Some Chattanoogans are exploring a new Chinese healing technique called Qi Gong.
Qi Gong practice aims to balance and harmonize energy flow through the body, said Eileen Meagher, who teaches a Qi Gong class at Unity of Chattanooga church.
“When the flow of energy is not blocked in any way, the body is healthy. When that energy gets restricted, we run into problems,” Ms. Meagher said.
The first book on Qi Gong (pronounced “chee-gong”) was “The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine” written in the 18th century B.C.
Today, Qi Gong is practiced in many forms under different “masters.” Spring Forest Qi Gong was founded by Master Chunyi Lin, now based in Minneapolis, Minn.
Balance is the goal, experts say.
“Staying balanced, staying calm in every area in every situation is tremendously important,” Ms. Meagher said.
Physical exercises with names such as “The Breathing of the Universe” are done slowly for several minutes or longer.
Hands may rise and fall from belly to chest height, or expand and collapse at belly level, as if holding a breathing balloon.
Qi Gong practice helped him recover after hip surgery, said Dick Urban, a 65-year-old state employee.
“I was back in the office working in four weeks,” he said.
Others turn to it for relief from pain.
“I had chronic pain in my feet every morning,” said Dana Mulligan, a 49-year-old art teacher. “One night I did a 15-minute Qi Gong exercise from a DVD, and the next morning I bounded down the stairs.”
Ancient Chinese healing practiceOn Thursday evenings at Unity of Chattanooga, instructor Eileen Meagher teaches courses in Qigong, a nearly 4,000-year-old Chinese practice of channeling positive energy.