Zu (pronounced zoo) is the Chinese word for foot/feet.
Zu Qigong translates as Foot Energy Work
Zu Qigong offers a gentle and effective technique for working on the feet. With this technique the therapist can step back from the clinical focus of many contemporary therapies and apply a simple, holistic philosophy. No repetitive strain on the therapist’s hands and fingers, no diagnosing or treating specific symptoms, an unconditional and gentle exchange of energy (Qi), providing a mindful, relaxing, and meditative experience for client and therapist alike.
Zu Qigong applies the theories of Qigong combined with the basic underlying principle of reflexology i.e. the concept that different points on the feet correspond to specific areas of the body. However, this technique 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. It is this energy system that is used in treatments such as acupuncture and acupressure massage and provides the theoretical basis for the exercise disciplines of Taiji and Qigong. Although the meridian pathways remain scientifically unproven, Eastern physicians have successfully applied the theories involved for centuries.
In Zu Qigong the feet are viewed as providing a gateway to the 20 main energy channels, giving access to the 12 Regular Meridians and the lesser known and deepest channels, the Eight Extraordinary Vessels. When applying the 5 elements theories of TCM, the Zu Qigong therapist does not diagnose, stimulate or sedate, and there is no requirement to memorise the location of numerous acupoints. This technique is designed specifically to encourage the natural flow of Qi, applying a gentle sequence of movements and light touch.
Zu Qigong can be used as a stand-alone treatment or blended with any reflexology or body work technique. Suitable for a wide range of clients, the gentle, calming, and deeply relaxing effects make it a useful approach to offer clients suffering from stress related ailments and is particularly suitable for vulnerable client groups such as the elderly, palliative care patients, and children.
Qualified therapists with an interest in energy work and those working with clients in hospices, care homes and day centres may find Zu Qigong a useful addition to their skills set. Zu Qigong may also be of interest to therapists working in the Spa industry where deep relaxation is the desired outcome for clients.