Movement therapy refers to a broad range of Eastern and Western movement approaches used to promote physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. It can include yoga, tai chi, dance, qi gong, and other therapies that has one moving their body.
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Qi Gong is a therapeutic form of movement, breathing exercises, a form of meditation, a treatment modality and a form of martial arts. Like T’ai Qi, it is steeped in the traditions of Chinese medicine, dating back to the 2nd century and gets its name from the vita; energy that defines being alive. It is a form of inner and outer cultivation practiced by Chinese physicians and is also used as a form of energy medicine, like acupuncture, that can be performed on a patient alone or during an acupuncture session.
Qi Gong movements are therapeutic and purposeful. Each form consists of many movements strung together with a therapeutic theme based on the five elements (fire, earth, metal, water, wood) and often incorporate themes from nature, reminding us that we are one with everything. Some movements are very graceful and slow-moving and others are stronger, faster and more cardiovascular in nature. All forms can be used to improve one’s physical fitness, energy, mood, flexibility, focus, sense of connection to others and to spirit. Some forms are short and can be performed in under fifteen minutes and others can be done for hours, depending on the practitioner’s purpose/ All forms can be modified to be more tonifying and soft, or amplified to be more energizing.
Ancient Chinese masters learned their Qi Gong forms from their masters who, in turn, passed it down to the next lineage holder. It is only with permission of one’s teacher, may a student teach others the forms. Qi Gong is practiced by millions of people around the world, old and young, with a common purpose – inner cultivation.
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T’ai chi (T’ai chi ch’uan)
T’ai Chi is an exercise system that focuses on slow, smooth body movements to help the mind and body relax. This system was originally developed in China as a form of self-defense, but has evolved into a gentle exercise regimens that focuses on slow and graceful bodily movements, each movement flowing into the next. T’ai Chi is commonly practiced outdoors at dawn. The practice can help to achieve both mental and phsyical relaxation, while strengthening the immune and cardiovascular systems.
The word “yoga” means “connection”. Yoga allows those practicing it to enter a state of connection while performing body techniques. When we are consciously connected to something, we are allowed to fully experience that person, thing, or experience. There are many different kinds of yoga, including tantra, mantra, laya, kundalani, bhakti, jnana, karma, etc, with each form using its own movements and methods to help the practicer reach greater awareness and connection to life and self.
Gentle Viniyoga is a style of yoga that’s centered around breathing and the many movements of the spine while adapting the poses to each student. The focus is to bring the body into balance through stretching muscles that are tight and strengthening muscles that are loose. Better movement habits are created through repetition and the emphasis on breathing helps to calm the entire body.
Hatha yoga is a style of yoga that practices asanas (postures) and pranayama (breathing techniques) with the goal of bringing peace to the mind and body.