Practice of qigong can relieve stress
You’ve probably never heard of qigong, but practitioners of the ancient Chinese practice say everybody can benefit from it.
“It’s specifically good for athletes and people who are expending a lot of energy,” says Rodney Owen, owner of Insight Taiji and Qigong Center of High Point.
“But it’s also good for elderly people, because it’s easy to do. It’s good for martial artists and people who are in the healing business, because healers use a lot of energy, and this is a way to rebuild that energy. Ultimately, anybody and everybody can benefit from this if you practice it and take it seriously.”
Owen has been leading a series of free, one-hour qigong (pronounced “chee-gong”) classes in conjunction with the Center for Holistic Healing. The next class will be Saturday morning at Festival Park on Oak Hollow Lake.
According to Owen, once you’ve learned the proper technique, qigong — which he describes as “self-nurturing energy work” — is something you can do on your own, much like yoga.
“There are static and dynamic practices,” Owen explains. “Static practices are meditative — standing, lying and sitting meditation, or holding postures. Then there’s dynamic movement, which is basically relaxed, gentle movement with the feet and hands. The general intention of the movement is to induce energy movement in the body — it’s the gathering, nurturing and generating of energy.”
Qigong is a natural form of healing and is particularly effective in eliminating stress, Owen says.
“It’s definitely stress-reducing,” he says.
“We have a lot of unhealthy things in our environment — stress, the food we eat, the air we breathe, current events. All of these things are unhealthy, even though they’re not necessarily immediately dangerous. Qigong is a counter to all these external things in life that aren’t so healthy.”
For anyone interested in attending Saturday’s class, Owen recommends wearing loose-fitting clothing for comfort, though he says he often practices qigong in his work clothes.
“There’s nothing extra-strenuous about it,” he says.
“The thing about qigong is that it’s not well-known in the United States. We know a lot about tai chi and yoga and running and biking, but qigong is just as beneficial and much easier. It’s very approachable.”
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The Center for Holistic Healing, in conjunction with Insight Taiji and Qigong Center, will offer a free qigong class Saturday, from 9 to 10 a.m., at Festival Park on Oak Hollow Lake.
The class will be led by Rodney Owen of Insight Taiji.
In the event of rain, the class will be held at the Center for Holistic Healing, 1623 York Ave., Suite 103.
For more information, call the Center for Holistic Healing at 841-4307.