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Neigong’s Health Benefits And Generating Powers

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For the most fervent practitioners, while the process of embodying ever-deeper levels of neigong and the internal arts practice can be a lifetime quest, at each step of their progress, the health benefits connected to its practice significantly increase. Several students prefer form over content, but it is the internals that supercharge the forms of bagua, tai chi, and qigong, which make all the health benefits and generating powers possible.

The practice of Neigong begins with physical movements that stretch the soft tissues of the body (ligaments, tendons, fascia, and muscles) via several progressive and systematic procedures. The second level is all about knowing how to control the fluids of the body that, with constant practice, can enable practitioners to eventually gain access to the energy that fuels their body. The intent of the mind in the third level can be applied to move chi at will – this is where the fun really begins.

When we exercise the body on three different levels—chi, fluids, flesh/nerves— it enables us to free up both longstanding and generalized stress, which at each layer is bounded by tension. This power to control all three on demand and at will is the equivalent of using a key to unlock the mechanisms of the body that enable deep relaxation. This is because:

o Fluids (e.g., cerebrospinal, synovial, interstitial, lymph, and blood); are moved by energy and the body is moved by fluids.
o The fluids and nerves are where energy moves the strongest.
o The body operates by fluids and nerves.

Together, the three phases produce a proper synergy and feedback loop that can give you access to ever-deeper levels of your being since basic techniques of neigong are designed to open and relax the body, allowing you to let go. Each development stage may take several years or even decades to adequately develop. There’s no way to only understand and skip just one stage on a superficial basis in order to advance to the next more complex stage with any amount of success. The ability one attains with each and every level will be contained within and set the stage for the next. Therefore, one can either totally unravel or multiply the outcomes that can be achieved at the more advanced and deeper stage. The same holds true for all students.

Practitioners can attain four important goals on a well-balanced diet of form and content:

o Understand simple to complex formwork or choreography.
o Build certain threads of essential neigong
o Combine formwork and neigong in more intricate patterns and at even higher phases.
o From the outset, improve the possibility of experiencing health and power-generating benefits.

There are there are two main streams that are best separately cultivated and together to gain mindful control over bodily functions in the early stages of neigong:

1. Developing and contacting the pulse (close and open).
2. Manipulating and contacting the soft tissues;

When working with the soft tissues, there are five apparent levels to consider, whereby one is an advancement from and broadens on the depth offered in the preceding level.

For working with the soft tissues the five levels are:

1. Stretching and bending from the inside out and the outside in;
2. Stretching along the yin and yang body surfaces, and wrapping the torso’s soft tissues;
3. Rotating or turning the torso, legs, and arms;
4. Spiraling the soft tissues;
5. Twirling the soft tissues;

As with all the processes of neigong, a hierarchy of training dictates the learning process. This is meant to manipulate the soft tissues for power generation and health. For moving the soft tissues there contains a couple of groups of components or areas of development.

The two components, with their respective sequence of learning, are:

1. (Basic) Stretching and Bending; (Intermediate) Wrapping/ Lengthening
2. (Basic) Rotating/ Turning; (Intermediate) Twisting; (Advanced) Spiraling

One must begin with stretching¬-bending and rotating since these methods:

o Form the groundwork for the more advanced work.
o Enable you to gain control over your soft tissues that then allows you to progress to the next level.
o Begin the process of body consciousness.

Attaining the above is just some of the ways you must take to put your mind literally inside your body to keep alive and stay in touch with the soft tissues of your body. Regardless of what internal art(s) one practices, manifestation of these vital neigong is an essential vital part of one’s foundation. Consciously getting control over your soft tissues with the intent of your mind is just an initial step that can turn into the ability of cultivating and manipulating your chi.

Jamie Catlett is an acupuncturist in Jacksonville, FL and the founder of Jacksonville Acupuncture Clinic.

Written by Valerie

November 6th, 2018 at 12:50 pm