Take a break from your worries: why qigong feels like an instant vacation. (Gotta Try It)

Author: Fistner C
Date published: 2002
Other: Volume ID: 8 , Issue ID: 77 , Word Count: 211

Accomplishment: Relieved irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)--a gastrointestinal
disorder that causes bloating, cramps, and diarrhea--and the stress that was
exacerbating it.

Healing art: Qigong (pronounced chee gong), which means life energy work, is
an ancient Chinese practice that uses slow, gentle movements, breathing, and
visualization to stimulate the flow of blood and energy in the body. It can be
done standing, sitting, or lying down.

Looking for relief: I was in constant pain and high strung, always rushing
around thinking about dinner, bills, etc.

[Graphic omitted]Qigong to calm down: At first, I couldn't feel the qi my
teacher talked about, but I started to unwind. Then one day, I felt something
like a ball in my hands. Learning to cradle and move this energy helped me let

Unique benefits: Qigong relaxes me. But some people are invigorated by it.

Beyond the classroom: I use qigong as a release anytime life speeds out of
control, such as when I'm running late. My IBS symptoms have improved, and I'm

Getting started: Check the yellow pages under 'Karate' or 'Martial Arts
Instruction.' Or go to www.prevention.com/links.

Other Benefits of Qigong

* Boosts immunity

* Eases chronic pain, such as backache, headache, and menstrual cramps

* Teaches body awareness

* Improves self-esteem