In my last post, I talked about just what this elusive concept of Qi is and how we can understand it with our Western brains. In all of my Qigong Meditation classes, whether live or recorded, I explain this concept in depth because having a foundational understanding actually improves the quality of your practice. So, now that we understand what Qi is, just what is Qigong?
First, let me make a confession: Qigong is just Qigong. The term ‘Qigong Meditation’ is completely made up by yours truly. But because Qigong is relatively obscure to the West, calling to light its meditation component, which IS very real and very powerful, helps to make it more understandable and accessible to people who might just brush right past it. Remember, I think this stuff is absolutely life-changing and if embellishing the name just a little bit helps you feel amazing and get and stay pregnant, then I’m all for it.
Okay, now just what is Qigong? As I already described, Qi (氣) is that motive force that propels all of the metabolic actions in our body- the foot on the gas pedal. ‘Gong’ (功) is a term in Chinese that basically means work, the type of work that you put time and effort into. Taken as a whole, we can then understand Qigong as this art of building and circulating our energy.
What does this have to do with fertility? Everything. If you’re not already getting acupuncture during your fertility journey, you probably know someone who is. Acupuncture has been widely studied and proven beneficial for enhancing fertility, for regulating menstrual cycles, relieving pain, and improving outcomes in medicated cycles with timed intercourse, IUI, and IVF. And while I could drone on about how this works from a Western medical point of view, the fact is that acupuncture is an energetic medicine, and it is working with your energy. Acupuncture points are just places along energy channels in the body where I can tap into your energy, or your Qi, to address a whole host of concerns.
When you practice Qigong, you’re tapping into that same energy that the acupuncture needles access, the only difference being that instead of somebody else doing it for you, you’re doing it yourself. Neat, huh? It’s also a great way to boost the effects of your acupuncture treatments in between clinic visits.
The simplest way to understand disease in Chinese medicine is as an energy blockage (although in practice, there’s a little more involved in it than just that). The impact of those energy blockages can play out on our fertility as cycle irregularities, endometriosis lesions, immature eggs, and poor uterine lining growth, among other things. In the same way an acupuncture needle can help move those energy blocks, so too can Qigong, and it does so in a way that is also deeply calming at the same time, even if you’re super type-A and think you can’t meditate.
Whether you’re just looking to improve your energy and enhance your health, or if you’re at your wit’s end with fertility stress, Qigong can help you. I offer courses you can do at your own pace that address your needs, no matter where you are on your family building journey. You’re reading this because you feel like something needs to change. This, my love, is it.