Lesson 78 – Qigong For Tight Hips & Back (Replay of Live Zoom Class)

Lesson 78 – Qigong For Tight Hips & Back (Replay of Live Zoom Class)

This video shows you some Qigong for tight hips and back which will help you with hip and back flexibility and also help improve circulation to your legs. It was taught by myself, Dr. Janice Tucker, the founder of the Space To Relax Programme of Qigong video lessons.

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Qigong For Tight Hips & Back – Introduction

Tight, stiff and painful hips and back and restricted movement in this area of the body can steal our joy!

We may find that we can’t move in the way we are used to doing, stand for any length or time or even be unable to sleep at night because pain keeps us awake.

If circulation through our back and hips is disrupted, we may also find that this reduces the blood flow to our legs with the resultant range of symptoms:

  • Cold legs and feet;
  • Varicose veins;
  • Fluid accumulation;
  • Heavy legs;
  • Numbness/tingling;
  • Cramps;
  • Leg ulcers;
  • Bunions ;
  • Easily pulled muscles.

If not too serious or painful, we can manage tight hips through stretches, massage and Qigong.

In the video on this page you can follow along with some simple Qigong for tight hips and back. The emphasis is on using your breath to gently lead the movement to encourage Qi and blood flow through your hips without putting too much stress on the area. You’ll also learn how to use your mind to place your awareness in your hips to stablise the whole pelvic area.

Note: Please take care to only perform the range of movement available to you without overstretching or causing yourself any pain. A small movement will still encourage the flow of Qi, along with the use of your breath and mind.

Qigong For Tight Hips & Back – Method

  1. Adopt a Qigong sitting posture, either on the floor or a chair.

  2. Settle into your practice with a few Abdominal Breaths.

  3. Let your exhalation move your body to one side, your awareness remaining in your opposite hip. Let the inhalation bring you back to upright, extending through your spine. Repeat on the opposite side. 3 times to each side. Repeat with your arm reaching across to one side, feeling the extension and flow of Qi from your armpit down the side or your trunk into your hip.

  4. Place your interlaced fingers behind your head. Let the exhalation lead a gentle bend to one side. Inhale. Exhale back to upright. Your awareness is in your opposite hip as you perform this movment 3 times to each side. Relax and shake out the arms and hands.

  5. Place your interlaced fingers behind your head. Let the exhalation lead a gentle twist to one side. Inhale back to facing forward. Your awareness is in your opposite hip as you perform this movment 3 times to each side. Relax and shake out the arms and hands.

  6. Place your hands on your knees/thighs. Exhale rounding in the lower back and shoulders, dropping your chin to your chest. Inhale slightly arching in your spine (a “cat cow” movement for those of you who practice yoga). Feel the slide and glide of the hips and pelvis foward and backward, the breath leading the movement.

  7. Repeat the movement in 6 above, this time using the arms. And don’t forget to smile!

  8. Consolidate your practice with a few abdominal breaths.

Additional Video Resources & Further Tips

You’ll find many other live lesson replays on my blog page. Take a look at some of them to find methods that you can easily combine with this one. You can use the search box on the blog page to find any topics you are interested in.

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What Can I Do Next?

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Qigong for Hip Pain

Qigong for Hip Pain

Hip pain can take many forms. You may feel it in the front of the hip, the back (in the buttocks), on the side (femoral head) of the hip, travelling into the groin, close to the skin surface of deep within the joint. Wherever it is, and whatever the cause, it is generally a good idea to keep the area mobile in order to promote circulation to the area and speed healing (unless your pain restricts your movement completely). In this article you’ll learn some Qigong for hip pain and how to promote the flow of Qi through the hip area so that the pain is reduced.

Janice Tucker is a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Medical Qigong. She is also the founder of the Space To Relax online programme of Qigong video lessons.

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1. Shaking Head and Wagging Tail Method

This method is part of the 8 Pieces of Brocade (Ba Duan Jin) method in my Space To Relax membership site of online video lessons. What you’ll see in the video clip is how to perform this method.


Use a horse stance, standing with feet about 3 feet apart, knees flexed and pushed outwards over the toes (do not let the knees drop inwards).  Place palms on knees.  Incline trunk of body to left (men) or the right (women) with head slightly lowered and look at the foot.  Raise body up, twisting into hips.  Lower body back down and sweep whole of trunk across to the other side (think of top of head as a lighthouse beacon).  Look at foot then raise body up, twisting into hips.  Lower body back down and sweep across to the other side once more.  Weight changes from one side to the other and hips are relaxed, following the movement.  Knees are bent all the time – do not lock the knee.  Maintain strength in legs but be relaxed in waist and trunk.

Finish the exercise by stepping together as palms turn to face the ground then placing one hand (right for women, left for men) flat over Dan Tian with the other hand on top.  Circle a few times in one direction and then the other to seal in the Qi.  Allow the hands to drop down by the sides of the body and observe any sensations or changes.

Take care if you suffer with high blood pressure or dizziness not to lower the head below waist level.

Exhale as you look at foot.  Inhale as body is raised slightly.  Exhale as you look at foot again.  Inhale as body sweeps across to the other side.

2. Using the Breath to Release Negative Emotions

Use Abdominal Breathing to exhale the pain out through your nostrils. Visualise it as a balloon that you are letting go and see it floating up and away into the sky. You can learn this method from a previous video I made. It is a very useful method of Qigong for hip pain or any other type of pain. Click here to watch it.

Where Can I Learn More?

If you would like to learn even more benefits of Qigong for hip pain then:

  1. Head over to my Space To Relax homepage. There you can sign up for a free 3 part video series of Qigong lessons. Once you’ve completed the free series you’ll have the opportunity to join my Space To Relax online membership programme of Qigong video lessons. This will allow you to take your practice to a whole new level where you will learn many exercises to eliminate health issues before they become a major problem. I’ll guide you step by step through many more effective Qigong methods. You can adapt all of these methods for the condition of hip pain, regardless of where you feel it.
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  1. Join my free Facebook group, “Space To Relax Free Qigong Group” and leave any comments or questions for me there. I’ll be happy to answer them. Also, by joining this group, you will receive regular posts of Qigong articles and videos with really useful tips about how to use Qigong to improve your state of health.