The life force or energy that animates everything in the universe and your body is the very essence of Chi Kung. It’s a Chinese practice that uses movements and postures and can create many physical healing benefits, but it’s important to realize that Chi Kung is not physical exercise. It moves beyond the muscle and tissue and works in your body at the level of energy, or Qi.

Literally meaning “energy work,” Chi Kung breaks down energy blockages and promotes the free flow of energy throughout your body’s meridian system, the invisible pathways through which Qi moves and that connect everything in your body.

Consistent Chi Kung practice increases and balances your body’s Qi. Working directly on your body’s meridian system—your energy body—it stimulates and nourishes the internal organs, making the energetic communication between them more efficient. And by increasing the effectiveness of all body systems, Chi Kung helps conserve Qi. These qualities are important to your health because TCM theory says that in order to have good health you must have sufficient Qi that flows freely throughout your body and your internal organs must function together in harmony.

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