Qigong for Spirited Elders

Author: Martinez B//Liu H//Eaton C//Nettekoven LA
Wen Wu School of Martial Arts, El Cerrito, CA, USA
Conference/Journal: 2nd World Congress Qigong
Date published: 1998
Other: Pages: 45 , Word Count: 202

Objective: To describe a model for incorporating the practice of Qi Gong within the daily routine of a long term, residential care setting. During phase 1 of the program, trained volunteer instructors under the supervision of a Qi Gong Master introduced residents ranging in age from 48 to 92 years to Da Yen Qi Gong exercises, meditation and acupressure self massage via weekly sessions conducted over a six-month period. The program components are designed to promote optimum health by improving the circulation of qi and the balance of energy within the body. An increase in mind and body awareness and improved self management of pain also help to enhance the over all functioning of the participants and to prevent any further deterioration in health status. Each participant received a handbook illustrating the movements and their particular health benefits. The second phase of the program involved training for on-site staff and selected residents. Strategies for encouraging staff and residents to assist each other in incorporating Qi Gong practice into their daily routine are also discussed. Within two months elderly practitioners began to report an increase in leg strength, muscle tone, joint flexibility and overall vitality. Additional self-report measures were collected at the conclusion of the program.