Bonnie Beeck, CST, MSM, CMT, NCTMB
Member AMTA
Hours by appointment
N96 W18058 County Line Rd, Germantown, WI  53022
(262) 250-4515
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What is Qi-Gong
A new way to emphasize healthcare. Just featured in an hour long presentation on PBS.   A look at the many different styles that helps facilitate better health and well-being.
Qi-Gong (pronounced Chi Gong) is a therapeutic system which combines mental concentration, breathing and gentle movement therapy as a means to correct the imbalance of one's vital force and body fluids. Practiced for more than 4,500 years, Qi-Gong is the oldest of all forms of movement therapy. A classic definition of Qi-Gong is, "Qi is the mother of blood": Where qi flows, circulation is ensured. It is designed to activate and circulate our vital energy through the acupuncture meridians. Practiced consistently, Qi-Gong has been proven effective in the prevention and cure of ulcers, hypertension, heart disease, and general aches and pains. While improving posture and circulation, Qi-Gong can also lower blood pressure and tone the immune system by countering the effects of stress.
The literal translation of the Chinese character for Qi (or Chi) is air or breath. Qi is the primal matrix of creation from which spring the forces that give rise to substance and material forms. The form of Qi that we are studying is that of life energy or the universal force that animates all living things providing vitality to matter.
Qi-Gong is the collective name for many ancient Chinese movements that allow us to gain control over Qi, the life energy distributed through invisible channels in our body. It is the maintenance of the balanced distribution of chi that guarantees health and well-being. One of the ways to understand this is to familiarize oneself with the representation of qi's invisible channels, or tracts, by the "meridians" used in acupuncture. What is wonderful about Qi-Gong is that you do not have to understand any of this and it will still improve your health. The method of Qi-Gong that we practice and teach is "Chi-Lel," currently used by over 15 million people around the world.
There are five major traditions of Chinese training in Qi-Gong: Taoist, Buddhist, Confucian, medical and martial arts. In actual practice, many of these schools overlap. The Taoist school lays emphasis on training both the body and the mind. The Buddhist school gives precedence to the cultivation of the mind and the moral will. The Confucian school emphasizes setting the conceptual mind right, honesty of higher thought or altruism. The martial arts school foster strengthening of the body to resist attack and teaches striking at the enemy in self or other protection. The medical school (the one we are concentrating on) aims chiefly at curing illness, at the same time in considers hygiene and the prolongation of life.
External Qi
The essence of external qi therapy is the passage of energy from the qi-gong practitioner to the patient, fortifying the patient's own ability to fight disease. It may be likened to the recharging of a run-down car battery. According to traditional Chinese medicine, a person becomes ill when qi and blood are not circulating well and therefore the yin and yang are out of balance.
The use of external qi is the treatment of many diseases and has become widely accepted in China. External qi therapy requires neither medication or injection, nor any physical contact with the patient. Usually the qi is released from between two inches to a foot away from the body, and the treatment may take three to thirty minutes. Some patients are cured with one treatment, but more often it takes three daily treatments to obtain results.
There are three ways to use Qi-Gong for therapeutic purposes.
First, there is the external qi therapy (application of Qi-Gong by a therapist).
Second is self-training, choosing a Qi-Gong course and performing the movements properly can prove effective within one hundred days. Increases self discipline.
Third, there is the combination of the two: receiving external qi treatment in addition to doing qi-gong movements and thereby strengthening the therapeutic effect of both. Qi-Gong is a complement to other treatments which allows the individual to be more proactive in their search for continued health.
Chi Lel consists of visualizations combined with a series of gentle movements which can be easily learned by anyone who wants to improve and sustain their health and wellness.
How the West and East think about Health

Western Hemisphere Eastern Hemisphere
Focus of Health body (matter)
disease is a reaction
mechanistic analysis
material intervention (therapy)
balance (mind-body)
disease is an imbalanced energy
holistic analysis
creative rearrangement of yin-yang
Energy food for energy
air for oxygen
pharmaceuticals, etc.
food for yin or yang
breathing to activate qi
herbs with yin-yang qualities
Energy Healing techniques through circulation (transfusion) or body cavities, or skin
through blood and qi channels or yoga (Indian), qi-gong, acupuncture, etc.
Energy Healing process the nervous system transmitting messages by electricity or chemicals
chakras (Indian) or acupoints and qi channels accomodating the flow of vital energy
Disease malfunction of specific organs or tissue, e.g. through environmental influences
lifesytle, our state of mind, what we eat, do, etc.
Demonstration of movement from class 3.
Bonnie is to the left and Barbara is to the right.
Carol is seated and critiqueing the movement.
Class 1 Basic movement of Lift Chi Up and Pour Chi Down. Increases blood and chi movement throughout the body. Practiced for 15 minutes a day, will improve concentration and general body flexibility and health.
Class 2 Additional basic movements, Three Centers Merge, Tapping and Wall Squatting.
Class 3 Mind and Body, opens the meridians and increases flexibility. Two day class.  Minimum practice time - 45 minutes.
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