Learn authentic medical Qigong for healing, awakening and transformation
With its origins approximately dating back to the Wu people in ancient China over 7000 years ago, Qigong has been used as a tool to balance the body and stimulate its self healing abilities for centuries.
The word Qigong – translates ‘Qi’, vital energy and ‘Gong’ cultivation and is also spelt ‘Chi-kung’ in the western interpretation. It forms one of the 4 branches of Chinese medicine alongside Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs and Tui Na medical massage.
To date, there are over 3000 styles of Qigong registered with the Chinese government. There are ancient forms of Qigong that have been passed down from Master to student through the generations. Then there are the variations of those styles that have emerged through the years. Many masters have also developed their own routines.
Most Qigong forms can be segmented under the categories of Medical Qigong, Daoist Qigong, Martial Qigong, Buddhist Qigong and Modern Medical Qigong – together forming a beautiful family that continues to serve the health and wellbeing of humanity.
Qigong vs Tai Chi – what’s the difference?
Qigong is often taught alongside the more widely known Tai Chi but it is important to note that the two arts have some important differences and distinctions between them and they are not the same thing.
Tai Chi is estimated to have originated 2000 years ago with most of the styles emerging from the Yang and the Chen families and lineages. Tai Chi routines are often between 18 to over 120 movements in length where as Qigong routines are more simpler and shorter in length.
Tai Chi can also be practiced competitively in tournaments and can feature weapons as part of the forms whereas Qigong generally does not have this in common. Certain Tai Chi forms also have martial art applications whereas Qigong does not and is largely accepted as a medicinal and internal martial art in the worldwide community.
Both Tai Chi and Qigong are wonderful and powerful healing arts that have helped millions of people around the world.