Chi Gung Diploma

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Welcome to the Chi Gung Course

Our Chi Gung diploma provides a fantastic insight into Chi Gung also known as Qigong.

The course will explore ancient healing beliefs, meditation and visualisation, body energy, the history, introduction to Chi, opening exercises plus much more.

In order to complete the course candidates must do the following:

  • Read all 10 Course Modules
  • Complete the Final Online Assessment

Good luck and we hope you enjoy the material!

Module 1 Ancient Healing Beliefs

Ancient healing beliefs vary widely depending on the culture and time period, but many involved the use of herbs, rituals, and spiritual practices to promote physical and emotional health.

Examples include traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine from India, Native American healing practices, and ancient Greek and Roman medical practices.

Some ancient healing beliefs have persisted to modern times, while others have been replaced by more modern medical practices.

Unit 1 Where Did It All Begin?
Unit 2 Popular Complementary and Alternative Treatments

Module 2 Meditation and Visualisation

Meditation and visualization are techniques used to cultivate a focused and relaxed state of mind. Meditation involves quieting the mind through breathing, focusing on a mantra or object, or simply observing thoughts without judgment. Visualization is a technique that involves creating a mental image or scenario, typically for the purpose of achieving a desired outcome or feeling.

Meditation has been found to have a range of health benefits, including reduced stress and anxiety, improved focus and concentration, and increased feelings of well-being. Visualization has been used to enhance athletic performance, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve self-confidence and motivation.

Both techniques can be practiced alone or in combination and are often incorporated into holistic healing practices, such as yoga and mindfulness-based therapies.

Unit 1 What is Meditation?
Unit 2 How to Meditate
Unit 3 When and Where to Meditate
Unit 4 What is Visualisation?

Module 3 Introduction to Chi Gung and Body Energy

Chi Gong, also known as Qigong, is a practice that originated in China and involves movements, breathing techniques, and meditation to cultivate and balance the body's vital energy, or "chi" (also spelled "qi" or "ki"). It is a form of energy work that is used to improve physical health, mental clarity, and spiritual awareness.

The concept of chi or vital energy is a central idea in many traditional Chinese and Eastern medicine systems, including acupuncture, tai chi, and traditional Chinese herbal medicine. According to these systems, chi flows through the body along pathways called meridians, and imbalances or blockages in this energy can lead to illness or other health problems.

Chi Gong practitioners use a combination of movements, breathing techniques, and meditation to balance and regulate the flow of chi in the body. This can involve slow, gentle movements or more vigorous exercises, depending on the specific practice.

There is growing scientific evidence to support the benefits of Chi Gong for a range of health conditions, including chronic pain, high blood pressure, anxiety, and depression. It is also used to improve physical performance and reduce stress.

Unit 1 What is Chi Gung?
Unit 2 Body Energy
Unit 3 The Human Body
Unit 4 Meridians
Unit 5 Mudras

Module 4 The History of Chi Gung and Where We Are Now

Chi Gong, also spelled Qigong, has a long history in China and dates back more than 2,000 years. It was originally developed as a form of Taoist meditation and exercise, but over time it evolved into a more structured system of physical movements and breathing exercises designed to improve health and cultivate vital energy.

In the 1950s, the Chinese government began to take an interest in Qigong as a way to improve the health of its citizens, and a number of standardized forms of Qigong were developed and promoted throughout the country. However, in the 1980s, concerns were raised about the safety of some Qigong practices and the government cracked down on the practice, banning many forms of Qigong and limiting its practice.

Today, Chi Gong is practiced around the world and has gained popularity as a form of mind-body exercise and complementary medicine. It is often used in conjunction with other healing modalities, such as acupuncture, massage, and herbal medicine, and is promoted for a wide range of health conditions, including chronic pain, stress, anxiety, and depression.

As more research is conducted on the benefits of Chi Gong, it is becoming increasingly recognized as a valuable form of exercise and therapy for a range of physical and mental health conditions. However, as with any form of exercise or complementary medicine, it is important to consult with a qualified practitioner and work with a reputable teacher to ensure safety and effectiveness.

Unit 1 The First Period
Unit 2 The Present

Module 5 Additional Skills

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Unit 1 Self-Reflection/Self-Awareness
Unit 2 How to Self-Reflect
Unit 3 Listening to Your Body
Unit 4 How to Develop Stability and Grounding Skills

Module 6 Introduction to Chi

Chi, also known as Qi or Ki, is a concept that originates from traditional Chinese and Eastern medicine systems. It refers to the vital life force or energy that is believed to flow through all living things. According to these systems, chi is the essence of all life and is responsible for maintaining health and well-being.

In traditional Chinese medicine, it is believed that when chi flows smoothly and evenly throughout the body along specific pathways called meridians, the body is healthy and balanced. However, when chi is blocked or deficient, illness and disease can occur.

There are many ways to cultivate and balance chi, including through practices such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, tai chi, and qigong. These practices are designed to help unblock or redirect the flow of chi and restore balance to the body and mind.

While the concept of chi may seem mystical or esoteric to some, there is growing scientific evidence to support the idea that practices such as qigong and tai chi can have real physical and mental health benefits. For example, studies have shown that these practices can reduce stress, improve balance and coordination, and help to manage chronic pain.

Unit 1 Chi
Unit 2 Chi Prayer Hands
Unit 3 Feeling the Chi During Breathing

Module 7 Preparation and Opening Exercises

Preparation and opening exercises are an important part of many mind-body practices, including tai chi and qigong. These exercises are designed to help prepare the body and mind for the practice ahead, and to cultivate a sense of calm and focus.

In tai chi, the opening exercise typically involves standing in a relaxed posture with the feet shoulder-width apart and the arms hanging naturally at the sides. The practitioner may take a few deep breaths and bring their attention to their body and breath, allowing any tension or distractions to fall away. This helps to create a sense of calm and presence, and prepares the practitioner for the movements to come.

In qigong, the preparation exercises may involve gentle stretching and warm-up movements, such as rotating the joints, shaking the body, or massaging specific points on the body. These movements help to loosen the muscles and joints, improve circulation, and stimulate the flow of chi.

Both tai chi and qigong may also involve specific breathing techniques, such as deep abdominal breathing or alternate nostril breathing, to help calm the mind and regulate the flow of chi.

The preparation and opening exercises can be a valuable part of any mind-body practice, as they help to set the tone for the rest of the practice and create a state of mindfulness and presence. They can also help to reduce stress and tension in the body and promote overall health and well-being.

Unit 1 Introduction
Unit 2 Health and Safety Considerations

Module 8 The Five Elements and The Associated Chi Gung Exercises

In traditional Chinese medicine and Chi Gong, the Five Elements (also known as the Five Phases) are an important concept used to understand the relationships between different aspects of the natural world and the human body. The Five Elements are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water, and each element is associated with specific organs, emotions, and other attributes.

In Chi Gong, there are various exercises and movements associated with each of the Five Elements, which are believed to help balance and regulate the flow of chi in the body. Here is a brief overview of the Five Elements and some associated Chi Gong exercises:

  1. Wood: The Wood element is associated with the liver and gallbladder organs, and with the emotions of anger and frustration. Chi Gong exercises associated with the Wood element often involve stretching and twisting movements, such as the "wood chopping" exercise, which involves swinging the arms in a chopping motion to release tension in the body.

  2. Fire: The Fire element is associated with the heart and small intestine organs, and with the emotions of joy and happiness. Chi Gong exercises associated with the Fire element often involve circular movements and deep breathing, such as the "heart opening" exercise, which involves stretching the arms and chest to open the heart center and improve circulation.

  3. Earth: The Earth element is associated with the spleen and stomach organs, and with the emotions of worry and overthinking. Chi Gong exercises associated with the Earth element often involve grounding and centering movements, such as the "horse stance" exercise, which involves standing with the feet hip-width apart and sinking into a deep squat to connect with the earth.

  4. Metal: The Metal element is associated with the lungs and large intestine organs, and with the emotions of grief and sadness. Chi Gong exercises associated with the Metal element often involve slow, flowing movements and deep breathing, such as the "dragonfly" exercise, which involves moving the arms in a sweeping motion to improve lung function and release tension in the upper body.

  5. Water: The Water element is associated with the kidneys and bladder organs, and with the emotions of fear and insecurity. Chi Gong exercises associated with the Water element often involve gentle, flowing movements and deep breathing, such as the "waterfall" exercise, which involves imagining a waterfall flowing down the back to release tension and improve kidney function.

Overall, the Five Elements and associated Chi Gong exercises can be a valuable tool for understanding the relationship between different aspects of the body and the natural world, and for promoting balance and harmony in the body and mind.

Unit 1 The Five Elements
Unit 2 The Five Elements and Chi Gung
Unit 3 Working with the Wood Element in Exercise

Module 9 Further Exercises and Case Studies

In addition to the Five Elements exercises, there are many other Chi Gong exercises that can be used to improve physical and mental health. Here are a few examples:

  1. Iron Shirt Chi Gong: This is a set of exercises that are designed to strengthen the body's internal organs and increase vitality. The exercises involve standing in various postures and breathing deeply to cultivate and circulate chi.

  2. Eight Pieces of Brocade: This is a popular Chi Gong set that involves eight exercises, each focused on a different area of the body. The exercises involve a combination of movements, deep breathing, and visualization to improve health and well-being.

  3. Tai Chi: Tai Chi is a slow, graceful form of exercise that involves a series of flowing movements and deep breathing. It is often practiced for relaxation, stress relief, and balance.

  4. Medical Chi Gong: This is a specialized form of Chi Gong that is used to address specific health conditions. The exercises are tailored to the individual's needs and may involve a combination of movements, breathing techniques, and visualization.

Here are a few case studies that illustrate the potential benefits of Chi Gong:

  1. A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that a six-week course of Tai Chi and Chi Gong reduced symptoms of depression and anxiety in older adults.

  2. Another study published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management found that a six-week course of Medical Chi Gong improved symptoms of fatigue and pain in patients with advanced cancer.

  3. A third study, published in the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, found that a 12-week course of Tai Chi and Chi Gong improved balance and reduced falls in older adults.

Overall, Chi Gong exercises can be a valuable tool for improving physical and mental health, reducing stress, and promoting overall well-being. As with any form of exercise or therapy, it is important to work with a qualified practitioner and consult with a healthcare provider to ensure safety and effectiveness.

Unit 1 Further Exercises
Unit 2 More Exercises
Unit 3 Case Studies

Module 10 Starting a New Business

Starting a new business can be a challenging and exciting endeavor. Here are some general steps you can follow to help you get started:

  1. Develop a business plan: This is a document that outlines your business idea, market analysis, marketing and sales strategies, financial projections, and other key information. A business plan can help you clarify your ideas, set goals, and secure financing.

  2. Choose a legal structure: You will need to decide on a legal structure for your business, such as a sole proprietorship, partnership, LLC, or corporation. Each legal structure has its own benefits and drawbacks, so it's important to research and consult with a lawyer or accountant to determine the best option for your business.

  3. Register your business: You will need to register your business with your state or local government and obtain any necessary permits or licenses.

  4. Secure funding: You may need to secure funding to get your business off the ground. This can include personal savings, loans from friends and family, bank loans, or investments from angel investors or venture capitalists.

  5. Set up your business infrastructure: This includes setting up a website, creating a marketing plan, establishing accounting and bookkeeping systems, and setting up an office or workspace.

  6. Launch your business: Once you have completed the above steps, you can officially launch your business and begin marketing and selling your products or services.

Starting a new business can be a complex process, but by following these general steps and seeking advice and support from professionals in the field, you can increase your chances of success.

Unit 1 First Steps
Unit 2 Marketing Your Business

Once you have gone through the course modules you need to complete the final exam.

Final Assessment

To get to this stage you should now have completed all 10-course modules and be ready to take your assessment tests.

We would strongly advise that you read through the entire course units more than once and make relevant notes where necessary ensuring that you have absorbed all the information.

The Test

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