Medical Qigong is an ancient form of Chinese practice, and in China is considered to be one of the four main branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), along with acupuncture, herbal medicine, and massage. As with the other "Branches", healing occurs through balancing qi or electromagnetic energy which surrounds and pervades all living creatures. Disruptions in the electromagnetic energy of the body occur throughout our lifetime as a result of poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, injuries, surgery, suppression of emotions, and aging.
The goal of qigong is to correct these bio-energetic imbalances and blockages. This enables the body to strengthen and regulate the internal organs, the nervous system and the immune system, relieve pain, regulate hormones, and strengthen and release deep-seated emotions and stress.
Medical qigong consists of working with a practitioner to regulate the client's qi. After the session, the client will be given qigong excercises to assist in their ongoing healing. Tailored specifically to the client, medical qigong exercises use physical movement, breathing methods and mental intention to correct and restore the function in the body.
Like any other system of fitness or health care, qigong is not a panacea but a highly effective health care practice. Many health care professionals recommend qigong as an important form of complementary and alternative medicine.
A treatment using Pushing Energy.
Qi can pass through air and clothing, so there is no need to disrobe. The practitioner often works about a foot away from the client's body, to guide and manipulate the movement of Qi. The client may feel varying sensations as the Qi moves, such as warmth, tingling, coolness, vibration, and sometimes twitching as the stagnant energy releases.
Generally, clients find the sessions extremely relaxing and rejuvenating. Sometimes clients may become aware of uncomfortable emotions that have been suppressed and have an emotional release either during or after the treatment. As one of the primary goals of Medical Qigong therapy is to release toxic emotions from within the body's tissues, having an emotional release is extremely beneficial to one's psychological and physiological well-being.
Rolling the Ball
Qigong Excercises / Daoyin
After the treatment a client will be given Qigong prescriptions to assist in their ongoing healing. These Medical Qigong exercises and meditations are tailored specifically to the clients, similar to an acupuncturist prescribing healing herbs or a medical doctor giving a pharmaceutical prescription.
Bernard’s compassion and thoroughness with patients has made him a sought after practitioner.
Dr. Jerry Alan Johnson
Ph.D., DTCM, DMQ (China)
Founder, International Institute of Medical Qigong