Ba Duan Jin
Ba Duan Jin (eight excellent movements) emerged before the Song dynasty (960 - 1279 A.D.), and gradually developed to a perfect degree during the periods of the Ming (1368 - 1644 A.D.) and Qing Dynasties (1644 - 1911 A.D). Being a traditional health-promoting exercise jointly developed by the masters of the regimen and practitioners in the past dynasties, Da Duan Jin, the treasure of the Chinese regimen culture i8s popular with the broad mass, for its movements are simple and easy to learn and bring about good results in health-building.
Health Qigong Ba Duan Jin embodies the essences of different schools and preserves the formed movements and style in the main. On the bases of Modern Athletic Science and physiology, the order of the movements has been changed and the amount of physical exercise regulated reasonably, as to make it more suitable, effective and standardized.
The characteristics of movements of Health Qigong Ba Duan Jin are gentle, slow, smooth coherent, unfold and elegant; it couples tension with relaxation, activeness and quietness. Ba Duan Jin leads to good health by harmonious conjunction of mind, breath and movements.
Scientific studies show that Health Qigong Ba Duan Jin can enhance the functions of the respiratory, nervous and cardiovascular system, build up the cellular immune function and the ability to resist senility, adjust the psychological state, strengthen the limbs and joints, improve the equilibrium of the body.
The exercise can be practiced either in standing or in sitting.
Wu Qin Xi
Wu Qin Xi (Frolics of Five animals) was developed by Hua Tuo, the most famous doctor in Eastern Han Dynasty (25 - 220 A.D.). It imitates the actions of animals based on the habits of the tiger, deer, bear, monkey and bird and combines Tu Na (the art of expiration and inspiration) and Dao Yin (the movements of the limbs in Qigong) with the theories of Viscera, Channel and Collaterals, Qi and Blook in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Health Qigong Wu Qin Xi embodies the essences of the traditional Wu Qin Xi and combines the designed actions with the Aesthetics of the body and Modern Athletic Science. It presents the scientific concept and the character of the modern time sufficiently, and accords with the traditional principles of regulating the body, breath and mind in Qigong. As a result, it fits the needs of people to promote their health.
The movements of Health Qigong Wu Qin Xi are not restricted in the imitation of the behaviours of the animals, but try to represent the spirit of the "five animals". It simulates the power of the tiger, the ease and comfort of the deer, the steadiness of calmness of the bear, the dexterity of the monkey, and the agility of the bird. The movements are gentle and unfold, harmonious and symmetrical, and its extent of physical exercise is suitable for most people.
The result of a scientific study shows that Health Qigong Wu Qin Xi exerts an active influence on the people's physiological functions, the physical nature and state of mind. Moreover, after a period of practice, the functions of the cardiovascular and respiratory system are enhanced; agility of the joints improved, and the vigour and grip power strengthened, psychological condition and self-confidence are built up.
Yi Jin Jing
Yi Jin Jing (tendon-changing classic) is a method of health building exercise that comes down from ancient China, and its purpose is to strengthen the muscles and tendons. By the textual research, Yi Jin Jing germinated from regimes in the Qin (221 - 206 B.C) and Han (206 B.C - 220 A.D) Dynasties. Legend goes that the monk Bodhidharma, the founder of Zen in China, advanced Yi Jin Jing and then the monks in the Shaolin Temple developed it and used it for health promotion. In the Tang (618 - 907 A.D.) and Song (960 - 1279 A.D.) Dynasties, Yi Jin Jing developed greatly. It began to spread out of the temple from the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1664 A.D.). Yi Jin Jing has been greatly influencing the traditional Chinese national sports.
Health Qigong - Yi Jin Jing embodies the essence of traditional Yi Jin Jing 12 forms. It has been developed, simplified and standardized on the modern theories and methods of health science, so as to be a smooth and coherent set of movements. Hence it is of more remarkable characteristics in health promotion.
When practicing Health Qigong Yi Jin Jing, what should be emphasised is the movements of turning, bending and extending, pulling and drawing of the muscles, bones and joints, especially those of turning, bending and extending of the spine. These actions, characterized by elegant, natural and smooth movements, being in good taste, and coupling hardness with softness, benefit regulating and controlling the function of the spine. The Flexible postures, the point kept in the mind, and the frequency of breathing fit the needs of people of any ages and in different health conditions.
The result of a scientific study shows that Health Qigong Yi Jin Jing can improve the functions of the cardiovascular, respiratory and digestive systems, raise the balancing ability, and better the flexibility and force of the muscle, improve the mood, lessen the anxiety and depression. Also it plays an active role in healing some common diseases in the middle aged and elderly people.
Liu Zi Jue
Liu Zi Jue (the art of expiration in producing six different sounds) is a traditional exercise of health promotion. It is practiced through the art of expiration. Liu Zi Jue is of a long history and has been spread widely. Records of Liu Zi Jue existed in the Southern and Northern Dynasties (420 - 581 A.D.). During the process of its spread, the masters of medicine and regimen in various generations replenished and improved it in different aspects.
Based on the traditions Liu Zi Jue, by the related modern scientific theories and methods, the order of the six characters, the pronunciation and the degree of lip rounding have been regulated and standarized to make it more scientific and reasonable.
The six characters in the Health Qigong Liu Zi Jue form a whole entity, and each of them is independent as well, and may be practised separately. The respiration, pronunciation practice is being taken up with simple actions of Qigong. The respiration and actions can supplement and complement each other.
Scientific studies show that in general, the survival quality of the exercisers has been remarkably improved compared with that before they practice Liu Zi Jue. There is a trend of improvement i9n physical and psychological states, and in the human relations. Their family members live in harmony. Furthermore, the investigation about the healing of sick peoples shows that health Qigong - Liu Zi Jue is helpful to middle-aged and elderly people who suffer from certain chronic diseases.