The Zu Qigong story began in earnest 7 years ago and little did I realise back then that this particular project would become such an all-consuming part of my life. It began quite simply out of curiosity, tapping in to my inner scientist, a desire to unravel the mysteries of reflexology. This curiosity eventually led me to study Chi-Reflexology which is based on the meridian system of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Wanting to understand more about TCM subsequently drew me in to the world of Taiji and Qigong and gradually the concept of bringing together reflexology and Qigong began – Zu Qigong. Over time Zu Qigong has developed and evolved, leaving behind its origins in reflexology, becoming an effective therapeutic modality in its own right, embracing a fully holistic approach that offers the therapist a different perspective when working on the feet, providing an alternative to the prescriptive clinical thinking that has become the focus of many contemporary therapy techniques.
Like most therapists, I work with clients who exhibit a wide range of physical and emotional symptoms, however rather than focusing on the specifics of each presenting symptom, I prefer to look at the bigger picture, i.e. the holistic perspective. For the vast majority of clients all their symptoms potentially originate from stress, the psychological and emotional overload that has become “normal” in modern society. Stress will affect each of us in different ways dependent on our genetic makeup and, as science is beginning to recognise, this response is also regulated by our epigenome. The epigenome being the switch that allows our genes to switch off and on, a system that is sensitive to the subtle shifts in the chemicals circulating within the body. As a therapist I cannot alter the day to day levels of stress present in the client’s life, however I can assist with relaxation. As the mind and body relaxes then the levels of circulating hormones and neurotransmitter chemicals will alter, allowing the body to “switch down” and establish an improved internal balance, which in turn encourages the inherent healing capacity of the body. It is not the therapist that heals, all healing comes from within, the therapist can only assist.
I personally find regular Qigong practice beneficial in managing my own stress levels and it was for this reason that I began to explore the possibilities of transferring the theoretical basis of Qigong practice, the meditative qualities, gentle fluid movements and mental focus into an accessible touch therapy technique and so Zu Qigong came about. This technique is not a miracle cure or a quick fix, it is about encouraging and supporting health and wellbeing. Clients report significant improvement in mood, improved sleep patterns, and their stress related physical symptoms gradually reduce. As a therapist I also benefit from this technique, I have none of the anxieties about what symptom to treat, what areas to avoid, no repetitive strain on hands and fingers and as an added bonus I’m left feeling just as relaxed as the client.
I cannot fully explain how it all came together, slowly falling into place piece by piece - Zu Qigong is the result of many, many hours of work. However, this work has little value if it is not shared with others and given the opportunity to grow and develop further. 7 years on, it is time for Zu Qigong to step out of the shadows and into the spotlight. A stand alone therapy or integrated with other techniques….simple, gentle and effective!
This website is aimed at raising awareness of Zu Qigong, its origins and ethos and will hopefully spark interest within the wider therapy community.
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