Chi Force of your Energy Flow
Chi Cultivation vs Chi Blockage of your Life Force
Chi energy work using acupressure points enables energy to flow easily for a practitioner to apply the teachings and principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to a hand-on practice, instead of using needles. The Chi building acupressure points have a high electrical conductivity at the surface of the skin and thus conduct the body's energy most effectively. All the training a bodyworker or marital artist undertakes to develop Chi (the healing energy). The same principles and practices used to develop this energy can heighten massage therapy techniques and Asian bodywork therapies based on Traditional Chinese medicine.
The same Chi building practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is pivotal for practicing Martial Arts, Asian bodywork therapies and massage healing techniques. Acupressure, an ancient healing art developed in Asia over 5,000 years ago, is effective in the relief of stress-related ailments, in self-care and preventive health care. Acupressure Chi points releases tension, increases circulation, reduces pain and develops vibrant health.
Universal Chi Energy
The Chinese call the life force – Chi. In Japan, the Chi force is termed Ki, while Yoga practices refer to the life force as prana or pranic energy. These terms all relate to the same universal Chi energy, which exists in our environment, and links us to all forms of life. Chi blockage, on the other hand, can be traced to the root of all problems, imbalances, and diseases.
The Chi Force – The Life Source
Chi energy flow nourishes the human spirit and gives us the ability to concentrate; its the basis of creativity, and the healing energy of our body. Chi is the force of nature that moves in invisible currents and healing pathways through all matter. Chi connects everything. The primordial Chi force of nature creates mountains, governs the ocean currents, flow of rivers, and weather patterns. Chi force gives trees their uprightness and their diversity in branching toward the sky. The movement of Chi can be seen in molecules, elements, the landscape, and within the human body this life force circulates through Chi energy channels called meridians.
Body Chi and the Life Force
Within all living animals are Chi meridian pathways. These life force channels govern the functions of all systems of the human body. The way Chi energy flows through the meridians presides over wellness or disease imbalances. For instance, a Chi blockage can cause numbness, pressure, spasm, and many kinds of aches and pains. Thus, when Chi blockage occurs, the inhibited energy flow can result in all kinds of human suffering, however the flow of the Chi force can contribute to happiness when the Chi energy flows.
Chi Factors Affecting the Human Body
The Chi energy flow reflects our state of mind, how we feel, how we think, and breathe. Conversely, negative thoughts can block the Chi flow, just as positive thoughts can build Chi. A Chi blockage effects our stress, the way we eat food, and how it gets digested. Sleep patterns and disorders are also a result of how the Chi flows. Chi blockage can result from stress, trauma and injuries. In extreme Chi imbalances – mental, emotional or physical problems may occur.
Chi Energy of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Is based upon the interplay of two polar opposites, creating a vibratory movement and Chi energy flow. These polar life energy forces, referred to as yin and yang, follow natural laws fundamental for all martial art and healing art principles.
Chi Used in Martial Arts and Healing Arts
The foundation of the Asian Martial Arts and the healing arts focuses on how Chi flows. Both Martial Arts and the Healing Arts channel and build Chi for strengthening and enhancing their practices. Martial Artists use the Chi force for self-dense, physical power, and other ways of moving Chi externally. The healing arts channel the Chi energy force for healing purposes internally. Both practices benefit from the cultivation of Chi – through exercise, diet, and creative, positive visualizations. Once a Martial Artist masters how to use Chi for self-defense, a skilled warrior will also learn how to use Chi to heal an opponent.
Building Chi, developing its healing potential, and strengthening the flow of the Chi force has been high priorities in the Chinese culture since ancient times. Chi Gong uses special internal healing exercises and meditations for building Chi, cultivating the life force and channeling it throughout the body. By strengthening Chi within your body -- through Chi Gong or Martial Art breathing exercises, you can use the heightened Chi force for healing yourself and others.