Qi gong is a 5,000 years old art that focuses on healing and strengthening the whole body. Through gentle stretches, turns and movements, it exercises parts of the body which are underutilized in daily life and other exercise regimens.
It has its origins in China where over the centuries, a diverse spectrum of Qi Gong forms developed in different segments of Chinese society. Traditionally, Qi Gong training has been esoteric and secretive, with knowledge passed from adept master to student in a lineage that maintains their own interpretation and methods.
In more recent years, the emphasis of Qi Gong practice has shifted away from traditional philosophy and increasingly focused on health benefits, medicine and martial arts.
Qi Gong practice has been applied to assist in the treatment of a wide range of medical conditions: hypertension, cancer, PTSD, Parkinson's Disease, balance training. Qi Gong may also be used to supplement exercise regimens, in order to help the body heal after a strenuous work out. The focus on breathing and the slow movements aid in lowering the acidity of the blood, thus speeding the healing process.