From Heart of Xinli, the Acupuncturist
I believe that making a permanent lifestyle change is the only way to achieve optimal health. Chinese Tai Chi/Qi Gong is a very good start point. It can be integrated into your busy schedule, to increase your stamina & flexibility, enhance your immune system and boost your body’s healing power and most importantly, open your sense to your own energy body, observe your Qi, honor it and cultivate it. As a result, you become the real master of your health. The chronic condition no matter it is in musculo-skeletal or internal organ systems can be managed and controlled. Look at the animals in the front page slider. Aren’t they lovely full of energy and grace? They are the 5 animals represented in a famous Chinese wellness cultivation Qi Gong — Five Animal Frolics invented by a legendary Chinese doctor almost 2000 years ago, who was murdered by the empera but his two disciples enjoyed over 100 years of longevity. The Qi Gong is still popular in China and around the world and has modern science proven benefits to health both in physiological level and emotional level. Ones’ attitude toward their health conditions is really critical in the healing process. You lose half the battle in the beginning if you feel pessimistic and no hope. I strongly believe that a good community where people support each other, having fun together, cultivate Qi together and Learn basic philosophies of Chinese medicine together is a very good thing and important to me and my patients. Now you know why my clinic is called AcuSpace Health Club/Clinic. In my heart, self healing is the way and acupuncture and oriental medicine is there to aid.
I am teaching Tai Chi/Qi Gong in Rainier Taiji Foundation, and give seminars on health benefits of it.
Health Qi Gong Ba Duan Jin (Eight Brocades) ，Liu Zi Jue (Six Healhing Sounds) and Da Wu ( Grand Dance) – A class I teach in Rainier Taiji Foundation
What is Qi Gong?
Qi Gong （also called dao yin) is Tai Chi like exercises that engage in breathing exercises and slow body movements. It is slow because our breathing is slow, and our brain can better track what is going on inside the body while we are moving. It is slow because our fascia system and tiny joint systems can be better engaged when we move slow to the right place in the range of motion that we usually do not go when we move fast. We can say it is mindful exercises of our body, our breath and our mind.
Meditation is Qi Gong in a broader sense but in this class we move.
What is Ba Duan Jin Qi Gong?
Qi Gong has 5000 years of history in China backed by archaeological findings. Ba Duan Jin ( Eight Brocades) was commented and recorded in writing during 1130-1200 and may have earlier forming process. It was soaked in Chinese health maintenance philosophy and Chinese medical wisdom. During class, the Chinese medical thinking behind the moves will be shared. It is not only good for musculo-skeleton system but more for internal organ systems. In ancient China, it was exercised as a way to maintain good health and achieve longevity. It is also practiced by many martial artists as a foundation.
Numerous research papers (in Chinese) are published in recent years on benefit of practicing Ba Duan Jin, researches were conducted in high schools and colleges, senior houses, rehabilitation centers, hospitals and in general public. You can use google translation to know what they are talking about.
- Ba Duan Jin exercises sinews and tendons and good for recovering cervicalgia and upper body muscle tension/pain: 周勇;李程秀;张佳楠;张珂;八段锦锻炼对大学生颈椎病患者的康复影响[J];辽宁体育科技;2011年06期
- Ba Duan Jin for Type 2 Diabetes:
Ba Duan Jin for general tiredness in people of sub-optimal Health condition: 习练八段锦对疲劳性亚健康人群中医症状改善作用的队列研究 《北京中医药大学学报(中医临床版)》 2013年 第06期
Ba Duan Jin for people with abnormal blood fat level: 小青;曾云贵;杨柏龙;王安利;健身气功·八段锦对中老年人血脂的影响[J];北京体育大学学报;2007年06期;
- Ba Duan Jin for senior people ‘s heart and lung system: 八段锦运动负荷对老年人心肺功能影响的研究 《新中医》 2008年01期;
- Ba Duan Jin helps recovery from coronary heart disease. 史丽英;传统八段锦在冠心病护理中的应用[J];中国社区医师(医学专业);2013年02期
Ba Duan Jin and Chinese medicine for rheumatic arthritis in seniors: 聂爱迪;吕正茂;谷亚玲;药物配合“八段锦”治疗老年性类风湿关节炎[J];中医学报;2012年10期
Ba Duan Jin for insomnia: 李兆伟;张梁;八段锦治疗大学生失眠症的研究[J];吉林体育学院学报;2009年01期
- Ba Duan Jin for menopause symptoms: 朱晓娜 韦启程 健身气功八段锦对更年期女性身体形态和机体自由基代谢及相关酶的影响研究 《现代预防医学》 2014年16期
- Ba Duan Jin for balancing ability:
- Ba Duan Jin and psychological health: 宋瑞雯;张丽萍;汤久慧;韩美佳;“健身气功八段锦”调节心身的研究现状[A];第四届中国中西医结合学会心身医学专业委员会换届大会暨第七届全国中西医结合心身医学学术交流会论文汇编[C];2013年
What is Liu Zi Jue Qi Gong?
This is mainly a powerful abdominal breathing exercises that generates specific vibrating sounds or ways of breathing that regulate our internal organ systems, our blood circulation system, and our mood. It was developed with Chinese medicine/acupuncture theory. Breathing as a way of exercise was dated back 5000 years ago. And mentioned more in BC, <<Dao De Jing>> (by Laozi ，老子在《道德经》第二十九章已有“故物或行或随，或嘘或吹”的记载) and Zhuangzi (庄子在《刻意篇》也有“吹呴呼吸，吐故纳新”). Formal 6 sounds were formalized around 500 DC by Hongjing Tao （陶宏景 《养性延命录》中：“纳气有一，吐气有六。纳气一者，谓吸也；吐气六者，谓吹、呼、嘻、呵、嘘、呬，皆出气也。……委曲治病，吹以去风，呼以去热，嘻以去烦，呵以下气，嘘以散滞，呬以解极。”）.
We will learn this set starting in the week of July 9th, 2016 and apply the breathing to Ba Duan Jin and future Qi Gong sets.
Here are several research papers talking about Liu Zi Jue Qi Gong:
- Liu Zi Jue for lung and cardiovascular system: 《吉林体育学院学报》 2007年02期 “健身气功·六字诀”对大学生心肺功能影响的研究 费宏程 金相奎 王红
- Liu Zi Jue for COPD: 《南京中医药大学》 2015年 冬病夏治穴位贴敷配合“六字诀”功法训练对COPD稳定期肺肾气虚型患者的康复效果研究 郑萤萤 硕士论文
- Liu Zi Jue for regulating endocrine systems: 《第五次全国中西医结合养生学与康复医学学术研讨会论文集》2006年 健身气功·六字诀对绝经期女性E2、T、HGH和β-EP的作用凃人顺 张国玺
- Liu Zi Jue for regulating autonomic nervous system: 《山东师范大学》 2011年 完全呼吸及健身气功·六字诀锻炼对心血管自主神经调节功能的影响 曹丽凤
- Liu Zi Jue for general health and anti-aging (testimony):
- Liu Zi Jue for multiple chronicle diseases (testimony): 《气功杂志》 1998年07期 练六字诀治病心得 蒋灵工
Introduction of Liu Zi Jue: 浅谈健身气功·六字诀 辽宁中医药大学 李岳
- Introduction of Liu Zi Jue: 张明亮：如何练好健身气功·六字诀
- Introduction of Liu Zi Jue: 张明亮，马玲：健身气功•六字诀养生的有关问题
What extra things will be offered in class?
Ba Duan Jin is a well balanced exercise system. It exercises both musculo-skeleton system and internal organ system. If students in class has minor symptoms, I will add more qi gong exercises to enhance the exercise effect. For example, many modern people suffer from neck and shoulder pain. I will introduce more exercises for that. I encourage students discussing with me so I can modify the class content to cater different needs.
There will be group interactive exercises that are fun, beneficial and difficult to do by ourselves.
Health is not measured by how high you jump, how fast you run or how strong your muscles are, it is measured by how healthy your organ systems are, how healthy your blood vessels are, how peaceful and stress free you are. That inner smile is part of definition of health.
Let us start practicing this gentle yet powerful exercise.
Call 425-200-5103 or email to get details.