QIGONG:  Disease Prevention and Healing

 

 

When taking daily prescriptions to manage health issues, patients must keep in mind that their issues are only controlled, not resolved, and come with many side effects as well as suggested lifestyle changes.  Years of fad diets, abandoned gym memberships and stale supplements have led Americans to lose faith in the health and wellness industry.  “Experts” rave how exercise improves your blood pressure, cholesterol, heart health, and bone density.  Meanwhile, your friends who exercise look about the same, with an added limp or torn rotator cuff.  Sounds like a great club to join!

 

Bring up your latest symptoms with a doctor and you will probably learn about the newest drug.  With pharmaceuticals available for most problems, alternatives are rarely discussed, given America’s dependency on the thriving pharmaceutical industry.  Prescribing a “quick fix” is not only easy, but most patients are satisfied with a prescription. 

Taking control of our health requires us to gain a greater understanding of our bodies. 

Individuals might spend hours sculpting their biceps, yet have no idea where their liver is located.  They run for hours without understanding proper breathing mechanics.  They can barely walk without cortisone, yet continue their daily run.  Sadly, we often instigate our own suffering, because we do not understand how our bodies work.  Traditional fitness programs focus much attention on the body’s cardiovascular and muscular systems, yet do not address the diseases that attack the organs and kill our loved ones each day.

 

Introducing Medical Qigong (pronounced “Chee-gong”).  A healing art with roots in Chinese Medicine, Qigong offers benefits similar to acupuncture.   With protocols ranging from gentle to intense, the qigong practice focuses on moving energy cultivated in three energy centers traveling along the twelve meridiens through the body to each of the organs.  As energy flows, the body might encounter blockages, often linked to our emotions.  This “stuck energy” may become toxic if left unbalanced, leading to disease and other ailments.   Alternatively, if the body can return to balance, it will function more efficiently and remain disease-free. 

Sadly, we often instigate our own suffering, because we do not understand how our bodies work.

 

While Medical Qigong specifically addresses each of the organs, protocols exist for ailments often treated through acupuncture.  In effect, practitioners are able to establish a more active role in maintaining their body’s vitality and health.  Practitioners may see improvements in function of all bodily systems, balance, strength, coordination, flexibility, mobility, and overall well-being. 

 

 

Other problems that can be addressed by the Medical Qigong practice include:

  • dry mouth

  • joint pain

  • back pain

  • neck pain

  • neuropathy

  • stress relief

  • chronic fatigue

  • chronic pain

  • ADD / ADHD

  • body stiffness

  • diseases of internal organs (liver, heart, lungs, spleen, kidneys)

  • metabolic disorders (diabetes, thyroid, high cholesterol)

  • neurological issues (Parkinson's, MS, Alzheimer's, epilepsy, stroke)

  • skeletal issues (bone cancer / osteoporosis / osteopenia)

  • cardiovascular disease / circulation problems / inflammation

  • skin conditions and diseases (eczema / acne / psoriasis)

  • impotence/libido struggles/hormonal issues/infertility

  • high or low blood pressure / CAD / atherosclerosis

  • asthma / respiratory conditions and diseases

  • Crohn's Disease / colitis / IBD / constipation / IBS / reflux 

  • psychological issues

  • bladder problems

  • menstrual pain

  • anger management

  • weight loss/gain

  • prostate disorders

  • trauma recovery

  • mobility issues

  • balance issues

  • AND MANY, MANY MORE!

Participating in Qigong Classes:
Group Classes:
Qigong group class are held in 2-month-long sessions, and registration is mandatory to participate in the group class.  Drop-Ins are not available at this time.  Our current class runs Monday, January 6 and will run through February 24th (8 classes). Cost is $96; please sign up prior to the start of class online or in person.  Class is held from 6:30pm-7:30pm on Mondays. If you are still interested in participating in this class, please check with the instructor if it has already started to see if there is room.  We do allow late sign-ups for students who have taken qigong in the past depending on the type of work we are doing, or for new students who are willing to take a private lesson to make sure you are able to work comfortably with the group.  Pricing for this class is $96; pro-rated fees will be available if you start late.
If you are interested in attending future qigong classes, our next session will be held for the  months of March and April and registration will be available  in early February.  Classes will run from March 2 - April 27th (9 classes). Early-Bird special through February 28th is $90 and price will go up to $108 on March 1.
We are also able to schedule private classes for your group or corporation with a minimum of 5 people; contact our office for more information at (314)714-4482. 
 
Qigong Philosophy Classes:
New for 2020, we are offering Qigong Philosophy classes the 1st Monday of every month at 7:30pm, immediately following  qigong class.  This class is open to anyone interested in learning the theory behind the qigong practice.  Participation in the physical qigong class is not required.  This class will help you to deepen your practice of qigong.  Sign-ups are currently available for January 6 and February 3rd.  Classes are $15/each.  Please pre-register to ensure the class will be held. Since this class is new, class will be cancelled if a minimum number of 5 participants do not register for this class before January 3, 2020.
Private Sessions:
Private sessions are available by appointment and are billed at the same rate as personal training sessions. Private sessions are recommended if you would like to work on a specific concern or are interested in joining a class session late. A few private sessions may be required prior to joining a session that is also underway, depending on how far into the session you are hoping to join the class.
Qigong Workshops:
We will be hosting an Intro to Qigong workshop at the studio on Saturday, February 29th from 12:00pm-2:00pm. Pre-Registration is required and cost is $20.  Online registration is available through the link below. 
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