Qi gong

What it is

Qi gong – pronounced ‘chee goong’ – is part of traditional Chinese medicine. ‘Qi’ means vital energy, and ‘gong’ means work. Qi gong combines movement with controlled breathing and meditation. It may also be considered an energy therapy.

Why use it

Movements performed in qi gong keep the flow of energy running through the body’s energy channels. This can help improve quality of life, including mental and physical wellbeing.

What to expect

Wear comfortable clothes. The session starts with warm-up exercises to loosen the body. The instructor then guides you through a series of slow movements, which help you become more aware of your energy. Classes might also include meditation while you are lying down, sitting, standing or walking.

Evidence

Clinical studies suggest that qi gong improves quality of life and reduces fatigue, pain and anxiety. Anecdotal evidence shows that it helps to improve general fitness.

    − Margaret (breast cancer and non-Hodgkin lymphoma)


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