While in the United States we would refer to qigong as alternative or complementary therapy, in China, their traditional medicine is acupuncture, herbs and qigong. Qigong exercise is considered a therapy or healing practice because of the use of healing postures, movement, self massage, breathing techniques and meditation to help heal the body and prevent disease. The health benefits of qigong are quite extensive as it improves balance and coordination and increases flexibility and strength. Many people find that the exercise dramatically improves their posture and range of motion. Qigong is gentle exercise, there are no rapid harsh movements. The phrase "no pain, no gain" would never be used in referring to qigong practice. The meditational quality of the exercise promotes relaxation and mindfulness. I think if you join me, you will find that qigong relaxes the mind, strengthens the body and uplifts the spirit.
I am currently working on finding places in Chestertown and Betterton, MD and the surrounding area to teach. I will be teaching
the Eight Pieces of Brocade. In 2002, I completed a 2 year, 200 hour certification program. My teacher was Frances Gander of Sykesville, MD and her teacher was Grandmaster Chain Ho Yin of Milwaukee, WI. If you are interested, please visit my site again soon and look under "classes" for what is available. Thank you.