Qi Gong

What is Qi Gong?

Qigong (also spelled Ch'i Kung) is a powerful system of healing and energy medicine from China. It is the art and science of using breathing techniques, gentle movement, and meditation to cleanse, strengthen, and circulate the life energy (qi). Qigong practice leads to better health and vitality and a tranquil state of mind. In the past, qigong was also called nei gong (inner work) and dao yin (guiding energy.”

Links:   http://www.qigonghealing.com/qigong/whatis.html

What is Qi?

Meridians are the pathways of qi (chi) and blood flow through the body. Qi flows continuously from one meridian to another. Any break in the flow is an indication of imbalance. If a person's vitality or energy is recognizably diminished it is an indication that the body's organs or tissues are functioning poorly, therefore the qi flow is inadequate.

What is the Meridian Healing System?

The meridian healing system (originating in Chinese Medicine) is based on the concept that an insufficient supply of qi makes a person vulnerable to disease. Restoring the qi is the ultimate goal in restoring overall health and well being to the individual. Practitioners (acupuncturists, Chinese herbalists, massage therapists, etc.) assist clients in repairing dtysfunctioning areas within their meridian systems to restore a natural balance by utilizing various healing methods.

How does this relate to Chiropractic?

The two meridian lines that run down the spine are considered the area of most importance in the body. They are the Governing Vessel and the Bladder Meridian. There are also more than 300 acupuncture points on the spinal area, these include meridian points, Hua Tuo Jiaji and new found points. Acupuncture, Yoga, and Taoism say that the main energy flow in the body is in the center of the body or median line.

In the view of western medicine nerves start in the brain and go down the spinal cord. The brain and spinal nerves regulate the whole body. As we see, both western and oriental medicine agree in the importance of the spinal area. The energy flow of the body, blood circulation, and body fluid flow have to be in constant unobstructed motion. Many diseases and pains occur when there is a blockage of a flow. The main purpose of Chiropractic, Yoga, and Qi Gong is to remove blockages and restore optimum flow.

Dr. Zen is certified and taught the practice of Spring Forest Qi Gong. Every person that comes in for a Chiropractic Adjustment are also taught how to restore their health back at home.

Link: http://www.springforestqigong.com/index.htm


What are Chakras?

Chakra, which means "wheels" in Sanskrit, are points of energy running along our spine. Ancient Hindus formulated that there were seven of these energy wheels, each a different color and spinning in a clockwise direction.

Interestingly enough, the spacing of chakras actually matches major nerve or endocrine centers in the body.

The Chakras Along the Spine

The human body has many chakras, however we will focus on the seven major chakras that are located along the center of the body.

First Chakra - The Root chakra is located at the genitals on the front of the body, and the base of the spine, the coccyx or tailbone of the back. The center is the sexual/genital area, the gateway of birth and the  reproductive organs.

Second Chakra - The Belly chakra is frontally located in the lower abdomen, between the root chakra and the navel. The chakra is rooted in the spinal column at the first lumbar vertebra, and it corresponds to the ovaries in women ant spleen in men.

Third Chakra - The Solar Plexus chakra is located just above the navel below the center breast bone. It’s spinal location is at the eighth thoracic vertebra. This chakra corresponds to the adrenals, pancreas, and stomach.

Fourth Chakra - The Heart chakra is located between the breasts, in the center of the breastbone; at the back its location is the first thoracic vertebra between and below the shoulder blades. This chakra corresponds with the Thymus, Heart, and Circulation.

Fifth Chakra - The Throat chakra is located in the front at the base of the neck, at the hollow of the collarbone, with its spiral rooted in the third cervical vertebras at the back, the spine at the base of the skull. This chakra corresponds to the Thyroid, Lungs, Ears, Nose and Throat.

Sixth Chakra - The Third Eye chakra is frontally just above and between the physical eyes, and at the first cervical vertebra of the spine at the back.  This chakra corresponds to the eyes and pituitary gland.

Seventh Chakra - The Crown chakra physical front and back location is at the top of the head, slightly to the back. This chakra corresponds to the pineal and pituitary gland.

Zen Meditation

In zazen, we focus on the breath. The breath is life. The word "spirit" means breath. The words "ki" in Japanese and "chi" in Chinese mean, power or energy; both derive from breath. Breath is the vital force; it's the central activity of our bodies. Mind and breath influence each other. When your mind is agitated your breath is agitated.  When you're nervous you breathe quickly and shallowly. When your mind is at rest the breath is deep, easy, and effortless.

It is important to center your attention in the hara. The hara is a place within the body, located two inches below the navel. It's the physical and spiritual center of the body. Put your attention and your mind there. As you develop your zazen, you'll become more aware of the hara as the center that connects the body and spirit. 

In order to practice good zazen one has to have good posture, breathing, and ability to silence the mind. Good posture comes when you practice it every day of your life, but most people do not notice their posture. Most people have damage to their nervous system, the pain that alerts you from being in bad posture is the nervous system not functioning. Breathing is a physiological activity that will balance the two nervous systems in our body called Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous systems. It will nurture your body and brain with oxygen and get rid of wasteful by-products of the body such as carbon dioxide. The ability to silence your mind is a very difficult task in this modern day. Everything is multi-tasking: at work, driving, parenting, and even your personal hobbies. In order to practice good zazen, the nervous system has to be nurtured and taken care of with no interference or any blockage of Chi. Chiropractic, Yoga, and Qi Gong helps remove blockages and restore optimum flow.

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