Disclaimer: This website does not make any medical claims of cure, nor diagnose, prescribe or treat any condition.  This website recommends that everyone follow their doctor’s advice and consider Kahuna Healing as a complement only.

Introduction to QiGong

QiGong is best described as a moving meditation.   QiGong (pronounced chi-gong) is an ancient Chinese exercise and healing technique that originated in China about 4,000 years ago, involving meditation, controlled breathing, and movement exercises.  The literal translation of QiGong is “to work with Qi.”  QiGong is sometimes translated as “vital energy cultivation” or “mastery of your energy.”

QiGong is based on traditional Chinese medicine principles, which state that Qi, or energy, is present in everyone’s body and that a person’s Qi must flow throughout the body in order for them to feel their best.  If Qi becomes stagnant in a certain area, health problems can occur.

QiGong uses simple poses and breathing patterns to promote a healthy flow and reduce the stagnation of Qi. Proper practice and exercise to promote the flow of Qi can help the body engage its own healing processes.

There are many forms of QiGong practiced throughout the world. Some of these forms involve breathing and meditation to promote spirituality and health while others are more vigorous and include martial arts exercises. Tai chi, a widely practiced mind-body exercise, is sometimes referred to as a form of QiGong because it cultivates, moves, and helps manage Qi.

QiGong for Exercise or Healing?

For many of those who practice QiGong, it is an individual mind-body exercise, like yoga.  But there is also a form of QiGong that focuses on healing.

QiGong practices you do yourself can be distinguished from what is called external qigong, which is a practice that resembles distant Reiki healing.

In external QiGong, a QiGong therapist diagnoses patients according to the principles of traditional Chinese medicine and then uses “emitted Qi” to facilitate healing.

QiGong healing is seen as affecting the balance and flow of energy, enhancing functionality in the body and the mind.

QiGong can be described as a mind-body-spirit practice that improves one’s mental and physical health by integrating posture, movement, breathing technique, self-massage, sound, and focused intent. There are likely thousands of qigong styles, schools, traditions, forms, and lineages, each with practical applications and different theories about Qi.

QiGong exercises consist of a series of orchestrated practices including body posture, movement, breath practice, and meditation, all designed to enhance Qi.

What are the Benefits of QiGong?

QiGong opens the flow of energy in meridians used in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. It enhances our ability to feel the Life Force underlying the physical world and to deepen our communication with it.

Slow gentle QiGong movements can warm tendons, ligaments, and muscles, and vitalize vital organs and connective tissue.  QiGong can promote the circulation of blood, synovial, lymph, and other body fluids.

Thousands of studies have shown QiGong effective in helping to heal life challenges ranging from high blood pressure, chronic illness, emotional frustration, mental stress, and spiritual crisis.

QiGong has also been found to help reduce depression and relieve stress.  In a study, those who practiced qigong experienced less anxiety and better moods as compared to those who didn’t. QiGong was also shown to have positive effects on bone and cardiovascular health and improve balance.

QiGong may lessen chronic fatigue, a common disorder that causes extreme tiredness.   In a study, 64 people with chronic fatigue experienced improvements in their symptoms after four months of practicing qigong. They had better mental functioning and less fatigue than those who didn’t. If you’re tired all the time, and your doctor has ruled out any medical conditions, qigong could help.

QiGong may boost the immune response to fend off unwanted guests like viruses, bacteria, and diseases.   Several studies found that qigong had a noticeable impact on immune functioning. It increased levels of certain immune cells in people who practiced it regularly.

QiGong may improve well-being in people with cancer.  Many people who are undergoing cancer treatment need relief from side effects and the stress of treatment. Often, they turn to alternative medicine practices like acupuncture, yoga, or massage. QiGong may also help as well, and some evidence suggests that using qigong can help patients with cancer fight fatigue and mood disturbances.

Keep in mind that qigong is not an overnight fix. Like any exercise, you need time to master it to get the full benefits.

QiGong Training

QiGong is a general term used to describe a wide variety of training paths, which all have intrinsic benefits, but differ in areas of focus, intention, and methodology.

Under the umbrella of QiGong, there are two greater paths: primary cultivation and secondary clinical application.

QiGong Personal Cultivation: All QiGong paths begin as a personal journey of self-discovery through the use of movement, breath, and intention. Some practitioners may independently determine how and what to practice.

Clinical QiGong: Clinical QiGong Professionals, drawing upon their depth of training, study, and self-cultivation are able to effectively use Qi transmission methods and teach QiGong exercises and or meditations which are based upon a variety of systems to restore health and wellness.

There are a number of different paths of cultivation:

Health: Self-cultivation practice to prevent dis-ease and to improve, sustain, and maximize overall wellbeing.
Clinical: Practice where the teaching of self-cultivation and clinical applications are intertwined throughout a curriculum wherein clinical abilities develop as personal cultivation evolves.
Martial: Practice that increases one’s defensive and offensive martial abilities.
Spiritual: Practice to increase a practitioner’s connection to the transpersonal—heaven, earth, humanity, and source.

Scientific Support of QiGong

QiGong has not been widely studied for its health benefits, however, the personal practice of QiGong is not considered unhealthy, as it typically entails gentle movements and relaxation.

One of the largest studies involving qigong is the 2010 review of 66 studies totaling 6,410 participants, which was published in the American Journal of Health Promotion where researchers combined QiGong and Tai Chi studies in their review and found various positive results suggesting that both forms of exercise improve bone health and balance.

A 2007 study published in the Journal of Hypertension found that QiGong exercise had a mildly positive effect in lowering blood pressure, though the authors did state that further research was needed to confirm these results. The authors of a 2007 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine issues a similar statement after concluding that qigong exercise has a mildly positive effect in controlling diabetes.

Research is ongoing into the efficacy of QiGong as a complementary treatment for cancer patients.

QiGong Exercises for Beginners

Master Sio’s group sessions are great for beginners.  Visit the group sessions page to find the weekly schedule.

Below are some QiGong practice exercises you can do to practice and help to generate and replenish your Qi.

by Grandmaster Fan Xiulan

(Hands Always on Hips Unless Otherwise Indicated.)

1. Foot massage.  –  Left foot slightly behind Rt foot.  Lift heel, weight on ball of foot, roll outward, press down/roll back on side of foot, press down on heel.  3X’s

Turn foot on side, roll forward to toes, then roll in & down. 3X’s    Repeat with Rt foot both ways.

2. Knee Bends – Feet together, bend knees, tilt back, look straight ahead, keeping thighs and upper body in straight line.  3X’s.

3. Stand on outside of feet, bend knees, straighten up, weight on both feet. 3X’s.

4.  Knee Circles – 3 circles to the Rt.  3 circles to the left.

5. A. Feet close together, bend knees, open knees apart, pause, straighten up.  3X’s.

B. Feet close together, open knees and bend, close knees, then straighten up.  3X’s.

6. Hip circles – feet hip-width apart, circle hips to Rt 3X’s, hip circles Left 3X’s.

7. 3rd Finger in the chest cavity between 2nd and 3rd ribs, close to the breastbone (sternum), bend knees, circle elbows up so outside of hands brushes face as reach chin up then down to the chest and drag it back to original position 3X’s

8.  3rd Finger in chest cavity elbow circles Rt  3X’s.  Elbow circles Left 3X’s keep head straight. Moves make a Figure 8 pattern.

9.  Gather Chi, ending at dan tien w/ Rt hand closest to the body below navel area (left for men), leftover, push chi in.

10.  HAND EXERCISE (good for carpal tunnel). Hand open palms upward at sides, bend in each finger consecutively 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 as turn fist to the back.  Release fingers 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.  Relax hands, repeat 3X’s

11. Bow and arrow – one arm outstretched palm up, thumb up, rear hand side of chest palm open, thumb down, spiral to other side, switch arms, looking forward 3X’s (ALTERNATE ARM POSITION – rear arm bent overhead, palm faces outward)

12. Arms fully extended to sides, level. Keep spine upright. Push each hand alternately, palm pointing out, fingers to sky as far out as possible without moving spine. You should feel your shoulder blade stretching away from your spine, opens back. 3Xs each side.

13.  Hands over kidneys, bend knees, jut chin out and as you straighten knees drag chin in and up along your chest, to repeat 3X’s.

14. Side bends. Arms up parallel above head. Rt side bend, side bend left side, 3X’s each side

15. Forward bend.  Keeping arms above head, lock knees, bend forward at hip, reach arms out to touch the floor, drag fingers on floor toward you, up feet, legs, body, turn outside of hands together at dan tien, fingers pointing up. Continue hands up behind ears, turn palms forward as they go overhead. Repeat 3X’s.

16.  Bring hands down from overhead to dan tien, Rt close to body (left for men), left on top.  Push chi into dan tien.

17. Gather chi 3X’s, pushing chi into dan tien.

18.  Rub palms together, massage head, ears, face, scalp, neck, down chest, trunk, front of legs, up back of legs, trapezius, down each arm (turning over as you go down).

19.  Chest slapping, slap down body, front of legs, up back of legs, trapezius, down each arm, turning arm as you go.

* Hands in prayer pose, bow and smile to instructor and everyone else in class.

About Master Sio’s QiGong Healing Sessions

Here’s a little background that could be helpful to you during our healing sessions.

The best results come if you have zero expectations, stop setting intentions, forget about mantras, forget about focusing on this and that. Some other healing traditions advocate those techniques and that is well and good with their healing philosophy. I respect all traditions.

Mine is different from others I’m aware of. I ask only that you surrender to what is.

This healing modality is so simple yet majestic, deep, pervasive, and intense in its ability to manifest positive changes on levels physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. The connection is direct to Source.

I do not need to interview you as a client because you’ll be doing the healing yourself. I merely lead you to a place of absolute calm and stillness where you realize and accept just how powerful you are – powerful enough to perform healing on yourself.

I do not teach healing at this time, mainly because the way I learned Hawaiian Kahuna Healing was by assimilation, not by manuals or any verbal or written curriculum. I initially gained unusual insights as a tiny youngster by sitting quietly at my paternal aunt’s feet and watching what she did. She healed people just by looking at them. Later I acquired more knowledge by living with indigenous healing masters in New Zealand, Tonga, Fiji, Tahiti, Australia, Rarotonga, Vanuatu, Kiribas, Samoa, and, most recently, in Hawaii in the high cool caves of the Big Island.

In Hawaii, I lived in total silence (no talking) for over six months with four powerful kahunas (native healers) in various caves and lava tubes. Life on the surface seemed punishingly ascetic but in reality, it was the most sacred and profound way for them to pass on their art to me. 

I learned from kahuna who were indigenous Hawaiians born locally with a lineage of traditional healing dating back to pre-Western contact. I earned their trust and respect incrementally over time and I feel most fortunate to have received the privilege of living with the masters and to learn by assimilation.

In the beginning, it was tough not being able to speak to the masters or to hear them even, but in time I was amazed to discover I could actually “converse” with them without verbalizing.

I’m often asked why I request that people keep their eyes closed while I work. It is to help them relax and be more open and receptive to shifting their energy into high gear. Keeping their eyes open would be like having them watch a movie while I try to do the healing. It won’t work, at least not as effectively.

I do not burn sage or incense or perform intricate “chop, scrape and toss” motions or rituals as some healing forms require. In my tradition, all that is totally unnecessary. One becomes a healer after attaining an extremely high vibration which can be transmitted through the eyes, the hands, or simply physical presence with absolutely no physical contact.

Quite often when I walk into a workshop that has not yet begun, several people start swaying, some hands and feet move involuntarily, a few start to feel their bodies swaying, and so on. Occasionally in a restaurant, a person at the next table would exhibit similar behavior. I do not “amp up” my vibration in such instances. It just happens.

Healing can be performed on a person thousands of miles away, and I have clients living as far away as Germany, Africa, New Zealand and many states in the US. A personal 1-on-1 healing is always the most powerful but it isn’t affordable for everyone. However, some dramatic healings do occur in the group sessions as well, sometimes more so than in private ones. Many factors come into play and I shall delve into those in another email.

My healing works with or without music.

There is also some common sense involved. I wouldn’t, for example, choose as a setting the middle of a battlefield or a freeway. I play some “white noise” because it helps shut out distracting traffic and other dissonance. I sometimes chant because in Hawaiian it is a chant of gratitude for what we have to enjoy and, besides, it’s the favorite chant of one of the masters I lived within the caves.

I hope these thoughts may be helpful in your healing experience.


Master Sio