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Qi is said to flow
Many are familiar with the relaxation process used in Chinese medicine, Qigong. With slow, flowing movements, the exercises make the qi, ie the "energy of the body", flow. Blockages can also be released through targeted exercises. In Chinese medicine, Qigong is one of the five pillars of medical science alongside acupuncture, Chinese medicine therapy, body therapy and diet.
The individual, short exercises of Qigong are a mixture of gymnastics, meditation and pantomime. The movements are so slow that the muscles loosen and the qi gets everywhere. But relaxation alone is not enough, moderate muscle tension is just as important. “The greatest difficulty for European patients is to switch off voluntary control over the movements, which is supposed to happen automatically,” explains Dr. Christian Schmincke, expert in Chinese medicine and head of the clinic at the Steigerwald.
Pictorial names for the exercises such as "The crane that spreads its wings" or "Archery" should help with this. If you put yourself in the picture, you direct your attention outwards, away from yourself. Then the Qigong also has a good effect: "Our organism is controlled by two systems: the animal system, which includes muscles and sensory organs, and the vegetative, the subconscious body processes. Properly practiced qigong harmonizes both. ” Patients notice the success when the salivation is stimulated and the stomach starts to work. Qigong also makes people more relaxed, more defensive and better able to deal with stress.
The meditative exercises also help with acute pain, migraines or cramps. When the flow of qi stops and patients practice qigong, it begins to flow again. "Breathing deepens, the motor functions of the stomach and intestines regulate and the circulatory system comes back into balance," explains Dr. Schmincke. “Blood pressure also normalizes, the heat is better distributed in the body and feelings of cold decrease.” Ideally, patients do qigong every morning. Anyone who has learned the exercises under supervision can practice them independently at home. Chronically ill people benefit most from Qigong when it is embedded in an overall concept with Chinese medicines, acupuncture, body therapies and nutritional science.
Calm and revitalize qigong balls
Almost everyone has already held the qigong balls in their hands. The exercises with the balls have the same purpose as the whole-body Qigong exercises: calming, centering and revitalizing. In the exercise “Make circles in contact”, the balls in hand rotate around each other. Circling should be done clockwise and counterclockwise with both hands. Warning: it is not about manual dexterity, but about effects on the whole body. Anyone who practices with too much wrong ambition overwhelms the muscles of the hand and forearm and quickly becomes exhausted. The skill in circling the balls occurs on its own when the movements gradually become automated and flow, so to speak, from the body into the arm to the hand. Advanced players can rotate the balls in their hands without touching each other. (sb, pm)