Chi Kung is an ancient practice which originated in China. It is made up of two characters: “Chi” could be translated as energy, and “Kung” means work, practice, study. It is one of the five pillars of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture, Massage, Phytotherapy, Nutrition and Chi Kung).
Through the practice of Chi Kung we can balance our body, our energy and our mental/emotional area; these are the three areas that need to be interconnected and work in balance with each other and with the external influences of nature, allowing us the capacity to influence this balance when any disharmony appears.
Globally speaking, through Chi Kung we can work in three different ways, and this is what is referred to as cultivating the 3 Treasures: Jing, Chi and Shen.
- When speaking about Jing (Essence), we are referring to the constitutional aspect, the genes that have been passed on to us by our parents. This is the most dense energy of the three, so it can be associated with the body and structural areas of the human being. In this case the work is centred on strengthening the body and clearing the channels.
- Chi (Energy) refers to the energetic area. In this section a thorough work is carried out which implies different breaths and sounds that can influence our organic system. Moving Chi is especially emphasized, combining smooth and slow movements with others that are more dynamic and vigorous. The key here is to nourish the organs.
- Shen (Spirit) refers to the mental and emotional areas. This is possible through concentrating and living the emotions that surge from the exercises. Cultivating this area develops our cognitive capabilities, our stability and emotional balance. In this area we will concentrate on calming the mind and regulating emotions.
Through balanced work in these three areas, we can strengthen our bodies before dangerous climatic factors, harmonize the energy in our organs and calm our minds, attaining an integral health.
The Three Treasures are inseparable and complementary, since all Chi Kung exercises consider all three aspects, although we can emphasize the work on one of the three according to a specific need or following the advice of a qualified instructor.
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