Qi Gong is a general term that refers to energy movement.  There can be physical movement Qi Gong exercises that might look similar to Tai Qi.  There are also internal movement Qi Gong exercises that utilize breathing and concentration techniques in a sitting, meditative style.  Finally there are manual therapy techniques that is basically energetic hands on bodywork and  is also referred to as Qi Gong Therapy.

Qi Gong dates back thousands of years and like all Chinese Medicine can trace its roots to Taoist origins.   From the outside it might look similar to Tai Qi, however Qi Gong is different.  Tao Qi is a specific martial art, where Qi Gong refers to all energy exercises.

A variety of Qi Gong styles have developed over time.  In “Qi Gong Empowerment”  Shou-Yu Liang and Wen-Ching Wu identify 5 styles.

  1. Medical Qi Gong
  2. Taoist Qi Gong
  3. Buddhist Qi Gong
  4. Emitting, Absorbing and Healing Qi Gong
  5. Wushi Qi Gong

In medical Qi Gong, people do exercises that strengthen and heal various systems in the body. For example if someone has a weak digestive system, or weak lungs, weak immune system, there are different Qi Gong exercises to help with each issue.

All exercises, regardless of what style they fall under, (ex./ Medical, Taoist, etc.)  basically fall under 1 of 3 categories.

  1. Building Qi
  2. Moving Qi
  3. Transforming Qi

Jeff Jacob has been trained in various forms of Qi Gong and will both practice Qi Gong therapy and teach exercises when needed.