Benefits of Qigong Relaxation Exercises

Just 15 Minutes of Gentle Exercises

3 days a week will change your life forever!

Be Happier! Feel Good

Slows the aging process. Look 10 years younger.

Helps you sleep through the night.

Improves Memory. Stops thoughts swirling in your head.

Regain movement in your joints. Helps arthritis.

Prevents falls by improving balance

Stay in your home longer

Manage anxiety, worry, frustration, and anger

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If it’s so amazing, why haven’t I heard about Qigong ?

Oprah and Dr Oz are talking about it.

Harvard Medical School, Mayo Clinic, and Cleveland Clinic physicians are recommending it.

People in Asia have been using qigong and tai chi
for health and wellness for over 2,000 years.
The western world is just discovering its powerful effects.

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Here’s what the experts are saying:

Qigong is An Effective Technique for Easing the Harmful Effects of Stress

Physicians at Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic and Harvard Medical School recommend tai chi, qigong and other relaxation techniques. Stress has been linked with such physical problems as heart attack, stroke, gastrointestinal problems and asthma, as well as emotional problems like depression, anxiety and an inability to enjoy life.

Stress can affect digestion and metabolism (insulin resistance) leading to weight gain and diabetes, immune system for lowered disease resistance and slower tissue repair and healing, and reproduction system leading to infertility and erectile dysfunction.

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Research has shown the use of Qigong Relaxation Exercises to improve:


Cancer
Arthritis Low back pain

Chronic pain High blood pressure Digestive issues

Heart disease
Auto-immune diseases Asthma

Fibromyalgia Most other chronic diseases Diabetes

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Qigong Stimulates the Relaxation Response

It can “reverse the cumulative effects of stress on the body”.

“The relaxation response alters the expression of genes involved with processes such as inflammation, programmed cell death and how the body handles free radicals – molecules produced by normal metabolism that, if not appropriately neutralized, can damage cells and tissues.”

says Dr. Herbert Benson, Mind/Body Medical Institute, Harvard Medical School.

The relaxation response stops the stress response and starts the healing process. It is the body’s natural antidote for stress. We need to relearn how to use it effectively.

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Qigong can slow the aging process!

Are you worried about staying young? America’s Doctor, Dr. Oz, says 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 be healthy and live to 100, do Qigong.”  Check out the video here.

Stress induced disease and debilitation is not part of the natural aging process. We can stay flexible in our minds and bodies as we age!

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National Council on Aging says…

“Two ancient Chinese wellness exercises—Qigong and Tai Chi—could help you live a longer and healthier life. Recent studies have demonstrated their effectiveness in preventing falls and chronic disease, improving overall well-being and reducing negative drug interactions.” Stay In Your Home Longer.

NCOA March/April 2006 Newsletter

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Here’s what some of our students are saying:

Why it works

Many of the relaxation techniques used in this program come from Qigong, a Chinese health care system for promoting health and healing. Qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. For over 2,000 years these highly effective techniques have been perfected and proven successful. Tai chi is the most well known form of qigong but there are over 10,000 different forms or exercises.  They stimulate the relaxation response in the body, reversing the impact of stress, and maximizing the body’s ability natural ability to heal. They are just what we need now to help us manage our stress response and it’s impact on our body and chronic disease.

Qigong is a highly effective health care practice for self healing. Many health care professionals recommend Qigong as an important form of alternative complementary medicine. Harvard Medical School, Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, National Council on Aging, and others are all recommending qigong. There is a growing body of research on the benefits of qigong and tai chi for a wide range of chronic diseases. It is good for almost all chronic diseases and reversing the aging process.
Other more traditional exercises do not involve the meridian (energy) system used in acupuncture nor do they emphasize the importance of adding mind intent and breathing techniques to physical movements. When these dimensions are added, the benefits of exercise increase exponentially.

The gentle, rhythmic movements of Qigong:

  • reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality, and enhance the immune system.
  • improve cardiovascular, respiratory, circulation, lymph and digestive functions.
  • Western scientific research confirms that Qigong reduces hypertension and the incidence of falling in the aged population. Research for other medical conditions is ongoing.

Benefits of a consistent practice:

  • regain a youthful vitality,
  • maintain health even into old age,
  • helps speed recovery from illness.
  • reestablishes the body/mind/spirit connection.

People do Qigong to maintain health, heal their bodies, calm their minds, and reconnect with their spirit. When these three aspects of our being are integrated, it encourages a positive outlook on life and helps eliminate harmful attitudes and behaviors. It also creates a balanced life style, which brings greater harmony, stability, and enjoyment.
Qigong’s great appeal is that everyone can benefit, regardless of ability, age, belief system or life circumstances. (National Qigong Association www.nqa.org)

For more information on the benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi, check out Harvard Women’s Health Watch.