Qigong means "movement of energy." It is a popular Chinese practice that combines mental concentration, breathing exercises, and simple physical movements to increase the flow of energy in the body.
According to Chinese medicine philosophy, illness results from congestion and stagnation, and anything that creates movement, relieves congestion, and removes stagnation will be beneficial to health. When energy or qi flows freely and evenly through the body, healing can take place.
Qigong is used to manage stress, relieve muscle tension, increase circulation, and improve sleep. Practice it in the morning to help you wake up and greet the new day, in the middle of a busy day to help you regain your focus and concentration for tasks at hand, or after a long day to help you unwind and relax.
The practice of qigong can have many forms. The following exercise is a basic technique appropriate for all ages and skill levels: