There are many chi-kung practices available. But, one of the more important chi kung practices to date is called Lift Chi Up & Pour Chi Down (LCUPCD). It is beneficial for several reasons. First, it is a short (twelve-minute) form that can fit into a busy lifestyle. Second, its unique movements will adjust and correct any spinal misalignment. Lastly, it will open the central channel and strengthen the nervous system.
This particular form was developed by Dr. Pang Ming. He is the founder of Zhi-Neng Qigong. The benefits of this form could be overlooked if one isn’t aware of its unique quality. If you can get out of your comfort zone and find a healer that will introduce you to this you won’t be disappointed. After taking a weekend workshop, I practiced daily for a month and was able to become self-sufficient in regards to adjusting my spine. I am sure my chiropractor misses me.
Dr. Pang is the first person that has brought a movement therapy that opens up the channels safely on the inner level. In ancient China, performing tai-chi also had an inner form too.
This inner form is a combination of breath work and visualization for opening up, what the ancient Chinese Acupuncturists would call the meridians, for better health. My instructor, Mingtong Gu, told us that when tai-chi was introduced to the west only the outer form (the physical movements) was given to the public.
- On an outer level this practice is the most skillful for adjusting the spine.
- On an inner level it releases pain and blockages in the body.
- On the deepest level it will open and widen the central channel.
If you would like more information visit the Chi-Lel Qigong website. I can’t recommend it highly enough. For best results, it is always helpful to find a certified practitioner who can properly instruct you on BOTH the outer movement and the inner form.
I haven’t been able to find a good version of this form online. The entire form should be performed (about 12 minutes) and done much slower than it is in the video below. Nonetheless, this particular gentleman depicts each movement fairly accurately. Check out his video on youtube: