Martial Arts and Healing Arts
Martial arts and healing arts go hand in hand. For millennia, martial artists have trained as healers, and healers have studied martial arts.
Both cultivate subtle awareness and understanding of the energetics of body mind and spirit.
Exercises that are used to develop martial power and extraordinary abilities of mind and body, have also been used to improve health, prevent illness, and treat a variety of conditions.
Balance, harmony, strength, balance, peace of mind, proper alignment, concentration, memory, adaptability, agility, fulfillment, strong bones, healthy organs, good digestion, awareness, quick recovery time, healthy immune system, mental and spiritual well-being...
These are attributes of a good martial artist, just as they are measures of good health.
Martial arts training has, over the centuries, developed many profound methods for improving health, strengthening the body and mind, and reducing stress. Some of these methods have been adopted by various healing modalities, just as various healing exercises have been incorporated into martial arts practice.
While martial arts, particularly internal styles like tai chi, are renowned for their health benefits, there are also a great many “qigong” or “neigong” exercises that have no direct relationship to martial arts:
- Medical qigong exercises are designed specifically for certain medical conditions.
- Daoist qigong exercises are for more general health and longevity.
- Buddhist qigong focuses on specific mental and physical abilities.
- Healing qigong exercises are designed to train people to heal others.
- Martial arts qigong is meant to enable a person to prevent injury, increase vitality, and develop extraordinary abilities of the mind and body.