To maintain the balance between yin and yang, which allows for the normal flow of qi throughout the body and restores health, acupuncture is believed to provide “the flow”. Qi is believed to help regulate balance in the body. It is influenced by the opposing forces of yin and yang, which represent positive and negative energy in the human body.
There are several theories on how acupuncture works. One theory suggests that pain impulses are blocked from reaching the spinal cord or brain at various “gates” to these areas. Since a majority of acupuncture points are either connected to (or are located near) neural structures, this suggests that acupuncture stimulates the nervous system. A second theory suggests that acupuncture stimulates the body to produce endorphins, which reduces pain.
One the the oldest and most respected practices of Chinese qigong has been gaining more and more recognition for its medical benefits. With a series of easy, relaxing movements, clients can use this practice to increase bodily awareness, relax muscle tension and joint pain, and raise energy levels. It may be helpful to think of qigong as a form of moving meditation. When it is integrated into a daily wellness regimen, it can be very beneficial for pain management and mood elevation. Anyone at any fitness level can learn and use qigong to bring their body and subtle energies back into alignment and balance.
As an up-and-coming favorite among fitness conscious men and women around the world, practice of Tai Chi has spread from China to all of Asia, including Japan, Indonesia, and India and is now appearing the U.S.A. The Tai Chi movements slowly and safely stretch and tone your body from head to toe, increasing muscular control, circulation, strength, balance, flexibility and coordination. Every move, every turn, every graceful step has been designed to improve respiration, heart functions and circulation.
With precise movements that have been around for thousands of years, movements are done in a flow, in combination with breath. Because the movements are slow and controlled, this allows one to have a deeper experience with each movement.