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Qi, the vital energy of the body, tends to stagnate if you are physically inactive. In TCM, the stagnant Qi is the main cause of hundreds of illnesses, from muscle aches to stroke. Regular and proper exercise can help prevent Qi stagnation, thereby helping the body to maintain physical and mental vitality.

There are many forms of exercise that you can do, but it is important to choose ones that you can enjoy doing regularly and from which you will benefit the most. For some people, slow paced activities are most suitable, while others thrive on strenuous, high-energy workouts. If you have physical limitations such as tight muscles, torn ligaments, or weak bones, it is very important to consult with your health care practitioner prior to beginning any new exercise programs in order to avoid unnecessary injury.

At NOLA Acupuncture Wellness Center, we introduce simple and easy exercises suitable for most patients with physical limitations. According to their conditions, different types of stretching, movements, and breathing techniques will be introduced to individual patients.

 

  • Egoscue Method
  • Qi Gong
  • Yoga

Egoscue Method

Developed by Pete Egoscue, the Egoscue method involves a series of stretches that are uniquely designed for a particular dysfunctional postural alignment pattern. It focuses on establishing better postural alignment, not only during standing, but for sitting and functioning as a whole. The Egoscue method is not a hand-on therapy; instead, it is a self-adjusting therapy.

At NOLA Acupuncture Wellness Center, our practitioners will teach easy and gentle stretching with some quick muscle isolation appropriate for individual patients' conditions. With 15-20 minutes of self stretching and strengthening exercises every day, you can have better posture, better mobility, better balance and dramatically decreased body aches and pain.

 

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Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese health care system for health maintenance, healing and increasing vitality. The word Qi means the life force or vital energy that flows through the body as well as all things in the universe. The second word, Gong, means accomplishment or skill that is cultivated through steady practice. Together, Qi Gong means cultivating energy.

Qi Gong

Qi Gong is a combination of physical movement, breathing techniques, visualization, and meditation. The slow, gentle, and rhythmic movements of Qi Gong with coordinated breathing techniques reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality, and enhance the immune system. It has also been found to improve cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic and digestive functions. Western scientific research confirms that Qi Gong reduces hypertension and the incidence of falling in the aged population.

Qi Gong also creates an awareness of our being. When mind intent and breathing techniques are added to physical movements, the body, mind, and spirit can be harmonized and the benefits of exercise increase exponentially.

At NOLA Acupuncture Wellness Center, we focus regulating the whole body into a calm, relaxed and natural state through small movements, meditation and breathing techniques of the Qi Gong.

 

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Yoga

Along with meditation, Yoga is one of the most popular alternatives of healing therapy. Yoga aims for the integrity of the body, mind, and spirit through a system of postures, breathing exercises, meditation. On the physical level, yoga poses are designed to tone, reinforce, and align the body and are done to make the spine flexible, healthy and to promote the blood flow to all the part of the body, maintaining the system of the body healthy. On the mental level, breathing techniques and meditation are used to calm, illuminate, and control the mind.

While acupuncture treats specific diseases and disharmonies by unblocking stagnation in the organs and meridians, Yoga is a general exercise form that prevents disease by keeping the meridians open and the Qi flowing. Along with Egoscue method and Qi Gong, Yoga can be used as self-treatment for your body, mind and spirit.