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Live in a Flow State Standing and Floor Dao Yin Qi Gong
Live in a Flow State Standing and Floor Dao Yin Qi Gong. After a flowing qi gong warm-up, you will learn how to massage powerful acupressure points for clearing old energy, also known as “dredging the channels.” The acupressure points focus on the spleen, kidney, stomach, and gall bladder meridians in the legs. After dredging the channels, you will move through some gentle stretching and rotating exercises.
Learn about acupressure massage here.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the concept of dredging the channels, or clearing the meridians, comes from the idea that the body’s vital energy, or Qi, flows through a network of channels or meridians. The smooth and balanced flow of Qi leads to good health, and blockages or disruptions in this flow contribute to illness, discomfort, and a state of sub-health.
In addition to the acupressure massage method used in this lesson, various other methods in TCM aim at clearing the meridians and promoting the smooth flow of Qi. Some common approache includes:
- Acupuncture: This involves inserting thin needles into specific points along the meridians to stimulate and balance the flow of Qi. By doing so, acupuncture helps remove blockages and restore harmony in the body.
- Herbal Medicine: TCM often utilizes herbal remedies to address imbalances in the body, including those affecting the meridians. Certain herbs have properties that help clear blockages and promote the free flow of Qi.
- Cupping Therapy: This involves placing cups on the skin to create suction, which mobilizes blood flow and Qi, helping to remove stagnation in the meridians.
- Tuina Massage: This form of Chinese massage involves specific techniques applied to the body’s surface and along the meridians to promote the flow of Qi.
- Qi Gong and Tai Chi: These exercise methods use a mind-body focus. Additionally, they involve slow, deliberate movements, breath control, and meditation. They help balance and enhance the flow of Qi through the channels or meridians.
These practices maintain or restore balance in the body’s energy flow, which, according to TCM principles, contributes to overall health and well-being. Always consult with qualified healthcare professionals before beginning any new health regimen.