While the underlying precepts of the practice of Qigong remain the same, the goal you want to achieve will determine which type of exercises you choose. There are four main types of Qigong, each with a specific purpose and focus. However, many of those who train in one discipline find that the benefits tend to cross over between the disciplines.
#1 Health or Medical Qigong
Health or Medical Qigong focuses on the healing of self or others. Using breathing exercises, meditation and gentle movements with an emphasis on the internal organs, Qigong can be a key to curing a number of health issues. From minor muscular injuries to diseases like cancer, Qigong has been used to bring relief and healing. Qigong Breathing and Meditation has been known to bring relief from stress and depression. Understanding the connection between the food you eat and your health is also a key focus.
There are two distinct Health Qigong practices:
- Self-Care or Self-Improvement Qigong regulates the Qi of the body to prevent disease and enhance health.
- Qigong for helping others (energy healing) for people who need help with pain or are working on reversing a disease, or people who need extra love or care. A trained Qigong practitioner using their breath and their prayer, focuses their energy of the universe and sends it to the recipient to help them regenerate. Healers can use prayers they are comfortable during their healing practices, there’s no set way to do it – just being sincere, quieting the mind, and most importantly focusing the breath.
Causes Of Illness
Most illness can be traced back to electromagnetic disruptions caused by:
- Environmental influences
- Emotional changes
Health or Medical Qigong Solutions
Health or medical Qigong offers a solution for clients to flush away many years of electromagnetic disruptions caused by the above, by correct imbalances in the electromagnetic fields which will allow the body to strengthen and regulate:
- Internal organs
- Nervous system
- Immune system
- Relieve pain
- Regulate hormones
- Flush out stress
- Strengthen positive emotions, flush out negative emotions
# 2 Martial, Sport, or Hard Qigong
Martial or Sports Qigong focuses on fine-tuning physical performance. Physical prowess is learned by training in different methods of combat. Practicing Martial Qigong can have a positive effect on performance in many different sporting disciplines as it improves:
- Improved Balance
Martial Qigong is valuable in all sports disciplines as it conditions the body against injury. Martial Qigong practitioners are able to do physical feats that would usually be considered impossible – breaking bricks, bending metal, sustaining physical impact from hard objects without injury.
#3 Spiritual Qigong
Spiritual Qigong focuses on mental clarity and tranquility. Enlightenment is achieved through self-awareness, harmony with nature and mental tranquility. This is achieved through meditation, both moving meditation, and stillness. Spiritual qigong focuses on being humble, connecting with our higher power, God, Spirit, source of life.
#4 Scholarly Qigong
Practiced from ancient times, the focus of Scholarly Qigong is to discover the vast potentials of the human body and mind. Scholarly qigong uses of acupressure on cranial points while sending qi energy. People have noted the standing and rooting styles of qigong that follow Tai-Chi principles of rooting. Wuji is scholarly form of qigong and it’s made for kids.
Across all the types of Qigong, there are two basic techniques that Qigong makes use of:
- External Qi Practices: incorporates breath and movement synchronized together.
- Internal Qi Practices: less movement, seated meditation, guided imagery, and visualization.
Choose Your Path
People are often guided into the right path by their needs or interests. If you aren’t sure which path you should be following, contact us to find out more information.