Qigong (pronounced chee-GONG) and translated as “working with your vital energy,” is a 5,000-year-old Chinese energy healing methodology. Three main Qigong practices are movement practice, which looks similar to Tai Chi; individual healing sessions; and Qigong techniques, used to activate the body's energy points.

Qigong is based on the same principles as acupuncture, but without the needles. It is used by the Mayo Clinic, UCSD’s Center for Integrative Medicine, and many other hospitals, medical clinics, and universities to remove blockages in the meridian or energy system. The blockages are caused by negative emotions and insufficient self-care (stress, improper diet, lack of sleep and exercise, etc.).

According to Chinese medicine, blockages are the underlying cause of all illness and pain in the body, mind, and emotions. Qigong works holistically to address issues in each of these areas. Its power comes from its simplicity and its targeted, specific purpose for each movement. It is balancing, calming, yet energizing. It enables the body to heal itself and is used to regain and maintain health as well as to achieve peak performance.

Qigong Practitioner: Jan Tucker

Jan Tucker, level 5 Qigong practitioner, level 2 Reiki practitioner, and author, is offering twice monthly Qigong healing sessions for Michelle's Place clients. Jan studies Qigong with International Qigong Master Chunyi Lin, founder of Spring Forest Qigong. She began her studies to strengthen her immune system and prevent recurring bouts of bronchitis, allergies, eczema, and digestive issues. Recognizing the power and holistic health benefits of Qigong, she now offers these benefits to others.