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OCT 2018

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dayspamagazine.com • october 2018 • [ 53 ] tension. Hands may fl oat up and gently drop back down with the fl ow of breath, arms may swing while twisting at the torso, or weight may shift between each leg while the arms move as if pulling a slow-motion bow. "Anybody can just bend and lift their knees; the secret of qigong is feeling that deep connection," adds Diane Chase, certifi ed Mogadao qigong instructor at Sunrise Springs Spa Resort in Sante Fe, New Mexico. "In fact, I call it tree-gong sometimes, because you want to feel like a tree grounded to the earth." When Abrams teaches qigong, he starts by establishing the essentials of practice, setting participants' posture and making sure their spines are lengthened. He also focuses on what he calls "the 10,000 dramas," or being mindful of your thoughts. "We often spend our time dwelling on the past or the future. Qigong isn't about that; it's about being present and very mindful of how we step, how we breathe, how we fl ow," says Abrams. Participants may arrive feeling tense, but they leave totally relaxed. Medical Qigong One of the four main branches of TCM, medical qigong activates the same energy channels used by acupuncturists, but without needles. A typical session starts with a discussion about health concerns, and the patient lies fully clothed on a massage table. The practitioner performs an energetic scan of the body, and then uses their qi to energize the meridian pathways and unblock stagnant energy by moving and hovering their palms across the client's physical and energetic form. "The goal is to balance the system and restore harmony to all levels of one's being—body, spirit and mind," says Linda Burquez, DMQ, doctor of medical qigong therapy and fi tness instructor at Spa Solage in Calistoga, California. "If someone has a particular concern, like digestion discomfort or a stomach ulcer, then I'll focus on those specifi c points." Table sessions are mostly hands off , but that doesn't mean clients don't experience results. "Some people can feel what's happening in the moment, others just report deep relaxation," says Burquez, who concludes sessions by COURTESY MOHONK MOUNTAIN HOUSE

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