It has many names. Chee, Ki, Chi, Prana, Energy.
Qi is a Chinese word used to describe the force that relates to the functioning of all things in the universe. It is sometimes called vital life force, which means that it is essential for life to exist.
It is constantly moving and transforming and takes the form of both energy and matter.
I named my practice Sea of Qi after a powerful acu-point located on the abdomen below the navel. It is a point used in both Shiatsu and Acupuncture, in order to stregthen and tonify a person's Qi.
For health it is important to have enough of a good quality Qi and it must be flowing freely throughout the body. When this is the case we feel strong, harmonized, motivated and pain free. When it gets stuck or there is a lack of it, we feel tired, cold, sluggish, sad or have pain and tension. More seriously Qi stagnation can lead to obesity, tumors, cancer and other disease.
Qi comes from three sources in the body. Some comes from the Essence of the Kidney energetic organ system*, which we are born with. The rest is taken in from both air and food. Food in this case is not limited only to what we eat, but also applies to all that we take into our bodies such as people, activities, words and thoughts. Traditional Chinese Medicine looks to assess and treat any imbalances of Qi in the body. Shiatsu manually moves Qi through the meridians of the body by applying massage techniques to the indicated regions.
One can protect and nourish their Qi by eating fresh food, practicing meditation or deep breathing, excercising moderately and expressing themselves emotionally rather than holding onto emotions. Therefore, poor quality air and food, unresolved emotions and not exercising or meditating are causes of deficient and stuck Qi.
*For more information on Essence and the energetic Organ systems that are a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, I recommend the book: 'The Complete Book of Chinese Health and Healing' by Daniel Reid!
Take care...until next time,
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