Pain Is A Signal

by Marcus on January 12, 2011

In Qigong pain is a signal that you are doing something wrong. There is no clearer message in Qigong than this. Unlike traditional forms of Western exercise where you are encouraged to ‘feel the burn’ and ‘push through the pain barrier’ Qigong is completely different.

It took me a long term to come to terms with this. In my teens I had enjoyed body building, triathlon, cycling, running – pushing myself daily, often to the point of injury. In fact when I used to work out with weights, if I didn’t feel completely exhausted and ready to drop then I didn’t feel I’d had a decent work out.

It took me a long time to realise that bringing this approach to my Qigong practice was completely wrong. I could not understand how by being relaxed and gentle I could become strong, healthy and happy. It wasn’t until I understood some of the basic concepts of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that I was able to make sense of this.

In a nutshell: Qi or energy flows through the meridians, or energy streams, of the human body. Blockages to the harmonious flow of Qi through the meridians results in illness. The severity of the blockage relates to the severity of the illness. If a blockage is serious enough to cause Qi flow to stop completely, death quickly follows.

By cleansing the blockages using Qigong we restore harmonious energy flow and have good health. As we continue our Qigong practice we increase the ‘vigor’ of the Qi flowing in the meridians and we have vitality. As we continue our Qigong practice we develop an abundance of energy and we have longevity.

Pain, tension, and stress are core contributors to blockages. If you bring the ‘no pain no gain‘ attitude to your Qigong practice, there’s a very good chance you’ll make your health worse and not better. Remember Qigong uses a completely different model of health and vitality than the traditional Western model.

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