The discipline inherent in the technique is considered the supreme oriental science of body alchemy. In China, the discipline inspired by the experience of subtle bodywork is identified with the term “Qigong, (Chi Kung).
Commonly translated as “exercise of the breath,” in the Chinese language, the term “Qi” identifies the ability of air and food to transform themselves into elements that nourish energies. At the same time, the ideogram “Gong” refers to achieving a complete experience
For these reasons, the culture of Qigong incorporates different themes, being the result of empirical experiences of thousands of years, then supported by the scientific and anatomical knowledge recognized by traditional Chinese medicine. The discipline of Qigong has uncertain origins and had its beginning during the time of Confucian philosophical culture, then evolving in the natural alchemy of Taoism and integrating into the psychological study of Buddhist philosophy. In addition to this, it has developed in the context of all Chinese martial arts and integrated into the prevention protocols of TCM.
For this reason, Qigong adopts more than one strategy to permeate the subtle body of each student, using Taoist (Yogic) techniques, the culture of therapeutic massage, dietetics, and spiritual doctrines to educate the mind to the natural control of the body. Qigong, for these reasons, is the fundamental discipline of all Chinese fields and it is also a rehabilitative strategy in the Chinese hospitals, both to solve dysfunctions of the autonomic nervous system, asthma and problems arising from poor circulation; as well as for diseases that are rebellious to any other treatment. The primary purpose for a Qigong practitioner is to achieve excellent control of the mind over the body and its energies through a state of observational presence flowing naturally into one’s daily life.
At IACMA, Qigong and being integrated into the various educational contexts are proposed as a path of personal training, especially to therapists in general, to deepen the sensory knowledge of the body and that of others. The training path is divided into three levels: Operator, Teacher, Master.