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maxine_qigong.jpgQigong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention.

The word Qigong (Chi Kung) is made up of two Chinese words. Qi is pronounced chee and is usually translated to mean the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe.

The second word, Gong, pronounced gung, means accomplishment, or skill that is cultivated through steady practice. Together, Qigong (Chi Kung) means cultivating energy, it is a system practiced for health maintenance, healing and increasing vitality.

Qigong is an integration of physical postures, breathing techniques, and focused intentions.

The gentle, rhythmic movements of Qigong reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality, and enhance the immune system. It has also been found to improve cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic and digestive functions.

Those who maintain a consistent practice of Qigong find that it helps one regain a youthful vitality, maintain health even into old age and helps speed recovery from illness. Western scientific research confirms that Qigong reduces hypertension and the incidence of falling in the aged population. One of the more important long-term effects is that Qigong reestablishes the body/mind/soul connection.

Anyone can enrich their lives by adding Qigong to their daily routine.

maxine.jpegMaxine first identified stress as needing to be healed in 1975 when she graduated from her Masters of Science program in Counseling at San Diego State University. As she tried to heal the stress of friends and clients around her through talk therapy, she began to understand that there needed to be a deeper approach so that more options could be considered. In 1987 she became a Reiki practitioner through the original generation of Reiki practitioners in the United States. Continuing on her life path, she became a Certified Clinical and then Advanced Hypnotherapist.

Almost a decade ago she started to study and practice Qigong and now has certifications to teach Qigong for Weight Loss, and Qigong for Breast Health through the Traditional Chinese Medicine World Foundation and also Qigong for Organ Cleansing through Francesco Garripolli, Director of the Kahuna Valley Healing Center. She is a member of the National Qigong Association. Continuing on her path of study, she is currently in the midst of Qigong Teacher Certification with Lee Holden, who is the director of the Santa Cruz Chi Center.

I love Qigong: it combines everything I have studied and addresses health at the mind/body/spirit level .The more I study Qigong, the more I understand its potential to promote vibrant energy, harmony, flexibility and longevity to people of every age. And its easy and fun to do!