Qigong Healing Exercises and Balance

BalanceEngaging in a regular practice of qigong results in many benefits for your overall health, whatever tendency you might have for a specific medical condition. This includes a boosting of your immune system so that you are prone to have fewer infections. An increase your overall energy and sense of well being also accrue with daily practice. Perhaps these observed benefits are why many who have cancer, practice qigong to help them in their healing journey.

Research studies on seniors have shown that Tai Chi exercise, which is a choreographed method of qigong, increases balance and reduces the number of falls that they experience. Balance can be the result of balanced practice and a gradual acquiring of an embodied sense of it as a result of proper postural alignments during qigong practice. You can also develop balance with the methods of standing qigong (zhan zhuang) and it will improve your Tai Chi, or even your Kung Fu.

When you do standing qigong (taking care to do it with all of the correct alignments) this helps develop a relaxed strength and an evenly distributed energetic and physical foundation. For example, if you are stronger on one side of your body, standing practice can teach your body to relax on that side while it is simultaneously strengthening the other side.

One of the things you will want to notice when you are doing a moving qigong practice is to avoid moving unevenly to favor one side of the body over the other. This is where the 75% rule is very important. This rule means that you should not move any further on your more flexible side than you can move on your weaker or less flexible side of the body. If you a moving from side-to-side from your waist, or inguinal crease, and you have tight muscular that prevents you from moving to the left as much as you do to the right, you will need to limit your movement on the right side until the left side of the hip region becomes more flexible. The same goes for the arm movements, be conscious of the movement limitations of your less flexible side so you don’t favor your more flexible side. Over time, the arms and shoulder muscles will even out in flexibility and strength.

Balance in your qigong exercises also implies that you do not force movements or have practice sessions that exceed your capacity. The 75% rule also applies in this case. It is not recommended that you do twice as much qigong on a day following one where you did not practice. That is not how it works. Practice regularly and arrange your life around your practice so that it facilitates regular practice. Make it a habit, a good habit.
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