In China, Qi Gong is one of the most common ways of keeping fit and healthy. If you go into any park in Beijing early in the morning you will see hundreds of people doing dozens of different forms of Qi Gong as their early morning exercise. And that’s not just the young people; one day I estimated the average age of Qi Gong practitioners in one park to be about 80!
Inner Qi Gong evolved from ancient Taoist movements, Tibetan Yoga and the western theory of Developmental Movement. Bill Palmer’s research into movement development showed that the ‘Energy Meridians’ of Chinese Medicine are exactly the pathways along which a baby learns to move their body.
When a baby develops a movement such as rolling or crawling, he is not only learning to move, but also building his mind. For instance, through crawling he starts to learn to be autonomous – if he wants something ‘over there’ he can go get it, instead of being dependent on somebody else to bring it to him. Through rolling he learns to integrate the different parts of the body so that they work together harmoniously.
In the same way, Inner Qi Gong works with these whole body meridians, re-teaching the different parts of the person to work together harmoniously and developing a unity between mind and body.
Inner Qi Gong also uses bodywork and voicework to help really experience these inner connections.