu. However, the slow gentle movements of most Qigong forms can be easily adapted for all age groups and levels of ability.
The goal of a Medical Qigong Practitioner is to restore health by correcting energetic imbalances in the body. 5 Element Theory applied within Medical Qigong seeks to harmonize the 5 Yin organs in the body; Heart, Lungs, Liver, Spleen and Kidneys. Through this process the internal organs, Central and Autonomic nervous systems and immune system are strengthened and balanced; pain may be relieved; hormones regulated; and deep-seated stress and emotions processed and released.
A Medical Qigong Practitioner must first train for many years to understand their own subtle energies and imbalances before exploring the complexities of another beings subtle energies and imbalances. By working within and healing the imbalances first, Practitioners become intimately familiar with their own subtle energies. As this transformation takes place, the Practitioner becomes very adept at isolating and recognizing subtle energies and imbalances within others. Once disharmonies are identified within the patient, the Practitioner uses their knowledge and experience of complex treatment protocols to affect change within the patient. As always, if the patient is not ready to release the disharmony, nothing will change. It is important to note that Medical Qigong is a partnership between patient and practitioner in the healing process.
When patients are ill and their own Qi is weak or stagnant, receiving Qi from a Medical Qigong practitioner can provide a profound impetus for healing. Usually, people who receive External Qigong treatments are also guided to do their own Internal Qigong practice, on one or more of three layers, in accordance with prescriptions provided by their practitioner. By working together, the patient becomes an empowered, active participant on their healing path.
Performed by a highly trained practitioner, Medical Qigong works to balance your physical and subtle energetic systems. This is achieved through clinical table work and prescription exercises designed to aid the purgation, tonification and regulation of the physical and subtle energetic bodies. The Practitioner and the patient work together in this healing process.
Purgation - The Medical Qigong Practitioner will use purgation to remove unwanted subtle energies and circulatory blockages from an affected area / organ. This is achieved through the Medical Qigong Practitioner's ability to work with and emit Qi to clear subtle energy fields, during clinical table work. The patient will often then be trained in prescription Qigong and therapeutic techniques which will assist further releasing of blockages on physical, mental and emotional levels.
Tonification - Once the affected area has been purged the Medical Qigong Practitioner will use a Qi emission which effectively boosts the subtle resonate energy of the affected area / organ. This will enhance its ability to function properly and help reestablish its strength. Practitioners will also train patients in personal cultivation prescriptive Qigong techniques to help with tonification (Qi Cultivation) between clinical sessions.
Regulation - The Medical Qigong Practitioner will guide the subtle energies, of an affected area / organ, back into their resonate harmonic state and in regulation with the other physical and energetic systems within the patient. This allows for the resumption of optimal functioning within the physical and energetic bodies. Practitioners will also train patients prescriptive Qigong and therapeutic techniques to help maintain a state of regulation between clinical sessions. Additionally, in the case of chronic or persistent patterns, the patient is encouraged to develop a higher level of mindfulness to determine how their physical and energetic bodies move out of harmony. This is a critical step in the healing process.
Physical - The Medical Qigong Practitioner has advanced knowledge of anatomy, physiology and energetics which help guide their ability to recognize and influence energetic and physiological blockages related to scar tissue, fascial adhesions, current or previous bone breaks and other injuries. In clinic, the Practitioner is able to reestablish energetic flow through an injured area which may accelerate the healing process. Through prescriptive Qigong techniques, the Practitioner is able to train the patient in stabilizing and strengthening weakened areas, and releasing physiological blockages thus increasing fluid and energetic circulation, both of which are crucial to the healing process.
Mental - Medical Qigong recognizes the relationship between mental and physical well being. Consider that worry and chronic anxiety can elevate blood pressure and damage your digestion or that being unable to speak your truth causes physiological and energetic blockages in the neck and jaw line even leading to ear aches and sore chronic sore throats. The Medical Qigong Practitioner explores mental health as part of the healing path and works with the patient to identify and resolve mental imbalances through perspective shifting life coaching sessions, prescriptive Qigong techniques and meditation training.
Emotional - Medical Qigong recognizes the relationship between emotional and physical well being. Consider that anger elevates blood pressure, makes you feel restless and disrupts digestion. Depression robs you of your energy and appetite while fear will immobilize you and constrict your circulation, leaving you feeling cold all the time. The Medical Qigong Practitioner explores emotional health as part of the healing path and works with the patient to identify and resolve emotional imbalances through perspective shifting life coaching sessions, prescriptive Qigong techniques and meditation training.
Holistic simply means whole or complete. Medical Qigong seeks to understand the underlying cause of dis-ease or dis-harmony by reading the physical and energetic body as well as listening to the human experiencing the affects. All these layers, together, paint a much clearer picture for the Medical Qigong Practitioner to identify a root cause and help guide the patient on their healing journey. Together, well being becomes a reality.
We are not compartmentalized beings, so why should our health care be?
For over 5,000 years in written medical texts, and 8,000 in oral traditions, Qigong practitioners have been studying our resonate frequencies as well the energetic and circulatory patterns of humans. We know that proper circulation of vital fluids is required for optimum health. Consider the difference in health between a flowing river and a stagnant pool of water, or a "couch potato and an active person." Which one is more likely to remain healthy, long term? Additionally, beginning at the quantum level, we are all a collection of subtle frequencies. From a rock, to sound or light waves, everything on this physical level of existence vibrates at a resonate frequency. If that frequency becomes unbalances or blocked, disharmony and dis-ease may be allowed to set in. Watch the video below to see what happens to a crystal glass when the proper sound frequency is introduced. Qigong allows you to learn your subtle frequencies and work with them to optimize your well being. This is not magic, it is science in its purest form. Just like tuning a guitar, you can learn to tune your body for optimal health.
As awareness of Qigong grows in the West, we see the term "Medical Qigong" becoming increasingly used - often inappropriately. In most cases, when people say that they are practicing Medical Qigong, what they are actually practicing is Health Qigong. Health Qigong comprises exercises that are performed to promote general health. Whilst this is a worthy aim, and such exercises can be very effective, these exercises are not targeted at the specific health needs of a particular individual.
In contrast, Medical Qigong involves the diagnosis and treatment of a particular individual's specific physical, mental, emotional and spiritual imbalances. As such, it can be used to treat specific medical conditions, as well as provide a tailored means of maintaining general health and well-being.
Every part of our being vibrates at varying frequencies. Bones vibrate differently than the liver (dense and fluid filled) or lungs (hollow and air filled). In addition, our mental emotional states generate vibrations through physical tension, relaxation, and subtle energies.
Physically - The slow, repetitive dynamic training of Qigong forms allows athletes of all levels to learn deep structural mechanics and understand where power originates within the body. This also helps develop structural stability, deep core strength and improved circulation for the post event recovery process.
Mentally - Any professional athlete will tell you that a strong mental game is critical to high levels of performance. Qigong trains dynamic, internal focus which helps build high levels of concentration for complex muscle coordination.
Some documented results from this level of training:
SimplyAware's highly trained staff have privately trained professional athletes from various sports.