XLII--8 Qigong

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XLII--8 Qigong

Postby WayneS » Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:50 pm

Not really a poem today, more a prose account of my "healing" experience.

Qigong

After filling out standard medical forms
and paying sixty dollars,
I sat on a couch
sipping cucumber water
and waited
for the healer to arrive.

She spoke in a whisper
as she escorted me to a dimly lit room.
Candles and flute music
had me relaxed
before my my skepticism
could think, “cliche.”

We spoke for a few minutes
about my lifestyle
and my arthritic aches,
and about Qigong,
a 5000 year-old healing treatment
that allows the body's healing energy
to flow freely.

She explained that she was not a healer,
but a facilitator of the body's natural healing abilities
and that she couldn't heal arthritis
but my own energy flow
would lessen the discomfort.

I had been to enough physical therapists
and chiropractors and massage therapists
for this to be nothing new.
The difference is,
while they practiced physical manipulation
to increase blood flow (energy),
to the offending body parts,
Qigong involved no touching.

She had me sitting on a comfortable lounge chair,
listening to flute music,
breathing in and out mindfully,
while she waved her hands
and fluttered her fingers over
my neck, shoulders and knees.

It felt weird, I admit,
but gradually
my self-conscious thoughts dissolved
and I relaxed into a meditative state.
Not quite sleep but close.

I felt so relaxed she encouraged me
to continue meditating
while she left the room.

I don't know if I felt any different
when she returned,
just relaxed.
She said the body heals itself more fully
when in a relaxed state,
so this is good.

I slept extremely well last night,
and feel good this morning,
the way I often do after a chiropractic adjustment
or a massage or physical therapy session.

Will I return for other sessions?
I don't know.
She made no effort to encourage a return
the way chiropractors and physical therapists do.
She gave me exercises to do when I wake
to encourage self-healing,
which I did this morning,
along with the exercises from the physical therapist.

My impression is this 5000 year-old pain management treatment
works well,
as do newer Western and non-traditional procedures,
and they all do the same thing--
reduce stress, encourage relaxation
to increase an even blood flow
throughout the body.

The sixty dollar fee will keep me from going often,
as does the nearly double fee of massage therapists,
but if I were stressed out,
sixty dollars seems a reasonable price to pay
for relaxation that seems to carry over
at least into the early part of the next day.

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Re: XLII--8 Qigong

Postby Bill_Back » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:27 pm

Sounds interesting. I try for that while relaxing on the couch. :)

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Re: XLII--8 Qigong

Postby allenitz » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:56 pm

My impression is this 5000 year-old pain management treatment
works well,
as do newer Western and non-traditional procedures,
and they all do the same thing--
reduce stress, encourage relaxation
to increase an even blood flow
throughout the body.


very interesting. it seems mediation is the secret and i wonder if the "treatment" could successful ease me into meditation, something i have great difficulty with. my mind thinks on its own. i don't know if there's a way it could learn to not-think, in meditation terms, think deeper.

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Re: XLII--8 Qigong

Postby hawkseye » Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:36 pm

my self-conscious thoughts dissolved
and I relaxed into a meditative state.


Ah -- there's the key

And as you clearly comprehend and note, similar effects are intended and can be achieved from massage and chiropractic adjustments --- and I add hypnotherapy (trance work)

Like Allen, I find when I intend to meditate, my mind is a live wire. When I choose to "go with the flow" / allow my body to relax, I'm more likely to have my mind go its own way and while it remains active, that activity isn't dominating the rest of me.

So wonderful to find out about the healing modality, Wayne -- thank you. You wrote it up so clearly that it could be shared with anyone wondering what they might do to engage their body in self-healing and/or Qigong.

The ending keys me in to the best part -- that the effect carries over beyond just being in the session. And she gave you some hints to add to your morning routine -- all that for sixty dollars. Not bad!!

-judy


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