Qigong (qìgōng) is an ancient Chinese art of body self-regulation.
Qi is vital energy, which is considered as the basis for the existence of the human body. It is used to maintain mental and physical health, as well as the development of a person as an individual, and contributes to spiritual awakening, the liberation of consciousness and understanding of the true human nature. Gong – skill, strength, power, as well as achievements and results.
There are many forms of qigong and one of them is medical qigong. This type of qigong was created by healers who developed special exercises to improve the circulation of qi (energy) in specific channels (meridians) to cure diseases. The purpose of medical qigong is to prevent and cure diseases and to promote the overall health.
According to Taoist practices physical health is considered to be the first step on the spiritual path. At the first stage, the practitioner prepares the body as a vessel for the spirit and soul, cleanses it, opens the channels through which the vital energy qi flows. One of the practices of healing medical qigong is Xing Shen Juan. Xing Shen Juan is a system of exercises, or a form, as it is commonly called, of the initial level of qigong. This health-improving gymnastics affects all body structures through proper relaxation. Its goal is to form a correct physical and energy structure by creating a healthy posture, a healthy spine in a healthy body.
One of the benefits of Xing Shen Juan is that it does not require prior physical training. The Xing Shen Juan form, developed 800 years ago, consists of ten exercises, each of which works with a specific area of the spine and an energy point in that area. The exercises are arranged in an exact sequence which represents the secret of this practice efficiency.
The specific sequence of exercises not only restructures the body and brings relaxation, but also brings the mind and emotions into a calm, balanced state, leading to emotional stability.