Holistic healing practice based on Traditional Chinese Medicine & Qigong.
All diseases, injuries and issues can be alleviated, in varying degrees, by Qigong practice and theory.
We encourage you to explore how it can help you.
Classical approach of Chinese Medicine
“凡 刺 之 法 先 必 本 于 神 – All treatments should be rooted in the spirit – Ling Shu”
By aligning ourselves with Spirit, we are at ease. If we are misaligned with Spirit we are at dis ease. This is the traditional premises for Eastern healing. Different traditions had different methods, however the end goal was alignment with Spirit. For a modern translation, Spirit could be interpreted as conscious & subconscious activities of the mind.
Misalignment with Spirit manifests in physical, emotional, mental and energetic imbalances. This understanding led to what we now call Traditional Chinese Medicine, which includes acupuncture, herbology, dietetics, massage and QiGong.
There are three main branches of QiGong; martial, medical and spiritual. All QiGong movements and postures work with the mind, body and breath, so all QiGong can improve your health to varying degrees. Medical QiGong however, is specialised in healing and preventative health.
Medical Qigong works on the premises that abundant and smoothly flowing Qi is the foundation of good health and wellbeing. The origins of Medical Qigong along with Traditional Chinese Medicine are the ancient Chinese shamans, the Daoist alchemical practices and also folk medicine.
To become a professional Medical QiGong practitioner, one must complete rigorous academic and practical training, comprehending Chinese Medicine theory, physical and energetic anatomy and physiology, disease, symptomatology and diagnosis, psychology and also herbal medicine, massage, acupuncture, medical QiGong therapy. In modern times, foundations of Western medicine, pathophysiology, pharmacology and more!
A Medical QiGong practitioner may use one or all of the following modalities
1. Qi Emission
Practitioner regulates patient's Qi by focusing on the energetic properties of the patient's channels, collaterals, and points, as well as internal organs, from a short distance, without necessarily touching the patients body.
2. Self-Regulation Prescriptions
Practitioner prescribes Qigong exercises (Qigong/Daoyin routines, movements, respiratory patterns, sound vibrations, and mental training). Medical Qigong prescription exercises are given to patients to augment the benefits of a Medical Qigong treatment. Patients then use these Qigong techniques to regulate and maintain their own health using various lying, sitting, standing and moving postures.
3. Qigong Massage
A soft-tissue regulation technique where the practitioner’s hand skims the patient's body as lightly as a feather, never exceeding the pressure one would place on an eyeball. The light skimming action is used to dredge the patient's external channel Qi, causing energy to be released from the internal channels themselves which serve as pathways for Qi transference.
Medical QiGong Therapy objectives include
1. Eliminate internal pathogenic factors (eg. emotional build-up of fear, worry, frustration etc.) and pathogens from external environment (eg. Wind, Cold, Hot, Damp, etc.)
2. Depending on the condition, increase or decrease relative Qi levels, as needed to counteract the deficient or excess conditions within the internal organs and channels.
3. Regulate and balance Yin and Yang Qi to harmonise the body
Who can benefit from Medical Qigong Therapy?
Medical Qigong Therapy can be remarkably useful in many instances. The underlying principle that Qi is the foundation of physical and mental wellbeing means Medical Qigong is effective for a wide range of conditions.
Medical Qigong Therapy is a non-invasive technique, all contact between the practitioner and patient is very gentle and there are no sudden or abrupt movements.
Medical Qigong is suitible for all forms of recovery and works well as a complimentary therapy alongside other treatments.
Science of Chinese Medicine Qigong Therapy
More than 5000 years ago, the ancient Chinese masters of healing came to the understanding that everything is composed of the same energetic substance, which they called Qi (pronounced "chee"). These ancient masters observed that there is a oneness and wholeness in all existence and that everything is energetically interconnected as one body.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is primarily based on the understanding of the transformations of Qi. Although energy may appear to take on many different forms, all things in nature and, in fact, all things in the universe are intrinsically woven together so that we are, quite literally, all symbiotically one with the universe through the system of Qi.
In modern times, the laws of physics have demonstrated that matter and energy are interchangeable and that matter is simply another form of energy. Matter is constantly vibrating in the form of particles or wave forms; it is constantly changing, either affecting or interacting with energy. Energy is inherent in the living human body, and the human body is sustained by energy.
The ancient Chinese mastered specific techniques to balance the body's energy (Qi) in order to live in harmony with the environmental (Earthly) Qi, as well as the universal (Heavenly) Qi. Traditional Chinese Medicine maintains that when living things start to lose their Qi, they lose their vitality.
Qi is stored within the body in the form of energetic pools, creating the energetic matrix of the internal organs. From these internal pools, the body's life-force energy flows in the form of rivers and streams. These energetic rivers and streams form the body's vessels, channels, and collateral systems.
(excerpt from Prof. Jerry Alan Johnson's Chinese Medical QiGong Therapy Vol. 1. Energetic Anatomy & Physiology)
Traditional Chinese Medicine is a very complex and highly sophisticated system which includes QiGong, Acupuncture, Herbology, Dietetics and Massage. Medical QiGong has been studied and practiced for millennia, evolving with the needs of the people, making it an effective time-proven system. Until as recently as 1999, Medical QiGong was studied in a university-type setting under the guidance of many masters, and then many more years were spent interning and specialising. Medical QiGong (and QiGong in general) took a huge blow during the cultural revolution and after the political antics of the Falun Gong “Qigong” organisation, the government put an immediate stop to all Qigong practices, including removing all scientific equipment from Medical QiGong collages, laboratories and clinics. It is slowly making a recovery, with the right people and attitude, the potential for Medical QiGong is great!
Qigong & Western Science
Over the last few decades QiGong has made its way out of China, spreading to all continents of the globe. QiGong has perked interest in the health and scientific communities and subsequently numerous studies have been conducted on QiGong, which is ever growing.
Whilst it is difficult to scientifically measure Qi and some of the more subtleties, health outcomes are easier to ascertain. QiGong studies are predominantly based on self-practice, ie. participants learn a routine in a class setting and practice it a certain amount of times a week, either alone or in a class.
Below are highlights from peer-reviewed articles with the links to their respective studies..
Individual Stress Prevention through Qigong (2020)
…practicing Qigong impacts the effects of stress and overactivation by decreasing stress levels, hypertension, depression, and anxiety, and improving the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, immune function, sleep quality, cognitive functioning, and stress appraisal…
Qigong and Musculoskeletal Pain (2019)
Qigong practice may help to attenuate pain in varying degrees among adults with different forms of chronic pain with few side-effects.
Managing stress and anxiety through qigong exercise in healthy adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials (2014)
…qigong exercise reduces stress and anxiety in healthy adults…
…potentially beneficial effect of Qigong exercise on symptoms of anxiety among individuals with drug abuse…
…potential to enhance lung function and physical activity in COPD patients…
…Qigong training can improve the blood glucose status of the type 2 DM patients and has positive effects on the management of type 2 DM…
… Baduanjin Qigong practice is beneficial for quality of life, sleep quality, balance, handgrip strength, trunk flexibility, systolic and diastolic blood pressure, and resting heart rate…
…significantly decreased pain intensity and back functional disability…
…found that qigong had a significant effect on neck pain or disability…
Qigong, used to complement COVID-19 and cancer treatment, a mental 'game-changer'
abc news article
Sharing the fruits, keeping the roots
An important aspect of Medical Qigong are the deep roots in the spiritual arts of Asia. It is very possible that if Western/modern medicine adopts Medical Qigong, the spiritual aspects of this medicine can be disregarded as "non-scientific" and/or "unnecessary". This was the case with Chinese Medicine in China during and post "cultural revolution" when all the more esoteric and spiritual aspects of the arts were considered "non-sense". To tear away these roots of Medical Qigong creates an unbalanced, 'soul-less' sterile system.
On the other hand, Medical Qigong and energy healing can easily fall victim to healers who are not well qualified. There are numerous weekend workshops and short courses creating "certified energy healing masters" and there are many "intuitive healers" with little to no experience in any form of medicine. Whilst this can still be helpful in healing, we want to distinguish these types from proper Medical QiGong which is a very structured, organised, rigorous system.
Our principle on Medical Qigong and energy healing in general is that the healer should be competent in a relevant healing science (e.g Traditional Chinese Medicine) and have a good understanding of modern allopathic medicine in order to understand the existing diagnosis and treatment plan that the patient may have received from their GP or specialist doctor. Being an "energy healer" with no proper knowledge in medicine can be dangerous to both patient and practitioner!
How we got into Medical Qigong
Our Medical Qigong journey started with our first Qigong classes, with Henri studying years with Master Alex Lim who is also a wellknown healer. All the classes included the theoretical and practical exercises on how to harmonise ones Qi for medical purposes. After become an Australian registered nurse, Kate discovered QiGong at a temple in China and has since studied under many teachers around Asia and Australia and began a Masters by research titled "The Effects of QiGong on Stress & Wellbeing".
Intrigued by the healing and medical aspects of Qigong, we furthered our self-study (ie. ProfessorJerry Alan Johnson's books on Chinese Energetic Healing). In 2018 we attended a workshop in Singapore by Grandmaster Tan, owner and director of Wellness Medical Qigong and worldwide trainer of Medical QiGong practitioners.
We had the fortune to live with Grandmaster Tan and his wife, Master Connie, and intern at their Medical QiGong clinic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. We witnessed and assisted with the treatment of patients ranging from chemotherapy recovery to walking disability to dementia to muscular strains and many others. We were amazed at how well the seemingly gentle healing therapy worked, in most cases the positive effect was immediate. Since then we have continued our study of Medical Qigong and we are further refining our healing skills.
What we are working on
Educational workshops & programs
Our current focus is predominantly on teaching workshops and programs to promote effective Medical Qigong routines. We have strong emphasis on the theoretical elements of Medical Qigong, explaining concepts such as Qi, Shen, Jing, Yin-Yang, 5 Elements, seasonality and root causes of disease in Chinese Medicine.
Knowledge enables people to understand their issues better and empower them to initiate a healing process with a simple Medical Qigong routine. Our aim is to collaborate with local health organisations in New Zealand and Australia to develop effective introductory programs that could be made more accessible to people.
Establishing a clinic
Our long term aim is to establish a Chinese Medicine clinic where we would incorporate Medical Qigong as a treatment protocol. For the time-being as we do not have a fixed place where we are based, we offer Medical Qigong treatments to friends, family and clients, mostly to further our skills and integrate what we have learnt.
How we seek to improve
Being a healer means to be on a never ending quest to improve ones skills to help others. This is very relevant also because we live in such rapidly changing times that give birth to new types of imbalances in the society that reflect on individual and collective health issues.
Our studies are ongoing, our next endeavour in this field is to learn acupuncture/TCM herbalism and more advanced forms of Medical Qigong healing therapy. This is complicated due to Covid related travel restrictions, however we have identified true teachers with noteworthy skills and a Chinese Medicine college that we think very highly of, where we would like to study as soon as feasible.
In the meanwhile, we are advancing our skills in many ways. One outstanding and easily accessible mode is the Internal Arts Academy, which includes very useful skills, groundwork and theory on these subjects. We are on the constant hunt for teachers and masters, attending various workshops (e.g recently we partook a traditional Maori healing workshop).