Kung Fu/ Health Promotions Instructor Ben Scharfenberger leads daily Qigong classes – literally translated as “energy work“. Qigong is an ancient system of health promotion and maintenance that blends movement, breath, posture and intention.
As a principle tenant of Chinese Medicine, qigong is similar to the notion of therapeutic exercise within Western biomedicine and yoga within Indian ayurvedic medicine. According to modern biophysics theory, the human body is most accurately described as an energetic system that is constantly transferring energy between itself and the outside environment: externally and between the body’s various organ systems internally. Qigong aims to maximize the relationship between the body’s center of gravity and the constant play between gravity and ground reaction forces, which the Chinese eloquently describe as the energy of “Heaven” and “Earth.” By properly developing one’s “center,” through consistent qigong practice, all energy exchange becomes increasingly efficient and the body itself is developed into a singular integral unit.
This coordinated integration of the human experience, generated from long term qigong practice, enhances well-being and yields many health benefits, most notably the anti-aging and longevity effects celebrated within many qigong lineages. Other health benefits include enhanced functioning of the body’s cardiovascular, respiratory, immune, neurological, and muscular-skeletal systems. Qigong practice has also been noted to enhance feelings of calm and focus, as well as improve the general psychology of the practitioner.