This is a replay of a live session showing you a Qigong routine for Spring, taught by myself, Dr. Janice Tucker. I have been teaching Qigong for two decades and am the founder of the Space To Relax Programme of Qigong video lessons. I’m also a practitioner of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. You can join my live classes on Zoom every Thursday at 4 pm Irish time. Click here to join us (lesson replays sent out by email in case you can’t make it).
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Qigong For Back Problems – Introduction
I think you’ll agree that very few of us go through our lives experiencing no issues with our backs. At one time or another we may injure our backs lifting something too heavy. Many people around the world suffer from arthritis of the spine. Our jobs may involve lifting or sitting at a desk for long periods of time which can be detrimental to our posture and have a detrimental impact on our back health. The long and short of it is that back problems are common!
In this video you can follow along with some simple methods of Qigong for back problems and learn how to help relieve aches, pains and stiffness in your back.
1. Begin with adopting the correct Qigong stance so that your posture allows for the free flow Qi and blood throughout the whole spine (more details here).
2. Use Abdominal Breathing to calm the mind and prepare yourself for your practice, focusing on the back of the Dan Tian area around the lower back (more details here).
3. Holding your arms at shoulder level, move the arms in and out, rounding and extending the upper back as shown in the video. Remember to breathe and smile! 🙂
4. Relax your arms by your sides, turning from one side to the other, allowing your arms to tap the back of the body as you are moving. 🙂
5. Perform the “Looking Back Over Shoulder” method which is part of the Ba Duan Jin (8 Pieces of Brocade) method. This exercise regulates everything, especially the spine and the thighs. It is useful in the prevention of painful twisting and distortion of the spine. You can also help calm your nervous system and aid recovery from fatigue as well as regulate visceral Qi and blood. Looking Back Over Shoulder can help in the prevention and management of hypertension (high blood pressure). This exercise also benefits the eyes (because we look back). Headaches will also often be reduced.
6. Massage the lower back, buttocks and hamstrings to bring more circulation into these areas.
7. End this routine with a few abdominal breaths.
For more information on Qigong for back problems please refer to my previous video here. This gives you more detail on the “Looking Back Over Shoulder” method.
Previous Live Lesson Replays
Previous live lesson replays are listed below and can be found on my blog page.
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