Qi Gong is not a martial art and has exclusively health objectives. In contrast to Tai Chi, Qi Gong involves little movement and can be practiced standing, sitting or lying down. Meditation is part of Qi Gong. The individual exercises are usually performed standing on the square and are therefore also suitable for the home. Qi Gong is very popular in China. One can call it a popular “movement”. Totally concentrated and introverted, the Chinese perform their slow, flowing physical exercises – almost like slow motion. These combinations of breathing, movement and meditation exercises play an important role in China in maintaining health and harmonizing the flow of life energy (Qi).
Like acupuncture, Qi Gong is an important treatment method in traditional Chinese medicine. Traditional Chinese Medicine or abbreviated TCM is an important healing method in complementary medicine.
The term Qi Gong (or also Qigong, Chi gong) is derived from “Qi” (Chi) for life energy and from “Gong” (Kung) for practice. In traditional Chinese medicine, the life energy “Qi” or “Chi” plays an important role. One imagines how life energy flows through meridians (energy paths) to the various organ systems and supplies them. This energy collects in the area below the navel, the “gate to heaven”. If the “Qi” flows harmoniously, the person is healthy. If there is a lack of life energy or if it accumulates in certain organs, this leads to discomfort and illness.
Quigong exercises are therefore “energy work”. Through Qi Gong, the “Qi” is to be harmonized through movement and concentration and brought back to flow. Hereby diseases should be warded off and a long life should be achieved.