How does Zhineng Qigong work?

Through slow circular flowing health movements, the energy flow (Qi flow) in the body is stimulated.

Metaphorically you might say that the meridians are small streams flowing through the body, which are all interconnected. If the streams can flow freely and naturally we are healthy. Once a rock enters the stream or it is filled with branches and leaves, then we form a dam (a blockage). And that’s not healthy.

Zhi=          wisdom, intelligence

Neng=     ability/potential

Qi=           vital energy, breath, life force

Gong=     working, discipline

With Zhineng Qigong, gong means a specific exercise period (this is always 100 consecutive days).

What is the effect of Zhineng Qigong?

A number of important effects are:

  • Reduces stress
  • Imparts energy
  • Imparts oxygen to the body which improves the immune system
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Combats illnesses and promotes vitality and rest
  • Stretches and unbends the muscles and joints and promotes the movability of the entire body
  • Balances the blood pressure
  • Protects and nourishes the lungs through slow breathing
  • Ensures better digestion
  • Resolves blockages, both physical and mental

Qigong types

Qigong is a collective concept for a variety of methods. In China Qigong is divided into five major schools.

  • Taoist Qigong
  • Confucian Qigong
  • Buddhist Qigong
  • Martial Arts
  • Medical Qigong

The purpose of medical Qigong is to improve the quantity and quality of internal Qi and to stimulate the flow of Qi and blood in the entire body to prevent and combat illnesses and disorders (mental and physical). Zhineng Qigong, the form I practise, is a medical Qigong type. After the Chinese government had arranged for eleven Qigong types to be researched, Zhineng Qigong was declared to be the most effective medical form.