The 5000 years old ancient Daoist Medical Practice Comes to Europe
“Ralitsa, you should finally start listening to your body!”, - told me the doctor, desperately trying to convince me that my unbearable neck pain and all kind of lightheadedness, wooziness, and vertigo that I have experienced lately are psychosomatic and my physical body is perfectly healthy.
But I couldn’t understand because I thought that I can listen to my body. I massaged her, I loved her, I talked to her, I relaxed her, but she didn’t want to listen to me. She was exhausted and painful. My body wanted me finally to understand that it is intrinsically connected to my mind. And even though I was a healthy, loving, successful mother and wife, I was simply living too fast. I always wanted to be the best, the prettiest, the most intelligent, the “Oh, I can do this” 24/7. And I have always thought that this is me and I am simply like this. When I started regularly having muscle pains and migraines, I didn’t stop. Oh, no, how could I? I used to think that I know everything better. I decided to strengthen my body and put myself under diets and exhausting sport activities. The symptoms worsened, but I still didn’t want to believe that my body wants rest, and this doesn’t mean sleep but dynamical rest, rest in every single move, rest during every active second.
Resilience and Happiness Depend on Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness
It was a hard time in my life, but then Qigong stopped on my way. This is a 5000-year-old ancient Daoist Medical practice combining moves, stances, breath, and auto-massage techniques. Qi means energy and Gong means the refined skill. Qigong means in general the ability to cultivate, keep and move energy through your body.
The 1st thing I learned was Gratitude. Gratitude to myself. I did have the right to slow down and move slowly, think slowly, deeply relax my bones, organs, and muscles. The 2nd thing was Empathy. I was emphatic also before starting to do Qigong, but the practice helped me realize the importance of it. Did you know that there is also a self-empathy? This includes the development of self-awareness, discipline, and sensitivity to self-suffering. And the 3rd important thing for me was Mindfulness. Concentrate on the positive things, handle tough times with grace and acceptance and find the balance.
White Tiger Qigong
I have chosen to study Daoist Medical Qigong (part of the Traditional Chinese Medicine) and become a certified Qigong instructor at the White Tiger Qigong school because they explain the practice from today’s point of view. They teach the basics of Traditional Chinese Medicine, including acupuncture points and meridians, but at the same time explain the efficiency of the practice through modern sport science and fascia knowledge. This helped me a lot to understand what is going on in me on physical and emotional level. And this is what I would like to pass to my students. Through the physical practice, to become their “own doctor” and understand why sometimes we experience physical pain and emotional imbalance.
The 8 Trigram Organ Qigong: Healthy Back, Better Life
The Qigong that I am teaching and will be teaching in the next 6 months is called the 8 Trigram Organ Qigong. It comprises 8 connected moves that massage gently but very efficiently all internal organs. The dedicated moves and stances have been especially created to wring out the toxins from the internal organs and improve blood circulation. This happens through wringing and coiling of the meridians. These are the energy channels. When there is a blockage, the Qi and blood cannot flow and that’s why we experience pain. But if we know how to break this blockage and as soon as the blood and Qi start freely flowing, the pain will disappear.
This sequence especially targets spinal health. According to the Traditional Chinese Medicine, all organs are connected to the spine. If we have back or neck pain, this has an impact on our overall health.
My mission as a Qigong instructor is to support women in their daily lives. Teach them how to make their physical bodies cope with the emotional charge that can cause stress, anxiety, and pain. We, women are much more prone to the develop psychosomatic symptoms as headaches, muscle pains, gastrointestinal issues, and dizziness than men. And I was there. And I am still there. I still have my dizziness and neck pain and bad days, but I know what to do to feel better. And it is not the disorder that controls my life, it is me who controls my disorder.