Qigong

[English description below]

Tisdagar kl 7-8, start 18/9. 550:-/6ggr klippkort eller drop-in 100:-. Prova på första gång, 50:-.

Har du aldrig prövat den här typen av träning förut kommer du att bli överraskad över hur enkla och sköna rörelserna är. De långsamma flytande rörelserna gör att du slappnar av mentalt, andningen blir lugnare, djupare och cirkulationen kommer igång i hela kroppen. Metoden lämpar sig utmärkt för dig som vill få mer energi, förbättra hälsan samt förebygga och lindra sjukdomar. Qigong utgör grunden för bland annat akupunktur och Traditionell Kinesisk Medicin.


Qigong kommer från Kina och kallas “kinesisk yoga” ibland. Det finns historiker som tror att qigong är äldre än tio tusen år. Det vi vet med säkerhet är att Den Gule Kejsarens Klassiker i Invärtes Medicin skrevs för ca 2500 år sedan och att det är det äldsta nedtecknade verket vi idag känner till om qigong. Boken används än idag vid utbildningen i Traditionell Kinesisk Medicin och i innehållet finner man den ofta citerade frasen: “Den visa läkaren botar sjukdomar innan de har brutit ut”.

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Qigong course in the fall: Tuesdays, 7-8am, starts 18/9. 800:- for 8 classes or 120:- drop-in. Try it out on Kulturnatten, 9/8 at 1pm, ShenDao Hälsocenter, Vretgränd 16, cost is 50:-.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, qi is the life force that permeates the cosmos and all life on Earth. Qigong is a physical means of directing the flow of qi into and throughout the body, but it is more than just a physical exercise. Since “qi” means “vital energy” and “gong” refers to “work” or “practice,” Qigong can be defined as “vital energy work.” The development of Qigong exercises began in China over 5000 years ago, and the practice of Qigong is much needed in modern day society, as it can help to bring about a sense of balance and vitality in one’s whole being, in spite of the demands of modern living. Practicing Qigong exercises is also a way for people to empower themselves to be stewards of their own health and well-being. Millions of people practice Qigong daily to increase levels of energy, reduce stress and improve overall health.

Qigong integrates the Chinese philosophies of Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and the five element theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). In these philosophies, form, energy, and mind are all integral to our experience of life. Qigong connects the mind, energy, and form of the individual to the mind, energy, and form of the cosmos, which helps people to improve the flow of energy in their bodies. Qigong is a branch of TCM but in contrast to acupuncture, individuals can practice Qigong in community centers, outside in nature, or even at home.

Some of the most common Qigong exercises include the eight-piece brocades, the six healing sounds, the tendon transforming classic (Yin Jin Ching), and the five animal frolics. By practicing these exercises daily, people care for themselves by clearing out the negative effects of stress, including stagnations of energy, and nourishing positive healing energy in the body and mind.

In recent years, researchers have tested the efficacy of Qigong as an aid in the prevention of health conditions and also as a therapeutic intervention. Researchers have found that regular Qigong practice had physical health or mental health benefits for the following groups: fibromyalgia patients (Haak & Scott, 2008), neck pain (Lansinger et al., 2007), cancer patients (Oh et al., 2008 & 2010), women with chronic fatigue symptoms (Craske et al., 2008), traumatic brain injury patients (Blake & Batson, 2009), tinnitus patients (Biesinger et al., 2010), people with elevated blood glucose (Liu et al., 2010), middle-aged women (Tsai et al., 2008), older adults (Lee et al., 2009; Rogers et al., 2009), hospital workers (Griffith et al., 2008), middle-school students (Terjestam et al., 2010), and computer operators (Skoglund & Jansson, 2007). Qigong practice has long been used in China as a method of reducing stress, increasing vitality, and improving overall health and these benefits are becoming more and more evident to researchers as well.

Erica teaches Qigong at ShenDao Hälsocenter.

Some of the many studies on Qigong finding health benefits of Qigong practice:

Jahnke, R. A., Larkey, L. K., & Rogers, C. (2010). Dissemination and benefits of a replicable Tai Chi and Qigong program for older adults. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 16(9), 939-44.

Lee, H. J., Park, H. J., Chae, Y., Kim, S. Y., Kim, S. N., Kim., S. T. et al. (2009). Tai Chi Qigong for the quality of life of patients with knee osteoarthritis: A pilot, randomized, waiting list controlled trial. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, 41(9), 761-7.

Lee, M. S., Pittler, M. H., & Ernst, E. (2007). External qigong for pain conditions: A systematic review of randomized clinical trials. Acta Oncol., 46(6), 717-22.

Lee, M. S., Pittler, M. H., Guo, R., & Ernst, E. (2007). Qigong for hypertension: A systematic review of randomized clinical trials. Journal of Pain, 8(11), 827-31.

Rogers, C. E., Larkey, L. K., Keller, C. (2009). A review of clinical trials of tai chi and qigong in older adults. Clinical Rehabilitation, 7, 589-98.

von Trott, P. Wiedemann, A. M., Ludtke, R. Reishauer, A., Willich, S. N., Witt, C. M. (2009). Qigong and exercise therapy for elderly patients with chronic neck pain (QIBANE): A randomized controlled study. International Journal of Neuroscience, 119(4), 583-52.

Yang, Y., Verkuilen, J. V., Rosengren, K. S., Grubisich, S. A., Reed, M. R., Hsiao-Wecksler, E. T. (2007). Effect of combined Taiji and Qigong training on balance mechanisms: A randomized controlled trial of older adults. American Journal of Chinese Medicine, 35(4), 597-607.

Yang, Y., Verkuilen, J. V., Rosengren, K. S., Mariani, R. A., Reed, M., & Grubisich, S. A. et al. (2008). Effects of a Taiji and Qigong intervention on the antibody response to influenza vaccine in older adults. Disability Rehabilitation, 30(8), 625-33.

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