Qigong (pronounced chee gong) is an ancient Chinese discipline of moving and balancing energy within the body and mind. There are many different forms of qigong. GuiGen, which means return to source or root, is a medical form of qigong developed by Dr. Hongtao Xu to treat and prevent chronic health conditions. His experience as both a western and eastern trained doctor is "the best hospital is in each person."
Dr. Hongtao Xu graduated from western medical school with honors from Wuhan Medical College at Tongji University (now, Tongji Medical College at Huazhong University of Science and Technology). Instead of proceeding to a residency or specialty, he chose to pursue studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Since the mid-1980’s, Dr. Xu has taught qigong to his patients at Beijing's Xiyuan Hospital and this was extended to international students in the 1990’s. He has taught international government officials, medical professionals, and students interested in health from countries across six continents.
There are three parts to learning this form: (1) discussion to understand concepts, (2) the dynamic part of the six movements and (3) the static portion of meditation. The six movements follow the Chinese organ meridian system or energy channels used in acupuncture:
First Movement: Between Heaven and Earth (Global Regulation and Opening the Channels)
Second Movement: Spleen/Stomach Channels
Third Movement: Lung/Large Intestine Channels
Fourth Movement: Kidney/Bladder Channels
Fifth Movement: Liver/Gallbladder Channels
Sixth Movement: Heart/Small Intestine Channels
The slow and gentle movements release stagnant qi and restore flow, ease and balance. The aim of the meditation is to get beyond bodily sensations and thoughts to reclaim clarity and peace. This is a powerful healing method you can learn and do yourself!
This 10-week class meets once a week and the cost is $75. I will post below those classes open to the public. As with any new exercise regime, you may wish to check with your doctor to see if this is appropriate for you. Register for class via email at email@example.com
Thursdays 7:30 - 9:00 am beginning Oct. 3rd Unity of Madison, 601 Tompkins Drive (Full)
Wednesdays 3:15 - 4:45 pm beginning Jan. 8th Unity of Madison, 601 Tompkins Drive (Limit 12 people)
Wednesdays 6:45 - 8:15 pm beginning Jan. 8th Unity of Madison, 601 Tompkins Drive (Limit 12 people)