Qigong is Back!
" Steven and Darci Lemner are seriously the ultimate power couple! The energy they brought to my Reiki Level One and Reiki Level Two classes really made the classes more interesting! Steven is a natural healer and it is obvious that he has a passion for teaching and healing! Darci has a heart of gold, and watching her and Steven learn Reiki together truly made my heart smile! I look forward to seeing what unfolds for these two, as I know it will be EPIC!!"
Libberty Ann, Master Reiki Teacher
History of Reiki
Reiki is believed to have been associated with Mikao Usui who is credited with rediscovering the root system now called Reiki. His tradition and methods were passed through several grand masters of Reiki. Today, Reiki takes many forms, however, The Usui System of Natural Healing is still the form most widely practiced. Practitioners and Master Teachers are trained through an initiation process where Masters pass on their knowledge and expertise to their students.
Description of a Typical Session
What is Reiki?
Reiki is a spiritual healing art with its roots in Japanese origin. The word Reiki comes from the Japanese word (Rei) which means “Universal Life” and (Ki) which means “Energy”. Reiki is not affiliated with any particular religion or religious practice. It is not massage nor is it based on belief or suggestion. It is a subtle and effective form of energy work using spiritually guided life force energy.
Reiki is the life energy that flows through all living things. Reiki Practitioners understand that everyone has the ability to connect with their own healing energy and use it to strengthen energy in themselves and help others. It is believed that a person’s “ki” or energy should be strong and free flowing. When this is true a person’s body and mind is in a positive state of health. When the energy becomes weak or blocked it could lead to symptoms of physical or emotional imbalance.
A Reiki session can help ease tension and stress and can help support the body to facilitate an environment for healing on all levels – physical, mental, and emotional. A session is pleasant and relaxing and is often utilized for one’s personal wellness.
A session is usually 30 to 60 minutes long. A discussion will usually take place during an initial session with a Reiki Practitioner. They will describe the session to the client, give the client an opportunity to discuss any particular problems or issues they are experiencing and ask them what they are hoping to achieve from their session. For the actual session, the client will rest comfortably on a massage table on their back with their shoes removed. Reiki can be performed with the client sitting comfortably in a chair as well. Unlike massage therapy, no articles of clothing are removed and a client is always fully clothed; loose, comfortable clothing is suggested. A session can either be hands-on, where a Practitioner will apply a light touch during the session, or hands-off where they will hold their hands slightly above your body. If a client prefers not to be touched they can indicate this to the practitioner before they begin.
The session will then proceed with the Reiki Practitioner moving through specific standard Reiki hand positions beginning at the person’s head or feet. A recipient of Reiki might feel a warming sensation or a tingling during the session or nothing at all but sheer relaxation. The session should be very pleasant, relaxing and invigorating.
What is Qigong? (Chi Gong)
Qigong can be described as a mind-body-spirit practice that improves one's mental and physical health by integrating posture, movement, breathing technique, self-massage, sound, and focused intent. There are likely thousands of qigong styles, schools, traditions, forms, and lineages, each with practical applications and different theories about Qi (“subtle breath” or “vital energy”) and Gong (“skill cultivated through steady practice”) Called Ki gong in Korean
What are the Benefits of Qigong?
Qigong opens the flow of energy in meridians used in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. It enhances our ability to feel the Life Force underlying the physical world and to deepen our communication with it. Physically, slow gentle qigong movements warm tendons, ligaments, and muscles; tonify vital organs and connective tissue; and promote circulation of body fluids (blood, synovial, lymph). Thousands of studies have shown qigong effective in helping to heal life challenges ranging from high blood pressure and chronic illness to emotional frustration, mental stress, and spiritual crisis.
Helps Prevent Injury
Accidental injury can occur in many ways and joints and ligaments are particularly vulnerable. People habitually lock their joints when falls or accidents occur, and a locked joint is an easily broken joint. Ligaments can easily be overstretched in an accident and getting them to bounce back is very difficult. Qigong teaches better balance; it also teaches how to turn correctly without straining, to move your joints without locking them and how to relax during a fall. Qigong increases flexibility and the spring of ligaments. Qigong is like a good gentle stretch and an acupuncture treatment combined, which improves the circulation of ﬂuid’s and energy in the body to lessen the impact of injuries and allow more rapid healing.
Practitioners of qigong learn to avoid strain and stay well within their 70 percent capacity, and, in particular, not to over-strain if there is already some pain or restriction. Qigong balances energy and improves the weaker areas in people’s internal systems. The aim is to prevent the body’s “weak links” from causing problems down the road.
What is meditation?
Meditation is a mental exercise that involves relaxation, focus, and awareness. Meditation is to the mind what physical exercise is to the body. The practice is usually done individually, in a still seated position, and with eyes closed., but it can also be done with others from a couple, to a group. There are various forms of meditation. It can be seated, standing, even walking!
The Benefits of Meditation
Studies confirm the experience of millions of practitioners: meditation will keep you healthy, help prevent multiple diseases, make you emotionally well, and improve your performance in basically any task, physical or mental. Some of the benefits come as soon as with 8 weeks of daily practice; other benefits take longer to mature, and will depend on your intensity of practice.
Meditation is good for several things, and it’s different things to different people.
However, it is usually one of these three things that drive people to practice:
Specific benefit: improving your health, well being, performance, focus.
Growth: emotional healing, self-knowledge, self-discipline, letting go.
Spirituality: connecting with inner peace, and other spiritual goals.
Therapeutic Martial Arts
If your maturity is beginning to show and you are starting to feel the effects of aging, perhaps take therapeutic martial arts training into consideration.Contrary to popular belief, it isn’t just for the youth. Everyone has access to the knowledge and practice of martial arts, no matter what point in life we decide to start. Picking up martial arts as a senior is an amazing way to breathe new life into your exercise routines while learning something new. Our program is developed to meet the needs of those with physical challenges.
It is approached with modifications based on the martial art of Soo Bahk Do
What is taught?
Based on the needs of the individual, the session will focus on:
The techniques have been modified to meet the individuals needs and abilities, while maintaining
the core concepts of the
Korean martial art of Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan.
These can be performed standing
or sitting, in a low impact, stress reduced method.
Best benefits of martial arts for seniors.
It renews the mind, body, and spirit,Martial arts is considered a holistic approach to health and wellness. Strength and flexibility decrease past the age of 50, but martial arts specifically develops these traits through constant training. An increase in strength and flexibility, as well as an increase in lean muscle mass, does very well for seniors, especially those who lack daily physical activity.
It allows them to meet new people. Healthy and frequent social interaction is one of the most important human needs that we all have. This has to be satisfied, especially in old age. As seniors move into the retirement stage, their circle of friends tends to decrease, and they are no longer exposed to a normal working environment.
It slows down aging. As we get older, our bodies experience major changes specifically in balance, strength, posture, flexibility, and endurance.The main cause of these changes is mostly inactivity. The less we move, the more we age. It is a process called muscle atrophy. Furthermore,balance and posture worsen over time.