Chi Kung and the Healthy Tree Hugger

In China for thousands of years one of the means of staying healthy has been the practice of Chi Kung, a series of exercises that works not only the muscles, but massages the internal organs and stimulates the “chi” or life force energy. Your chi can be cultivated for your own personal health but can also be passed on to another as a means of healing.

Zhan Zhuang, pronounced “Jan Jong” is a unique style of Chi Kung which is highly energetic and develops our internal energy in a very efficient way, instead of consuming it.

Zhan Zhuang means Standing Like a Tree and this moving meditation has only 5 well-balanced standing positions which increase the flow of energy and build up internal strength, making it both effective and efficient.

These 5 postures; Send out Roots, Enter the Heartwood, Branches Reach for Heaven, Stand in the Stream and Sway in the Wind, can be performed in as little as 10 minutes a day with great results. You will find yourself feeling more vital and your energy recharged because the Zhan Zhuang system is based on a unique fusion of relaxation and exertion which stimulates, cleanses and massages the whole body.

This form is a part of my personal practice and I have taught it as well. For best results I’ve found that doing the movements in nature, close enough to a tree that you are within the spread of its canopy, allows you to not only stimulate your own chi energy but to tap into and draw energy from the tree or the forest around you. It is no surprise that this form of Chi Kung is practiced by Taoists who believe in the Way of Nature.

Give it a try and find out how hugging a tree can feel healthy and revitalizing.

For more about this wonderful form of moving meditation see Master Lam Kam Chuen’s book The Way of Energy.

To get a look at this form check out YouTube video at the attached link.


Luminous & Healthy: an Intro to Energy Healing

What does it mean to be Luminous & Healthy? An Introduction to Energy Healing.

“Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you; here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere.” – Yoda

Since ancient times it has been known that there is a Luminous Energy Field that surrounds the physical body. It is sometimes referred to as the light body or aura. In the Hindu tradition they refer to this energy as prana. This tradition also tells us that there are 7 major energy centers located on the body known as chakras. These chakras are openings in the Luminous Energy Field. When the human body is healthy these chakras are clear and spin at a specific rate or vibration and the energy flows unhindered. Traditional Chinese Medicine calls this energy chi, or life force energy. TCM also tells us that the human body is covered by a series of energy pathways called meridians through which the chi flows. When the human body is healthy the chi flows unobstructed throughout these meridians.

Throughout our daily lives stresses be they mental, emotional, physical or spiritual can leave their mark on our energy system as negativity in our aura, sludge in our chakras or blockages of our meridians. The goal of Luminous & Healthy is to open blockages of the clients energy centers so that the luminous energy may flow freely once again allowing the body to return to its natural healthy state thereby healing itself.

But Luminous & Healthy is more than healing. Once healing has occurred an on-going process of regular upkeep is required to maintain health. We provide a variety of tools for you to be able to begin or enhance an already healthy lifestyle.

“Easing Pain and providing Tools for Transformation and a Luminous Life”