Chi Gung for Wellness

Amy Kurman ~ Program Director
While the “Stay Safe at Home” order keeps us from holding our regular classes at the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource center, we are finding ways to help you stay engaged with your favorite activities. 
Chi Gung is a mindful practice of movement that can help us take a break from the worries of the day. Chi Gung is a gentle, moving meditation that combines physical postures, stretching, and breathing techniques while focusing the mind to gain a deeper sense of calm. This coordination of body, breath and mind is thought to improve physical fitness, relieve stress and promote over-all well-being. 

Chi Gung is an ancient practice based on traditional Chinese medicine which recognizes and activates the body’s natural vital energy: Chi . Other benefits of Chi Gung are improved balance, pain relief, increased energy and increased brain function. 

The National Health Institute recommends Chi Gung (Qigong) and Tai Chi for people living with cancer: Research results indicated that practicing qi gong may improve quality of life, mood, fatigue, and inflammation in adults with different types of cancer, compared with those receiving usual care.
Qigong practices activate naturally occurring physiological and psychological mechanisms of self-repair and health recovery.

This a gentle exercise that people of any age or any level of physical fitness can do. It can be practiced anywhere at any time wearing comfortable clothing.

Nancye Files has been leading a weekly Chi Gung group at the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center for several years. Whether you are new to Chi Gung or if you have been practicing with Nancye, we would like to help you practice Chi Gung at home. Nancye has found several videos online that she can recommend. 

She says there is “an excellent and timely (3/16/20) YouTube video by Roger Janke, ‘Viral Qigong for Immune Enhancement’ ". This is a longer video that shows how to do each movement step by step with explanations of how and why they work. Her other suggestions include YouTube videos of varying length by:
Roger Janke
Jeffery Chand
Lee Holden
Francesco and Daisy Lee Garripoli

Another resource available online that you may like to try is Qigong with Paul Weiss of the Whole Health Center, Wednesdays, 8-8:45 am, starting April 22. He is offering these free sessions online each week while all in-person classes are suspended to keep “our energy flowing and renewing with basic qigong exercises.” For more information on this offering, please call the Center 207-664-0339.