Anti aging guide

Qi Gong for Healing Stress



Qi Gong (or Chi Kung) for relieving stress

This is one of the best anti-aging oriental techniques when it comes to healing stress. It is an ancient system of movement, breathing exercises and meditation to heal body and mind. This method has been used for 4,000 years. It was, and still is, a favourite exercise for Taoists, those experts on longevity.

Qi means ‘energy’, while Gong means ‘art’. Qi Gong practitioners claim that, if practised regularly, it:

  • Increases blood flow to the brain and to the skin
  • Lowers high blood pressure
  • Helps maintain a good sense of balance
  • Strengthens the bones
  • Supercharges the intimate hormones
  • Restrains the biological effects of the aging process

Scientific studies have shown that while normal people breathe on average 12-16 times a minute, qi gong practitioners breathe less often than that, sometimes just five times a minute. This is a sign that their metabolism is balanced and slowed, reducing the effects of free radicals to a minimum.

Qi Gong should be practised following certain rules. You need to practise regularly, when you are relaxed, and not before or after a heavy meal. Practise outside in the fresh air if possible, preferably away from pollution, in a large park, in the countryside or by the seaside. The best time for practising is at sunrise and at midnight, but morning or evening times are still acceptable.

Practise meditation, breathe correctly and relax during the exercise. The exercises are not just physical but are mental and spiritual at the same time, so you are able to kill three birds with one stone.

Here are some examples of basic qi gong exercises to get you started. If you develop an interest in this method (which you should!), then it is best to find a local class or get a relevant book to give you more information on other exercises.

Qi Gong, like tai chi, should be performed not only with the body but also with the mind focused on the procedure.

Posted by Carol Hudgens - February 3, 2012 at 8:51 pm