Qigong is sometimes written as Chi Kung. Qi means energy and Gong means accomplishment or skill that is cultivated through steady practice. Together Qi and Gong – Qigong – means cultivating energy. It is a system practiced for health maintenance, healing and increasing vitality.
It has many health, fitness and well-being benefits and works on developing and improving the energy flows in the body. It has associations with acupuncture, shiatsu and reflexology.
Western exercise concentrates on cardio-vascular and muscular improvement. Qigong promotes many other health benefits in addition to these. Mental stimulation, memory training, relaxation, posture and mindfulness to name but a few.