Chi Kung is an ancient form of exercise originating in China. Chi Kung translates as ‘energy exercise’ or ‘to work one’s energy.’ Exercise is important aspect of Chinese Medicine with Chi Kung developing into many different styles and forms over the millennia. One of the main underlying principles mainly involves the cultivation and circulation of Chi (Energy.)
Zhan Zhuang Chi Kung (pronounced Jam Jong) is a style of Chinese Chi Kung, often considered to be at the ‘core’ of many different styles of Chi Kung. This may be practiced lying down, sitting or standing. Once the underlying principles are learnt it can be adapted to many different aspects of both exercise and everyday life. One of the main benefits can be to help people relax, regain and also maintain their health and vitality. Simple to learn and easy to practice this system of postures and movements is more static than Tai Chi does not involve a ‘form’ and is suitable for all ages and levels of fitness.
Shiatsu is a holistic bodywork therapy from Japan which is a system of exercise, healthcare, philosophy and potential self-development based upon the principles of Yin and Yang, Shiatsu can have benefits on all levels of the human system ~ physical, emotional and spiritual.
Characterized by its apparent great simplicity shiatsu grew from earlier forms of massage, ( Anma in Japan, Tuina in China) which use rubbing, stroking, squeezing, tapping, pushing, and pulling to influence the muscles and circulatory systems of the body. Shiatsu, by contrast, uses few techniques and to an observer it would appear that little is happening with the practitioner applying relaxed pressure at various points on the body with the hand or thumb.
The aim of Shiatsu is to help restore balance to the body. This can be on both a physical and energetical level (Eastern medicine sees no difference). By applying relaxed perpendicular pressure the session aims to “harmonize” and bring into balance the distribution and circulation/flow of life force energy (chi). If the circulation/distribution becomes unbalanced disharmony and potential “illness” can manifest as a result.
A treatment will usually take place on a futon, a thick padded mat on the floor and will last about an hour. The practitioner gathers details about your medical history, lifestyle and general health. This forms the basis for a diagnosis. With Shiatsu diagnosis one’s lifestyle and intention effects/alters the distribution and circulation of your energy (Chi).This distribution and circulation manifests in functioning of the body and its systems.
The practitioner applies relaxed perpendicular pressure to the receiver through their clothing (preferably loose and comfortable) and may also use stretching and joint mobilizing techniques.
To obtain the maximum benefit it is advisable not to drink alcohol or eat a heavy meal before your treatment. And after the treatment to drink plenty of water.
Adam is a senior qualified teacher at British School Shiatsu-Do and teaches throughout the UK and Europe. And is a registered teacher with the Shiatsu Society (UK)
Find out more about Adam, Chi Kung & Shiatsu here: www.adamhellinger.com
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