One of the hidden jewels of traditional ancient medicine involves various systems of breathing and postures; while experts on this practice may also apply their trainings to heal other people. This enthralling technique slowly gains popularity among menopausal women, as many people who engaged in it proved to have lesser symptoms and better quality of life. This practice is called, Qigong (or Qi gong, Chi Kung).
What is Qigong?
Qigong is made up of two words, “Qi” (pronounced as chee) and “Gong” (pronounced as Kung). Qi means the life force or the vital energy that flows through all the living, while Gong means accomplishment or work. Together it means cultivating energy and maintaining its balance.
With ancient traditional roots that have been cultivated 4,000 years ago, Qigong has been redefined and redeveloped by adept masters and students. The style of Qigong is a combination of physical postures, mental focus and breathing techniques. The styles vary depending on its aim: martial arts, medicinal or for spirituality.
Some Qigong practices are done to increase Qi, restore it, circulate, release to help others, or use it to cleanse the mind and the body. Styles differ from soft flow of moves like in Tai Chi to vigorous actions like in Kung Fu.
Unlike other exercises Qigong involves uplifting of awareness to a higher realm in able to awaken one’s “true nature” and philosophy of the meridian points used in acupuncture. Through Qigong rhythmic movements, stress is reduced, stamina is strengthened, vitality is increased, the body is rebalanced, and the organs are improved, therefore also increasing the immune system.
The practice of Qigong is vast, and its aim to reconnect the body, mind and soul could benefit everyone: from children to senior citizens. And controlled studies have proved its potential benefits to diseases and illnesses such as asthma, cancer, depression, fibromyalgia (unexplained pain of joints and muscles), Parkinson's disease, Post-menstrual syndrome, menopause symptoms and a lot more.
Qigong for Menopause
Several researches have claimed that women could successfully manage symptoms of menopause through mind-body techniques like Qigong. One of them is the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health that stated Qigong could reduce the intensity of signs and their frequency such as hot flashes, sleep disturbances, moodiness, stress, muscles and joint pains. It is because these types of practices could bring back hormonal balance in the body, while also initiating harmony of the mind, body and spirit. Through enhancing the capabilities of the human body, slowing down the aging process, and balancing the energy of Qi, prompts to ultimate wellness that consequence to a youthful vitality and quick recovery from illnesses.
Your Help to Qigong, Deborah Davis
Deborah Davis is a devoted wellness enthusiast who enhanced her expertise by engaging to various forms of alternative healing. She became aware of her psychic capabilities when she was a child and had reoccurring prophetic dreams. That led her to study energy therapies and shamanic healing. For the past 25 years, she has studied herbal medicine, hypnotherapy, massage acupuncture, and psychic readings.
Aside from her B.A. in Ethnobotany, she has received accreditations from Medical Board of the State of California, the National Commission of Certification of Acupuncturists and the Oregon Board of Examiners as a licensed acupuncturist and an expert in herbal medicine. She achieved her Masters from Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine, and is a certified Clinical Hypnotherapist by Transpersonal Institute of Hypnotherapy in Los Angeles.
Her knowledge of Medical Qigong began in 1990 under the teachings of Dr. Wang, a Chinese surgeon/pathologist and Buddhist Qigong master. Dr. Wang shared his Qigong protocols to Deborah for over 40 illnesses and imbalances.
As part of Deborah’s apprenticeship in Qigong, she practiced her skills with Dr. Wang in their Qigong clinic in California. There, she witnessed terminally ill cancer patients turn into remission. Deborah also studied with shamans from around the world and continues to deepen her knowledge about ethnic healing and herbal medicine.
Deborah specializes in Women’s medical Qigong and wrote the book, “Women's Qigong for Health and Longevity: A Practical Guide for Women Forty and Older” as well as produced a DVD titled, “The Spirit of Qi Gong: Chinese Exercises for Longevity”. She currently practices private workshops for Intuitive Self Healing through Qigong in Ashland, Oregon and travels the world to teach Women’s Qigong.
The Spirit of Qi Gong DVD is an inspiring introduction to China's ancient art of self-healing and is filmed in natural tranquil surroundings to reflect the healing qualities of the Chinese 5 Elements in Nature. This DVD teaches gentle movements, similar to Tai Chi, combined with deep breathing and healing sounds to improve health and longevity. With as little as 15 minutes a day, viewers report better sleep, reduced stress, increased energy and revitalized sex lives. It's easier to learn than yoga or Tai Chi and is suitable for all fitness levels. This 62 minute DVD includes instruction in Qigong breathing, warm-up exercises, and Qigong for specific organs and meridian systems, Healing Sounds to detoxify and regulate the organs and Emotional healing for each element.
Let Deborah Introduce You To Qigong (3.23 min long)
Your Help to Qigong with Lisa B. O'Shea
Lisa B. O'Shea is a certified Qigong Healer and Instructor, and the founder of the Qi Gong Institute of Rochester. Her passion for teaching Qigong began around 1992 when she engaged in taking local classes of Tai Chi/Qigong that made her asthma disappear after 6 months of practice. Prior to that she grew up around her family who are experts in western medicine. Her father and grandparents were physicians, so she was very drawn to the fields of science and math, and graduated at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1986 with a BS in Chemical Engineering.
After working for a couple of big companies like Kimberly Clark and then Mobil Chemical, she felt she needed for a change so she started studying Reiki and Hypnotherapy in 1988. In 1992 she also began a teaching degree at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. Due to stress of hectic work schedules, she thought of participating in a local Tai Chi and Qigong classes that led her to uncover her devotion for Qigong. Going to her weekly Qigong classes changed the direction of her sail.
In 1995, she became a Certified Qigong Healer through the Chinese Healing Arts Center with Master T.K. Shih. A year after, in 1998 she established the Qi Gong Institute of Rochester, where she offers a range of classes in Qigong, Qi Healing, Meditation, Tai Chi and Nutrition as well as certification in Qigong Therapy.
Lisa did not stop there and continued honing her Qigong skills. In 2003, she has received an instructor certification through Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, and acknowledged a full certification as Qigong Master on Nov. 5, 2012.
Between years she has developed two original Qigong forms: The Rising Lotus Medical Qigong that she learned in 2001, and Healthy Balance Qigong in 2012.
The Rising Lotus form involves smooth spinal movements, visualizations and breathing to improve wellness and clear out blockages that hinder it. While Healthy Balance Qigong a completion of the 18 years of teaching experience that leads to a powerful ability to eliminate blockages and brings profound healing to the body.
Lisa also studied with Master Hong Liu in Los Angeles, CA, in 2002 where she was enlightened about powerful meditations and healer techniques. In 2007 she has received an Instructor Certification for Shiba Luohan Gong with Dr. Jay Dunbar at his Magic Tortoise Taijiquan School in Chapel Hill, NC.
In able to help more people and body workers, Lisa applied and has received an Approved Provider status (#451188-09) from National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB), and now authorized to continue her teachings at her weekend seminars.
If you would like to try doing Qigong with Lisa she has produced two DVDs. Qigong for Healing (Beginner friendly) and Qigong for Women.
Lisa B. O'Shea teaches you how to understand the different aspects of your body's energy, how to discover problems in your circulation, and qigong exercises to help you improve your health.
Listen to Lisa B. O'Shea about her Qigong DVD for Women (4.07 min long)