This track uses qi gong inspired exercises to target the organs for the belly and pelvis and upper extremities of the body. These exercises focus on breathing and being aware of what your body is feeling both prior to and post exercise. This “consumer comparison” is vital in helping the patients establish a baseline for what they are feeling. The use of this awareness technique helps patients to physically experience the change that can be induced from performing these exercises. Upper Qi Gong uses a variety of exercises targeting the upper regions of the body including: spinal cord breathing, qi self massage, and muscle sponging.
Spinal cord breathing is an exercise that focuses on moving the whole upper body in tandem with the breath. As you breathe in you arch your spine backwards and as your exhale rounding the spine forward. The movement of the breath acts as a guide for the spine, creating the link between the breath and the movement of the body.
Qi self massage is a tactile exercise used to stimulate the nerves of the upper extremities by use of the patients own hands. This stimulation is achieved by tapping on the muscles and joints of the upper part of the body to help heighten the awareness of these areas. This heightened awareness helps to relax and loosen theses muscles that can experience a lot of tension due to stress and chronic pain.
Muscle sponging is another exercise that helps to stimulate the muscles of the upper body. The patient physically squeezes the muscles of the neck and arms to help with the awareness of how these muscles are feeling. The image of squeezing and releasing a sponge is used to help the patient visualize tension leaving the muscle.
These exercises are a more dynamic approach to imagery and relaxation techniques and can be used with patients who are looking for a more “exercise” based approach to relaxation and imagery.
Purchase of this track includes both the audio track as well as a visual exercise sheet aid for patients.