STORY BY JUDY CAMERON
ChiGung is one of ancient China’s mind-body healing practices that focuses on time-proven body movements and breath patterns that increase serenity and offer hope of true health.
ChiGung can boost your vitality, strengthen your immune system, help you out of pain and bring you lighter moods. It also helps with posture. You stand taller, look more confident and are less likely to fall when you learn your ‘neutral’ stance (or easier to get up, if you do.)
Similar to Tai Chi, which is a healing and self-defense practice, ChiGung focuses solely on healing our stressed minds and overworked bodies.
Notice that both disciplines share the word Chi (chee) which translates to universal wisdom — the life force — that animates and energizes us. ChiGung increases access to this energy so we have more available to live fully.
ChiGung has four parts: gentle hand and body movements, certain breath patterns, the mental intention to heal and sometimes sound (like Om.)
I was a research nurse at a large medical center for years but became disillusioned with western medicine’s methods, that I had helped develop. So, I began to investigate ancient practices that return us to balance. I used ChiGung to recover from a debilitating bout with Lyme disease, during which I nearly gave up hope. My tendons and joints had become extremely painful, so much so that I was, in effect, paralyzed. It was a life-altering experience to heal.
I’ve been a stress relief coach for 30 years because ancient techniques truly work, when practiced. I’d love to share this remarkable system with you, starting with the movements and theory through slides and then time to practice with soothing music. Compassion and ‘tuning-in’ to the Chi are major keys to health.
Judy Cameron has been a ChiGung instructor for 12 years and owns StressRelieversNow.com