Movement can be both entertainment and good medicine

I recently went to a wonderful acrobatics show.

It was really amazing to watch the strength, co-ordination, timing, precision and trust in each other that the performers displayed. Every movement left me in awe. I could only imagine the time, focus and dedication they had all put into the performance to get that good.

I love movement as entertainment. I am glued to the screen when I watch dancers who excel on competitive TV programs or witness the skill of Olympian skaters and gymnasts.

But as a physiotherapist and a health coach,  I love movement not only as entertainment, but also as medicine.

Indeed, I’m a huge advocate of Qigong.

For the last eight years, it’s been part of my own exercise routine and treatment for clients, and is now an important  component of my Partners in Pain Relief program.

Qi (pronounced chee) means life energy. Gong (pronounced gung) means work/practice. So Qigong means “working with the energy of life.”

Qigong is a moving meditation that combines  movement, mindfulness, breath and intention. I always ask my clients how they intend to use the extra energy. They direct the energy to their healing, to decrease pain and to have the strength and vitality to do  activities they otherwise find so difficult to get up the stamina for.

Qigong is a great practice for people at all fitness levels. It can be done sitting or standing, and can easily be adapted to accommodate any movement limitations.

My clients and I are not the only ones who love Qigong.

Mehmet Oz, known as Dr. Oz, has said that the ancient Chinese technique of Qigong is a great way tap into our natural energy and, in turn, combat the aging process.  “If you want to live to be 100, do Qigong!” he has advised.

“The magical property of Qigong is its ability to help you deal with the kind of stress that makes us age,” adds Michael Roizen, chief wellness officer for the Cleveland Clinic states. “Qigong helps slow aging at the cellular level.”

If you’re interested in learning more about Qigong or The Rose Remedy’s Partners in Pain Relief program, please book a 15-minute, no-obligation consultation here.

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