The Hand Pump

by Marcus on March 6, 2011

I sometimes tell new students that practicing Qigong is a little like operating an old style manual hand water pump.

It often took many strokes from the lever in order to get the water flowing. If the operator gave up too soon then the result was no water.

Qigong can be like this in the beginning. Whilst it is common to feel benefits like a sense of peace or relaxation from the very first session, it can take up to 3 months to start to see significant, sustainable improvements in health and vitality.

I believe it is important to be clear that Qigong is no ’30 day miracle cure’ – too many new students have unrealistic expectations of what to expect from Qigong and as a result give up too soon, usually just before they’re about to see the results that they wanted in the first place!

The practice of Qigong takes commitment and discipline but the results are worth it.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Martin March 7, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Interesting metaphor – If the pump has not been used for sometime then it may need to be ‘seeded’ with water first, otherwise you could pump away forever and never be able to get any flow, only over exercise a few muscles.


Marcus March 7, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Hi Martin,

Good point and it highlights the problem with using metaphors. The great thing about being a human, is that if you are able to read this, then your Qi is flowing, no matter how badly – and that means we have somewhere to start from, it means that the pump is ‘seeded’ – but it might be wise to get some expert personal tuition.

Thanks for commenting.



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