If you are here solely to purchase my book, Qigong in Psychotherapy, you can click on the book cover and go directly to that site. If you are wondering if you should buy it, you can review a PDF of the Introduction chapter which offers a good overview of the book. You can also download a PDF of an article I wrote, Breathing Lessons: Unlearning the Mindset of Therapy, in the Psychotherapy Networker (a professional journal) on how qigong not only changed how I work with clients, but how it changed me. The rest of the site is self-explanatory.
I have been a psychologist for over 20 years, and have studied many different therapeutic schools and kept up with the latest trends. All that education and training however, hasn’t dispelled my frustration of how long the therapeutic process takes to really be effective. I have searched for many years in alternative and nontraditional schools of healing hoping to find a more holistic approach to my work that was also more expedient. Many of these alternative modalities helped me personally, but rarely translated easily into something I could use with my clients. In 1996, I was fortunate to wander into my first qigong class. Since then, qigong has changed me both personally and professionally by showing me an incredibly powerful model of holistic mental health while teaching me that living a heart-centered life can be quite simple.
Qigong, an ancient Chinese healthcare practice that comes out of the Taoist tradition, has been used for over 5000 years. It is the forebear of acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Chinese martial arts. Qigong’s’ primary purpose has always been to promote a long and healthy life by balancing the energy in one’s body. Balancing one’s energy brings about a relaxed body and a peaceful mind, which in turn promotes good physical and mental health.
Qigong breathing is the primary element in this practice. Visualization and imagery are used extensively. Physical postures are used at times. When one learns to balance one’s energy through qigong breathing and visualization techniques, one becomes acutely aware of when those around one are out of balance. Healthcare professionals who practice qigong will recognize when to teach aspects of qigong to clients, and what to teach, such as a qigong breathing technique or a healing visualization.
This site is to help psychotherapists, their clients, and others interested in a holistic approach to mental health, to understand what qigong philosophy, science and practice looks like. It is also intended to help people make an informed decision on whether or not to take one of the classes I teach. Some may want to use the site primarily to follow the links or references to related research, books or articles.
In the next section I explain qigong more fully from the Spring Forest Qigong School where I trained and teach from. I discuss qigong and mental health and identify applications in psychotherapy. There is a section called resources, with research and references regarding the benefits of practicing Qigong, deep relaxed breathing, the use of visualization and imagery, and Eastern approaches to psychotherapy. After that, there is a list of my current classes accompanied by a PDF file that has the brochure and registration material for those classes. Lastly, I include a professional biography and different ways to contact me.
I hope this site is helpful!
"Practicing qigong is so simple and so powerful. You can not do it wrong. You can only
do it good, better, or best!"
-- Qigong Master Chunyi Lin.
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