Throughout my life I have used movement as a way to free myself. I am also very aware how movement has been used to take over and control the body.
For example think of watching soldiers marching together in formation, be it Hitler’s army or modern day North Korea. What is the effect of mechanized, repetitive movements on the body? Does this type of movement inhibit one’s feeling of individualization and freedom? Many of us believe it does.
So much has been written about pain, our bodies and how to tend to those achy muscles, joints and tissues. All the advice and information can become overwhelming and confusing for someone who needs relief and prefers to avoid drugs or surgery.
Still, many people continue to live in pain with conditions that persist, limiting their freedom of movement and quality of life. The tips I suggest here are simply a reminder that your precious body knows how to heal itself when it has the proper conditions.
Dance first. Think later. It’s the natural order. -Samuel Beckett
Movement is life: the rhythm of our heartbeat, the ebb and flow of tides, the turning of the seasons, the cycle of our breath. Even the youngest infant expresses a range of core emotions in the language of movement. It’s a tiny dance with an arching and contracting torso, flailing arms and legs, before releasing the physical energy of delight, fear or frustration into sound. Continue reading MOVE THE EARTH→
Qi Gong is an ancient form of exercise and healing that focuses on breathing concentration and energy flow. The Chinese word Qi is formally defined as “breathing/air”, but can also be used in the context of describing the relationship between matter, energy and spirit. The dictionary definition for the word “Gong” is that of achievement or results. The two words are combined to describe a method of energy cultivation.
There are many forms and styles of Qi Gong originating from different segments within Chinese society.
Dr. Steven K.H. Aung is a pioneer in the integration of western, traditional Chinese and complementary medicine. His efforts have helped to make Alberta and Canada an active centre in the field of integrated and complementary medicine. His unique approach to medicine, combined with the remarkable compassion he brings to all that he does, has made him a highly respected teacher, researcher and physician. He been a geriatric and family physician, and a traditional Chinese medical (TCM) practitioner and teacher for more than thirty years. He has taught medical Qi Gong to thousands of people around the world, and is a clinical professor in the departments of Medicine and Family Medicine at the University of Alberta. In 2006, he was appointed to the Order of Canada.