Qi Gong (pronounced ‘Chi-Kung’)
Qigong is a natural way to keep fit, drawing on the classical philosophy of the Yin-Yang theory and basic theories of traditional Chinese medicine regarding channels and collaterals, guidance, and breathing; the movements are perfect for patients with PD because they are simple, easy to learn, and strengthening.
Qigong exercises can improve body functions in Parkinson’s patients with early or middle stages of Parkinson’s. Research has shown that Health Qigong exercise could significantly improve PD patients’ muscle hardness, functional walking capacity, hand-eye coordination, stability, and balance.
Parkinson’s Care and Support UK Qi- Gong Specialist Intsructor, Lou Requena says: “Qigong- Qi means energy and Gong means work, so literally this means working your energy. It’s like drops of water on a stone. It’s not a quick fix, it takes time and patience. However the benefits include being more flexible, having better posture and learning how to relax. Qigong is a great way of achieving this and also is Tai Chi. The forms are very different, but a great compliment to each other. They can both help with balance, weight distribution, circulation, relaxation, better sleep, improved energy and posture. Better co-ordination and concentration, performance, increased confidence, a feeling of being more centred and grounded and much more.”
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