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;
- 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
- Adopt a Qigong sitting posture, either on the floor or a chair.
- Settle into your practice with a few Abdominal Breaths.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Repeat the movement in 6 above, this time using the arms. And don’t forget to smile!
- Consolidate your practice with a few abdominal breaths.
Additional Video Resources & Further Tips
- Qigong for Hip Pain
- Qigong for Groin Flexibility and Hip Opening
- Opening the Gate of Life (Mingmen) – for lower back and Kidneys
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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