In the West, people are more concerned about their appearance, such as having a good figure or nice muscles. However, the more they are concerned with trying to tone or build up the external body, then the more
it can affect the joints and muscles and also the health of the internal organs. If your joints are stiff, it is very easy to develop arthritis later in life and have aching and spasms in the muscles.
Good posture will allow your Qi to flow without stiffness in your muscles and all your joints will have the relaxation and flexibility to move in all kinds of ways. Today, the most common blockage is in the neck. This will affect the energy going to the brain and also to the eyes, ears, nose and even the teeth. It can even affect your taste. We can see people who have neck problems through their poor posture or dropped heads.
Another very common blockage is the lower back, in the area of the Mingmen point. This can affect the young as well as the old. We move less and less today, using cars instead of walking, using our brain instead of muscles. This can affect the kidneys and liver, and can cause prostate cancer, diabetes and digestive problems as well.
Only you can improve your posture. To do this, you need to be aware of your back all the time. You also need to be aware of your shoulders and make sure they are relaxed and not tense. Be aware of your head, and make sure it is not dropped or leaning forward. Try and use both sides of the body as equally as possible, not just using your right hand but your left. This is not only good for helping to balance your body but also your brain. If you always have good posture, you may even be giving yourself an extra 10 or 20 years of healthy living.
IN BOTH TRADITIONAL Chinese Medicine and Qigong, we use a variety of acupuncture points. Acupuncture points are like doors and windows where Qi enters and is released from the body. These points are located on the various channels in the body.
Our body is like house, so just like in a house, some windows will be small and some will be big, letting in more light. Doorways will let people come and go from the house easily, otherwise no one can leave and no one can come to visit. It is the same for the acupuncture points. Some points are very powerful and will let a lot of Qi go into the body when stimulated. It is these major points that we will use in our Qigong practise.
Some people will refer to these points by numbers but actually you should try to remember their names and what the names mean. This will tell you the essence of the kind of energy that is generated by these points. Below are the points you will use in your practise of Healthy Living Gong and also in meditation. These points are very common and will be used in many of the Qigong forms that I teach.
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