This page provides answers to the most frequently asked questions about Zu Qigong.
Although this technique works on the feet, Zu Qigong differs significantly from reflexology; there is no focused pressure applied to the feet, no thumb walking or reference to specific reflex areas and their related physiology and disease process. Zu Qigong is designed to work directly with the “energy system” as defined in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), encouraging the circulation of Qi or energy via the network of meridians / energy channels. Unlike classical reflexology, where clients can find the pressure applied slightly uncomfortable, Zu Qigong uses only a very light touch - calming and relaxing.
This is a very gentle therapy suitable for most people, and can help the body to recover from illness, surgery etc. However there are 2 specific contraindications for Zu Qigong.
You should be advised NOT to have a Zu Qigong treatment if you are suffering from the condition THROMBOSIS as there is a very small possibility that the blood clot, or fragments of it, may move through your circulation as a result of the treatment with potentially very serious or even fatal consequences.
Clients suffering from fever, and acute infectious illnesses are also considered to be unsuitable for Zu Qigong, you should wait until recovery is established before having a treatment.
There are several other medical conditions that may cause your therapist to have some reservations about treating you and will need to discuss this with you and plan your treatment accordingly.
Generally a Zu Qigong session lasts around an hour. However your therapist may decide to incorporate a shorter sequence with other therapies, treatment length will therefore vary. If time is limited or if the client is feeling quite poorly, the therapist will adapt the Zu Qigong sequence to suit the needs of the client.
Your Zu Qigong therapist will not diagnose or treat specific conditions.
Zu Qigong is a holistic therapy. It is not designed to treat specific conditions, but instead supports the body to adjust and repair itself. We know that the human body achieves the majority of its repair work during periods of relaxation and sleep - the deep relaxation that occurs during a Zu Qigong session, is believed to promote the healing process.
As the name describes - this technique is specifically designed to use the FEET as a gateway into the energy system of the body. Yes, as with classical reflexology the hands can also be used as a gateway, however translating the reflected energy pathways onto the hands is more complicated - making it very difficult to produce an accurate sequence. Additionally the 4 secondary Extraordinary Vessels all begin in the feet and lower legs, these pathways are important in the efficacy of Zu Qigong.
The most common effect of a Zu Qigong session is a feeling of deep relaxation, similar to the relaxation experienced during meditation. However, occasionally you may feel an instant lift in general energy levels, particularly if you have previously been feeling quite low in energy. Your experience is likely to vary from session to session dependent on the needs of your body at the time of treatment.
As this is a very gentle technique and care is taken to avoid overloading the energy system, it is rare for clients to experience any unpleasant side effects. If you have any concerns contact your therapist for advice.
Aftercare advice is similar to any holistic therapy; try to relax and avoid strenuous exercise for the remainder of the day, if thirsty drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol, minimise caffeine intake.