For those who do practice qigong diligently, the results can be life-changing. With their permission, today I will relate some of the experiences of those who practised as required, enjoyed their qigong sessions, and reaped the maximum benefits.
FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
Olga is a 43 year-old Russian expatriate now living in Kuala Lumpur. She had practised yoga earlier, but after discovering qigong, she found that qigong is better and more exciting. According to her, although both help to quiet the thoughts and focus the mind, qigong brings more balance to her body and mind with its movements and breathing.
Since she is a “mobile” person, she does not enjoy static exercises or postures, but loves the gentle and smooth qigong movements, which she describes as “movement meditation”. When she concentrates on these gentle and relaxing movements, her mind becomes calm and relaxed as well.
Being a person who takes care of her health, she also goes to the gym regularly. Although she feels physically fit and refreshed after each gym session, it is only after qigong that she gets a total feeling of balance and relaxation in both mind and body. The benefits of the physical exercise and qigong are synergistic, and last longer.
In the beginning she found it difficult to do the qigong exercises, but with practice she is now able to do the exercises effortlessly, while feeling very relaxed. She finds qigong valuable to refresh whenever she feels weak or sleepy. Sometimes just doing qigong breathing exercises will do the trick.
She believes in the holistic approach to health. So she does aerobics, strength training, yoga and qigong. She is also trained in acupuncture.
She finds that practising qigong helps self-discipline and concentration. During qigong practice, her mind stops racing, and becomes quiet and relaxed. She would like to remind everyone that you should not wait until you are sick to learn qigong. Doing so while you are still healthy will give you a more relaxed and balanced life.
RECOVERY FROM SLIPPED DISC
Puan Banun is an events manager who led a very active lifestyle. She was a fitness and aerobics instructor, and was also involved in various sports and games.
She was therefore healthy, despite her hectic travel schedule and long working hours. Her only problem was insomnia.
Then things took a drastic turn when she had a slipped disc – which meant no more active exercises other than physiotherapy. She was also put on steroids which caused her to gain weight and become bloated. She was advised surgery, but refused.
Soon her body and joints became stiff and her movements became slow. She could not bend over to pick up any object from the floor. Her activities virtually stopped.
She tried many medications, many massage therapies, and even acupuncture, but nothing helped. Then she was introduced to qigong, but was skeptical because the slow movements seemed not much different from her physiotherapy exercises.
She decided to know more by attending a qigong seminar. During the practical sessions, she could not follow much due to her stiffness, but decided to give it a try. She attended qigong classes regularly after that, and after 2 weeks she noticed that her body was more relaxed and her movement range was improving. After two months, her flexibility had improved tremendously, and she could bend down to touch her toes and pick objects from the floor again.
Her sleeping problem has also disappeared, and her energy level and mental alertness are heightened. Although her appetite is good, her body is now burning more calories for energy and she has lost 8 kgs after 3 months of qigong. Now she has stopped taking the steroids and relies on qigong for her continued recovery. She would definitely recommend qigong to all those who want to improve their mobility and flexibility.
RECOVERY FROM MULTIPLE PROBLEMS
Mr Chan is 47 years old and works in the supply chain business. He works long hours, and has to travel a lot. He also leads an active lifestyle, being an avid golfer, scuba diver and outdoor sports enthusiast.
With all these activities, he always felt exhausted, and also paid the price in terms of health problems. He had surgery for slipped disc 17 years ago; is on medication for gout for the last 8 years; has urinary bladder problems requiring him to relieve himself 3-4 times every hour; and suffers from work-related stress, restlessness and insomnia.
Since medications could not cure him of these problems, he decided to try exercise. So he evaluated yoga, tai chi, aerobics and fitness training to find the one that is effective yet practical considering his heavy traveling schedule. He needed one that can be performed in the comfort of his home, hotel room, outstation, overseas, and without requiring any music or equipment.
Then he discovered qigong, and concluded that this is the most cost-effective exercise program for him. At first he had a healing crisis ( joint pains and stiffness worsened ), but after three months, the pains and inflammation are almost gone. He is less stressed, more relaxed, more alert and feels more energetic all day. His appetite, digestion and bowel movements are all better. Best of all, his bladder function is now normal.
He is thankful that he discovered qigong, and feels that there are many others out there who have similar problems like he did, and could benefit from qigong as well. If he had discovered qigong earlier, he probably would not have to suffer all this while, and could have probably avoided back surgery like Puan Banun.
QIGONG IS FOR ALL HEALTH PROBLEMS
In the many articles I have written, I have reiterated that qigong can help overall health, as well as help improve, reverse or even cure many specific health problems and diseases. The above three examples illustrate the value of qigong in promoting general health; in reversing a chronic problem that would have required surgery; and in reversing many simultaneous health problems in one person. There are many other testimonies and even scientific studies ( some of which I have reported, see www.superqigong.com ) about qigong being beneficial for a wide range of problems and diseases.
I have emphasized many times that consistent qigong practice, especially Guolin Qigong and the Amazing Qigong Walk, has proven to be effective against cancer, and that qigong has helped many suffering from all sorts of back, bone and joint problems, and neuro-muscular diseases.
Qigong is worth trying if you have any health problem. If you don’t, it is perfect to maintain your good health.
However, I do not know of anyone who has AIDS and practised qigong, and therefore cannot claim that qigong is beneficial for this problem. But since qigong, if practised correctly, always improves the energy level, it is reasonable to expect that it will at least help overcome the weakness that AIDS victims suffer.
From Shaolin to the Secret Treasures, to Slimming Dragon and Superqigong, you can choose from a wide range of enjoyable, beneficial qigong styles to improve your health. Qigong is indeed for everyone.
Now everyone can become healthy with qigong!