Qigong for Relaxation.

Results of this study suggest that mental, as well as physical Qigong training, increases alpha activity and therefore induces a relaxed state of mind.

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Mar 01, 2017
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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28223957

Qigong comprises several techniques applied in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to strengthen physical and mental health. Qigong is commonly divided into static and dynamic forms. Static forms contain meditational techniques whereas dynamic forms afford bodily movements as a tool to direct practitioners’ attention.

Several electroencephalogram (EEG) studies have reported changes in spectral band frequencies during Qigong meditation indicating a relaxed state. Much less is reported on effects of brain activation patterns induced by Qigong techniques involving bodily movement. In this study, researchers tested whether (1) physical Qigong training alters EEG theta and alpha activation, and (2) mental practice induces the same effect as a physical Qigong training.

Results of this study suggest that mental, as well as physical Qigong training, increases alpha activity and therefore induces a relaxed state of mind.

Have a relaxed-mind sort of a day everyone :)

Namaste.

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Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS

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