What is Qi?
The concept Qi is generally defined in the West as breath, life force, vital energy or spiritual energy. Qi is part of everything which exists. The Chinese symbol for Qi is made up of a combination of the symbol for steam and the one for rice. In figurative terms we are thus guided towards the nourishing aspect of Qi. Without Qi there is no life. It is the building block for everything which lives, the life force of humanity. Qi is the invisible master behind all visible forms and vital functions of the body. Qi is responsible for our health and forms a bridge between body and mind. What is Qigong?
In Chinese the word Qigong is made up of two characters: Qi (Chi) and Gong. Qi means ‘life energy’ and Gong means ‘work’. In other words, Qigong is a method to use Qi for various purposes including self-healing. Everyone is born with Qi and everyone has the ability to use Qi for a variety of purposes. You might compare it with swimming. We are born with the potential to swim, but we can only utilise this if we learn the skills of swimming. In the same way the skills to use Qi are learned and not innate. Once someone has been trained in the use of Qi, he or she may apply Qi for martial arts, dancing, weightlifting and of course self-healing, for instance.
Why is ZQ so effective?
The founder of Zhineng Qigong, Dr Pang Ming, studied under 19 different Qigong masters and internalised each movement before he started developing Zhineng Qigong. He brought his scientific and medical knowledge to bear on Zhineng Qigong. Zhineng Qigong is a fusion of key movements of various Qigong techniques and Qigong disciplines.
For whom is ZQ?
Zhineng Qigong is for everyone who wants to work on their health, vitality and relaxation or wanting to bring their life into more equilibrium. Zhineng Qigong has no age limits or other restrictions. It is suitable for everyone, the exercises can also be performed in a chair, or they can even be visualised. For sports, practising Zhineng Qigong can also have considerable effect. With golf, for instance, various players have found a clear difference to be observable – more concentration and inner peace and a better balance. Through Zhineng Qigong, among other things the shoulder area and the lower back become more supple, bringing more flexibility and strength to the movement.