Qi Gong - exercises
Qi gong, chi kung, or chi gung (气功 or 氣功) (pronounced "chee-gung") is a practice of aligning breath, movement, and awareness for exercise, healing, and meditation. Qi gong has its roots in Chinese medicine and Chinese martial arts and is traditionally viewed as a practice to balance qi. Typically a qi gong practice involves rhythmic breathing, coordinated with slow stylized repetition of movement, and a calm mindful state.
In clinical practice qi gong serves as a Chinese form of physical therapy. Patients are often given qi gong exercises to retrain proper body mechanics when utilizing injured limbs. Exercises are also given to help reduce stress, improve digestion and increase stability and movement. Some exercises are literally transformative and can help patients to slowly and safely change the alignment of their body.