Qigong is a Chinese health and longevity practice. It is most often referred to as the science and art of posture, movement, breath, and sound, to cleanse and circulate the Qi throughout the body (Qi being the life-force energy of the body). These rhythmic movements help to reduce stress, increase vitality and enhance the immune system. Some find it aides in the function of the digestive, cardiovascular, circulatory, respiratory, and lymphatic systems. Massage Therapists can incorporate Qigong in to their sessions to help unblock, balance and direct Qi in the body so that if flows uninhibited.
About Energy Therapies There is an aspect of intangibility with energy work. Working with energetic life-force is much different than receiving medical or surgical treatment. It requires the active participation of the client and an honest desire to receive. Practitioners of therapeutic energy work are not figures of authority empowered to remedy any dysfunction or imbalance with their magic touch; at best they are compassionate guides with the training and ability to be present and attentive with their clients.
In a typical energy balancing session, a variety of visualization exercises, guided meditation, gentle stroking or hand positions are used to encourage energetic balance. Unless received as a part of a traditional wellness massage, clients typically lie fully clothed on a massage table while receiving energy work. Energetic therapy practitioners are able to scan a client’s energy centers (referred to by some as chakras) and pathways (often called meridians) to locate potential imbalances in energetic flow. Practitioners are trained in a variety of techniques to clear blockages, encourage healing of leaks and stimulate or calm energetic flow. Many massage therapists are also able to integrate energetic techniques into a traditional massage session.