Qigong is one of our specialties at Shelton Qigong. It is one of my lifelong passions. An ancient practice based on the principles of Chinese medicine, medical QiGong is the practice of harnessing Qi to help balance, integrate and release physical, mental and/or spiritual suffering.
I believe people do not have to live in chronic pain. I believe the body is wired for vitality and joy.
According to Chinese medicine the leading cause of death and disease is negative emotions. Common day-to-day feelings like disappointment, sorrow, envy, anger and rage are not inherently “bad.” But when strong emotions are suppressed and repressed, physical symptoms like inflammation and illness are the result.
Medical Qigong helps people get to the root of the emotional imbalance and help clear blockages.
The proven benefits of medical Qigong include:
- strengthened immunity and vitality
- relief from pain stemming from common complaints such as poor digestion, headaches and arthritis
- alleviation of depression and anxiety
- reclamation of younger, firmer (slimmer) body shape
- increased memory, recall and creativity
- deeper access to joy, intuition, peace and belonging
Cupping has been shown to:
- Alleviate joint pain
- Relieve sore muscles
- Decrease inflammation
- Increase range of motion
- Help with cold and flu symptoms
By taking glass or plastic jars with a smooth rounded mouth, cupping creates a partial vacuum on the skin’s acupoints, allowing the release of toxins and potential for dis-ease in the body.
Toxins often accumulate in our connective tissues, which create blockages and impedes blood and fluid circulation. The vacuum of the cups stimulates the flow of Qi (energy), blood and lymphatic fluid, which accelerates the easy and direct release of toxicity from key areas of the body.
“Mugwort” is an herb with a bit of a reputation. For centuries the spongy plant has been ground up and burned as a way to ward off evil. Today in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the practice of moxibustion is a blend of heat therapy and acupuncture. When mugwort is dried the herb is called “moxa,” which is burned close to a patient’s skin.
Moxibustion is painless. The herb is compressed into a stick or pole that resembles a cigar, or into little balls. When lit, the moxa stick or moxa ball smolders and offers a powerful form of targeted heat therapy that’s relaxing and non-invasive. Moxibustion is particularly successful at relieving chronic pain, stress, impotence, low sex drive, digestive problems and anxiety.
As with most forms of Chinese medicine, moxibustion is intended to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of Qi (life energy) and enhance general well-being.
Gua Sha (“Scraping” Massage)
For over 2000 years, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has recognized the healing properties of Gu Sha massage. Translated to mean “scraping away of pain,” Gua Sha naturally activates the body’s opiate centers (natural pain killers) and can eliminate acute and chronic pain immediately.
The purpose of Gua Sha is to release unhealthy elements, or blocked Qi, or stagnant blood, from areas of the body that are injured, stagnant or unbalanced. By applying pressure using a special spoon, coin or horn, the practitioner “scrapes” along acupuncture meridians and corresponding points, which releases knots, strains, sprains and spasms from muscles and tendons.
Over the past decade, Western medicine has come to embrace the proven healing powers of Gua Sha. Harvard and the Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City have shown the positive physiological impact of microcirculation (“scraping”) and the measurable decrease in pain often associated with skeletal and muscular conditions.
Gua Sha is 2000-year-old ancient medicine capable of producing modern-day miracles in people seeking lives free from chronic pain and disease