As a native Chinese, I know a little bit about Qigong.
Qigong, dating back to about 5000 years in China, is a practice that uses slow movements and controlled breathing techniques to promote the circulation of Qi within the human body.
The Chinese character for Qi means air, breath, or life force. Gong means work. So Qigong is the practice of working with one’s life force. (see Wikipedia)
Qigong is a simple, effective method to balance energy, reduce stress and maintain wellness. It can help heal physical and emotional pain. It can help people experience optimal health, wellness, and happiness. It can enhance the quality of life.
I first heard about Spring Forest Qigong a few years ago at one of the Experimental Collge or EXCO classes I took at Macalester College in St. Paul. It was about energy and healing. A SFQ master healer shared how SFQ healed her sick body and allowed her to walk and live a normal life after she couldn’t walk for many years.
Then at the Dragon Festival last July in St. Paul, I stopped at the Spring Forest Qigong booth and learned more about it. Later I read the book by the founder and creator of Spring Forest Qigong Master Lin titled “Born a healer.”
Recently when I had the opportunity to help plan brown bag presentations at Mn/DOT as part of our Health and Wellness program, I naturally thought about Spring Forest Qigong.
Today I had the pleasure of meeting one of the SFQ master healers, Sheila Judd, at Mn/DOT and listen to her presentation. Her topic was Balance Stress and Maintain Wellness with Qigong.
Sheila shared her own life story and how she began her journey with SFQ. She talked about what Qigong is, what the four components of SFQ are. She also demonstrated and taught a few simple Qigong movements in the session.
It was a great presentation and also a good reminder that there are alternative, more holistic ways of healing our body and maintaining our health available to us.
Thank you Sheila for your presentation.