Chapter Balancing Gong

Imitating animal movements

Balancing Gong is a Daoist Qigong exercise which mainly imitates the movements and daily life of animals. The exercises work by stimulating the Dantien to strengthen the back, shoulders and neck.

Nowadays, people have to sit for long periods in offices, cars, and so on. As a result in middle age their joints become stiff and painful, and sometimes even swollen. This is because of poor circulation. In Chinesc medicine the Qi and the blood are connectcd. If the circulation is good then the Qi will be strong, tile face will be a better colour, the skin soft and the joints more flexible. It all depends on your Qi.

In the body, all the organs are connected to the neck, spine and shoulders. The neck, spine and shoulders support the entire body and help to transfer the energy to the different organs. So if your neck has a problem, this will block the energy flow. Practising Balancing Gong can help your neck, shoulders and spine become stronger and more flexible.

Refer back to the diagrams on the positions of the acupuncture points.

Roc Extends Its Wings (top) and Monkey Walk right are good examples of exercises based on animal movements.

Heal Yourself With Qi Gong

Heal Yourself With Qi Gong

Qigong also spelled Ch'i Kung is a potent system of healing and energy medicine from China. It's the art and science of utilizing breathing methods, gentle movement, and meditation to clean, fortify, and circulate the life energy qi.

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