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. It is a powerful type of health exercise, which has been practiced for centuries by millions of Chinese people. Qigong is based on repetitions of very precise sets of movements, specifically designed to benefit health on many different levels.
Qi (pronounced ‘chi’) means ‘energy’ and Gong means ‘work’, so literally this means working your energy. It is like drops of water on a stone– it is not a quick fix, it takes time and patience. Qigong movements help to train the physical body to be strong, supportive and connect better. It promotes greater flexibility, an improved posture and it teaches one how to relax. The movements are perfect for people with Parkinson’s because they are simple, easy to learn, repetitive and strengthening.
Qigong exercises can improve body functions for people with Parkinson’s particularly in early or middle stages of the condition. Research has shown that Health Qigong exercise can significantly improve Parkinson’s Disease patients’ muscle hardness, functional walking capacity, hand-eye coordination stability, and balance.