Tai chi and Qigong focuses on breath and movement. Breath and movement are life sustaining. When we become more aware of our breath and movement we can cultivate a greater sense of well-being. Slowing down our breath and movements can calm our minds, our nerves and center us more in the present moment.
Movement is important for good health. If an area is blocked, whether it is structurally or energetically blocked, that area can become stagnant. This leads to stuck Qi (life sustaining energy) which can inhibit blood and bodily fluids from circulating properly. This poor circulation whether it is in the spinal column or elsewhere can lead to issues such as calcium build up, plague in the vessels, or blocked Qi in the body, etc. That is why it is very necessary to make sure that our bodies are not blocked energetically or structurally. Then we can move better.
The catch 22 is that we don’t want to move or can’t move if the movements cause pain. For this reason it is important to find a competent healer to support your body to heal. During personal injuries I continue to do my tai chi and qigong because the breath and movements are slow and gentle. Practice time allows me time to check in with my body and see how my healing is progressing. Breath, movement and healing all work together.
I am filled with wonder, gratitude and awe for the journeys we travel and for the teachers we meet along the way.