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Qigong Therapy

What is Qigong?

Qi magazine article See the Spring issue of Qi: The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness
for Barbara Penn's article "Tai Chi Cudgel Brings Healing Energy to Wounded Warriors" or download the PDF Download article PDF

For latest class schedule and locations, please call 910.690.2937 or 413.269.0233 or email

Cerfified Qigong Associate Instructor, Master Tsao, Tai Chi Healthways

Current Classes

Berkshire South Regional Community Center, Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Thursday mornings: "Tai Chi Bang; 6 Healing Sounds; 5 Element QiGong; 5 Color Meditation; more". Call 413-528-2810

Qigong contains two words:

Qi - generally translated from the Chinese as "essential life energy", "vital energy" or the life force in every living thing. It animates everything – trees, rivers, mountains, the stars, etc, and us.

Gong - which means "work"

So we can say that Qigong is the work of developing and moving energies in the body.

Qigong is a holistic system (mind, body, spirit) of self healing and meditation involving certain postures/movements, breath work, and meditations. It originated in China thousands of years ago and today is practiced all over the world in institutions that range from community centers to hospitals, corporations, athletic centers, senior centers.

Derived from Taoism, Buddhism, ancient dances, shamanism and rooted in CMT or Chinese medical theory, which says that our internal organs (heart, liver gall bladder, pancreas and spleen; kidneys, lungs, etc ) are not independent, instead they interact and depend on one another, and it is the right amount of Qi that promotes harmony, balance and good health.

This balance rests on something called Yin/Yang…most of us have seen the Tai Chi diagram or circle holding Yin/Yang symbol … Yin/Yang are opposite although complementary energies – black/white; male/female/hot cold all the dualities…When one organ system is getting too much Qi or energy (a yang state) another receives too little (Yin) and so we are off balance, or ill.

Through postures, meditations, movement and our intention to move this energy Qigong restores balance and harmony, and heals.


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