Chi Gong exercises help maintain health by creating a state of mental and physical calm, which indicates that the Chi is balanced and harmonious. This allows the mind/body/spirit to function most efficiently, with the least amount of stress.
Most of us are familiar with physical strength of muscles, and when we think about exercising, we think in terms of tensing muscles. Chi Gong practice is different. Chi strength is revealed by a smooth, calm, concentrated effort that is free of stress.
When you start practicing Chi Gong exercises, the primary goal is to concentrate on letting go, letting go, letting go. That is because most imbalance comes from holding on to too much for too long.
It is easier to prevent an illness than to remedy it. Chi Gong has powerful preventive effects. However, when disharmony becomes apparent, Chi Gong exercises can also play a crucial role in restoring harmony, even with serious illnesses such as cancer.
Chi Gong movement and postures are shaped by the complementary interrelationship of qualities such as fast and slow, hard and soft, excess or deficiency, and external and internal. Chi Gong exercises use these contrasting and complementary qualities to restore harmony to the essential substances, organ systems and channels.