Ancient Techniques Heal Modern Ailments

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By Lee Holden, Master Instructor of Qi Gong and Tai Chi as well as a licensed acupuncturist and a doctor of Chinese medicine.

Qi Gong is one of the oldest (and easiest) forms of exercise. It’s practiced by millions worldwide as a way to gently strengthen muscles and improve cardiovascular capacity. More importantly, Qi Gong works from the inside out to tune up each system of the body so that the whole works more efficiently. And when that happens, you see a dramatic improvement in flexibility, sleep quality, longevity, balance, reduced stress, and more.

The word ‘qi’ translates literally as ‘life force.’ A fundamental idea behind Qi Gong is that we lose this essential energy as we age, and this leads to stiffness and pain in our joints. Qi Gong gently restores our life force energy, regenerating the natural lubricants in the body and making joints more supple. The movements are designed to mirror the flow of nature, specifically water. They’re done slowly, with a focus on coordinating the breath. Many can be modified and performed sitting down, making it a great option for those who are more physically limited.

While Qi Gong may look serene, it has a powerful impact on joints, bones, and organs. Recent studies by the National Institute of Aging and the National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine (branches of the National Institute of Health), and Emory University show the benefits of Tai Chi (a form of Qi Gong) match and often surpass those of more complicated and expensive alternatives. Improvements in balance, strength, cardiovascular and respiratory function, flexibility, immune response, and bone density have all been recorded. Seniors in one study exhibited increased ankle and knee strength and a reduced fear of falling.

One of the surprising things about the practice of Qi Gong is how fast results are experienced — even if it’s been years since you’ve gotten off the couch. I’ve had many clients report a dramatic drop in pain and discomfort after just a single workout. Of course, for those already in good health Qi Gong is a wonderful tool for maintaining that precious gift. And the only ‘side effect’ is a rediscovered joy of living!

Author Bio:
Lee Holden is a Master Instructor of Qi Gong and Tai Chi, a licensed acupuncturist and a doctor of Chinese medicine. His best-selling Qi Gong DVDs [including Qi Gong for Seniors and Qi Gong for Healthy Joints and Bones} are regularly featured on public television and are distributed exclusively at http://www.ExerciseToHeal.com.

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