By Marc A. Gomez, L.Ac., Dipl.O.M., Dipl.C.H.
Chi gong in some form has existed since the
dawn of life. Just watch the gentle, natural
movements a child makes after waking up in the
morning. Or watch an animal stretch and move
as it wakes up. These are spontaneous, natural
movements that we all do when we are young,
and they are the basis of movements that have
been enhanced and refined over thousands of
years to create a practice called chi gong or
energy mastery. Tai chi, also a chi gong practice,
was developed by combining kung fu and chi
gong with the principles of the I Ching: The
Book of Changes.*
Deep observations of nature and wildlife as
well as the natural rhythms of the universe have
contributed to evolving and refining chi gong
over the years. In the search for immortality and
the ability to harmonize human energy with
universal energy, the ancient Chinese masters
also made discoveries that have played an important
role in improving the practice of chi gong.
Among its many benefits, chi gong enhances
awareness, helps to develop internal strength
and intuition, opens up and balances the energy
channels of the body, increases feelings of serenity,
and helps to build and balance the immune system
as well as strengthen the digestive system.
People today practice chi gong for health, longevity,
stress relief, energy enhancement, and for the
improvement of martial arts skills. Others practice
chi gong as a way to self-discovery, a form of
ancient cosmology, and for spiritual development.
Here at the Tao of Wellness, we have seen chi
gong help with innumerable health conditions,
from calming the nervous system, replenishing
the adrenals and relieving stress to fertility
enhancement and heightened mental cognition.
If you are interested in purchasing the I Ching: The
Book of Changes,