In early 2002 I was living a normal life, busy for the most part, but normal nonetheless. I owned and operated a manufacturing company, was a black belt in a martial arts school, a deacon in an Orthodox Church, married with 3 kids and a swim coach for my daughters team. Something unusual happened to me, one day I woke up with a droopy face. Yes, the right side was not working nearly as well as the day before but I didn’t think too much of it and thought it would clear quickly.
After three days however, my attitude changed from “no-biggie” to wondering why I was experiencing this problem. It wasn’t long before I was diagnosed with MS or Multiple Sclerosis. My only thought was wow, from what appeared to be a normal life to that of having a disease never-before seen in my family, with a potentially horrible outcome.
This event marked my journey into the land and opportunities of internal energy or Qi!
I became intensely focused on learning everything I could about MS. I attended seminars from Western medicine sources, read about Eastern Medicine understandings to no conclusions. It wasn’t until our martial arts school attended a 3-day training camp in Canada that my life changed. It was there I met my instructor, Sifu George who when I told him of my condition and asked for my alternatives he said only one thing, “Do QiGong”. So I did QiGong, driving hours a week to Canada to train and study in this internal art until I was fluent.
The result; simple … no more MS. Completely clear with the scans to prove it!
Since then I have dedicated my life to teaching and training others about the positive effects of QiGong, pronounced Chee-Gong. I am now training in Medical QiGong learning how energy works in the internal organ systems of the body and how energy flow can be altered for good health.
The 24 Postures of Therapeutic QiGong is a set designed by Grandmaster Wang Zi-Ping and brought to the States by his daughter and granddaughters. It was designed to promote relaxation and work down through the body from head to toe. It gently moves the body in patterns that positively affect internal organs and organ systems leading to benefits like better sleep, better organ function, reversal of diseases including cancers, neurological disorders, chronic pain, headaches, arthritis and others. As Qi begins to flow, blood will follow the Qi, increasing and bringing on the benefits of an increased circulation to the extremities and throughout the body.
QiGong is a positive solution to better health and well-being and also a great preventative measure against all that is so common to us. Although nothing is a sure bet, I was asked recently about a QiGong for Arthritis class that I teach by someone with no arthritis, as to whether she should take it. My response was clear when I said, it depends on whether or not you ever want to have it? She is now enjoying the class.
So I challenge all of you who are reading this to become involved, to discover and practice the ancient art of QiGong in this modern world of exercise and working-out. Dedicate part of your day to focus, engaged relaxation, proper breathing, gentle movements, and working-in. Knowing that every movement is designed to provide nourishment, healing and cleansing of an organ or a system of organs that will lead to great health and wellbeing.