qigong (cheekung)
people in the hectic world of today often tend to use their heads to much and therefore easily loose their balance and grounding. in long terms this may lead to various health problems like stomach diseases, high blood pressure and other so called stress symptoms. eastern philosophies and medical systems offer good cures for those kind of problems.

what does qigong mean?
qi -->energy
gong -->work
qigong-->work on energy or work with energy

what kind of energy?
the chinese medical system assumes that the human body consists not only of the physical body but also the energetic body. that there is vital life energy flowing within the body, named qi. this qi is connected to an all surrounding energetic system or flow. this surrounding energy is also called qi. under ideal conditions, our energetic system is in balance with constant flow of the qi. this flow takes place in lines and circles that go all through our body. they are called meridians. along the meridians there are certain points where the energy comes to the surface and can be connected to the surrounding qi. these points are quite well known as acupuncture points.
regarding to the chinese system, energetic misbalance is leading to diseases of the physical body. through stimulation of the acupuncture points we can regain the balance and therefore cure the disease.

what is qigong?
a system of exercises to stimulate the flow of vital energy in the body. it is part of the traditional chinese medicine that consists of 3 main fields:
a) acupuncture b)herbal medicine c)health exercises -->qigong

the acupuncture points and the flow of the vital energy can be stimulated either by acupuncture treatment or by qigong exercises or both.

how is it done then?
qigong works with the combination of slow movements, breathing and imagination and can be described as a meditation in movement. it emphasises on a stable grounding and connection to the earth. 1 movement or a set of combined movements is done repetitively.
there are 2 main principles: stillness in movement and movement in stillness
-movement in stillness:
even a stone or rock is moved and formed within ages. even if you stand still or sleep, there is movement inside taking place. breath, heartbeat, blood flow.
-stillness in movement:
is the central goal of the qigong exercises. soft movements that follow the breath and constant awareness of the body lead to stillness of the mind.

benefits
qigong exercises are beneficial for the general health as they are stimulating the immunic system. they are an excellent method to learn about body awareness and concentration.
all this effects can only be accomplished by exercising frequently over a long period of time. therefore qigong is also training your willpower and endurance.

qigong can be seen as an holistic method to maintain the health of your body and mind. it requires only about 30 minutes of daily praxis and increases life quality. there is no magic about it.
it is practiced worldwide by about 200 million
people (mostl of them chinese, of course).