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The Benefits of Qi Gong vs. Western-Style Exercise

Most exercise in the West, such as jogging, swimming, bicycling, and so forth, works primarily on the muscles (including the heart) and the lungs.
The Chinese also partake in Western-style exercise, but Qi Gong is thought to be of a higher level.
Why? The following sections answer this question explicitly.

Qi Gong Eases Stress and Balances Emotions

Much of the new literature on stress indicates that one of the largest factors in determining stress level is the emotion. Most physical exercise is at least somewhat useful for relieving anger, but one need only look at the behaviour of some top athletes to see that typical physical activity is not the answer.

The clearing process in Qi Gong can be used on strongly repressed, as well as on spontaneously expressed emotions. Many of the movements of Qi Gong can be refined to specifically address your problem area, be it depression, grief, frustration, irritability, or any combination thereof.

Stress-related problems in our society are worsening, so it is urgent to gain the ability to convert such energies to those that are positive in nature. The ability to release stress directly through control of the central nervous system is a method par excellence for dealing with "burnout."

Qi Gong Loosens the Muscles and Builds Power

Qi Gong works with the muscles quite differently than typical exercises do. Aerobics and vigorous stretching build strength and flexibility; Qi Gong and other internal exercises build effortless power and looseness. The feeling of strength, of being "pumped up," obtained in Western exercise is actually due to muscular contraction, and even though you may be able to do leg splits, for example, this kind of contraction prevents the free flow of chi.

In the internal arts, the feeling of strength is considered inappropriate; the goal, rather, is a feeling of relaxed power. Relaxed power comes when the muscles, rather than fighting and straining to do something, just loosen (open up) and allow the energy to flow through.

Qi Gong Strengthens the Organs

No Age limitThe Qi Gong techniques discussed in this series - especially the Swings - work to strengthen and balance all the internal organs.
There are also other techniques (not mentioned in this book) to strengthen specific organs: to help the liver recover from hepatitis, for instance, or the lungs from tuberculosis, or the heart from a heart attack.
Even without having had a serious illness, almost everyone is born with a weakness in one organ or another, and Qi Gong has exact exercises to address an individual`s problems.

Qi Gong Improves Cardio-Pulmonary Function

Most people think that aerobic exercise is necessary to strengthen the heart and lungs. While aerobic exercise does accomplish this, so does Qi Gong. Slow, deep, regular breathing and energy movement combine to work oxygen deeper into the tissues than regular exercise.

One case in point: One Qi Gong student who holds a normal, sedentary office job and engages in almost no aerobic activity has a brother who is a well-known mountaineer.
Invited to climb a mountain in Colorado with his brother, he imagined himself gasping for air as his brother marched ahead, but much to his surprise he found that his capacity for physical activity, in terms of breath, had actually come to surpass that of this brother, who engaged in aerobic activity continuously.

Qi Gong Strengthens the Nerves

Chi flows primarily along the nerves of the body. Although at advanced levels of development chi and the nerves can be felt separately, the great majority of beginners only have awareness of their nerves.

The nerves are an intermediary between the body and the mind, and it is through the nerves that we are used to gaining information about our body.
Much of the initial Qi Gong work, which emphasizes getting in touch with the body and clearing out blockages, is accomplished through the nervous system.
As your chi gets stronger through continued practice, your nerves are strengthened and your body awareness is enhanced.
People with poor coordination and other motor problems can benefit greatly, and everyone is aware of the important role spinal nerves play in overall health. The entire chiropractic system is based on the importance of spinal nerve flow.

Chi is also an intermediary between the body and the mind, and while it travels with nerve impulses, it can, with practice, be felt independently.
It is commonly said in the internal arts that the mind moves the chi, and the chi moves the body. This is true, but it is important to be aware that most beginners need to work through the nerves first.

Qi Gong`s ability to strengthen the nervous system makes it a magnificently effective technique for relieving stress on a day-to-day basis, as well as rebuilding bodies that have broken down due to long-term stress.

Qi Gong Improves Vascular Function

Western aerobics increase circulation by exercising the heart. Qi Gong improves circulation by increasing the elasticity of the blood vessels themselves. It is standard in China to prescribe Chi Gung exercises for both high and low blood pressure, as both are due to problems in vascular elasticity and strength.

Qi Gong Can Be Used by the Seriously Ill

Western exercise utilizes either motion or resistance to motion to strengthen the body (for example, weight lifting, callisthenics, running).
Unfortunately, the seriously ill and bedridden often do not have the capacity for vigorous exercise. This means that the muscles and organ systems get weaker during prolonged bed rest, and it may take months to get back to normal after recovery from the main problem (a back injury, say).
Qi Gong, however, has many techniques specifically designed for the weak and immobile, techniques, which increase physical capacities without requiring movement.

In China, Qi Gong is also prescribed for terminal cancer patients as a last resort.
If they don`t initially have the strength to practice while standing or sitting, they practice lying down until their strength builds up.

Source: B.K.Frantzis

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