The central premise in the practice of Qigong is to improve the energetic essence of the person practicing it, primarily using movement and self-awareness to do so.
Let’s answer a few of the most common questions people have about qigong, and dispel a few myths while we’re at it.
Sitting is the new smoking, and as it turns out, the studies that show a link between time spent sitting and mortality are teaching us that this rule applies independent of leisure time physical activity.
Translation: You can’t make up for 8 hours spent sitting every weekday with 45 minutes of vigorous physical activity – it’s your overall time spent moving that reduces your mortality risk.
Lungs, heart, spleen, kidneys.
Like any good student, you probably memorized all your vital organs in grade school.
But you probably never heard about a little-known but enormously important organ whose relatively recent discovery is changing the way scientists and practitioners view pain and restrictions in your body.
That special organ is your body’s fascia, and unlike the other isolated organs you learned about in grade school, your fascia surrounds, penetrates, and connects every structure of your body from head to toe. (There is still some debate as to whether fascia is indeed an organ or a tissue type.)
Often combined with other herbs to create highly potent formulas, Astragalus root (Astragalus membranaceus) has been used in Chinese Traditional Medicine to tone and strengthen many systems of the body for thousands of years. It has also been seen as a protector against both mental and physical stress.
Modern-day research on the effect of astragalus is very promising, providing proof to the centuries-old claims of its powerful impact on the body.
The gentle movement, connective experience, and deep sense of loving compassion expressed in Thai massage make it not only an effective massage for treating physical ailments, but also part of living a centered life.
Thai massage has its roots in ancient Thailand, but has been welcomed around the world by modern bodyworkers and healing practitioners who have discovered this unparalleled experience of relaxation and healing.
Thai massage is known as a powerful massage method for natural pain relief, which is what brings many people in search of massage in the first place.
You’ve probably read dozens of articles and rolled your eyes as you heard over and over again, “make sure you drink 8 glasses of water a day to stay hydrated!” As you know, the human body is made up of approximately two thirds water, and the effects of even mild dehydration range from annoying to seriously hazardous for your health.
But focusing only on water consumption levels neglects the other important element of healthy hydration: the food that we eat.
What if the food that you eat throughout each day could help you not only satisfy your hunger, but also give you a way higher rate of hydration?
What if you could “eat your water?”
Today, you can use this article to swipe the secrets of elite athletes and learn which superfoods you can eat every day to boost your hydration naturally.
The deeply relaxing, flowing form of massage known as Lomi Lomi began in ancient Hawaii, but it’s popularity now reaches all over the world.
Lomi Lomi creates an environment of tranquility with smooth, seamless strokes that flow from one part of the body to the next without stopping. This repetitive, moderate pressure puts the mind at ease and allows the tension in the muscles to unravel.