Just like yoga, qigong promotes self-healing and wellbeing through ancient wisdom passed down the ages.
By Evangeline Majawat
Dr Tan Soo Kong is a man on a mission. As the founder of Wellness Medical Qigong, he firmly believes that a balanced energy or ‘qi’ that is within us contributes to our wellbeing. Highly aware that some dismiss this ancient Chinese traditional healthcare practice as mumbo jumbo, he is keen to point out that his teachings are grounded in science.
As the practitioner and teacher of medical qigong, Master Tan has seen many wonders over the years. “We have witnessed many cases where the patient recovers much faster than expected and many so called medically impossible results happen,” he explains. Yet he is careful not to label those incidences as miracles.
“We always try to look at the incidences from a scientific point of view and enhance our healing protocol so that it can benefit more people. Often we need to understand Energy Medicine and Quantum Physics to understand such outcomes,” he says.
How It All Began
Qigong is an art that enhances qi energy circulation in the body. The practice involves a series of movements and exercises including regulated breathing, self massage and focused meditation.
Researchers believe the practice originated in China about 5,000 years ago. Practitioners say that the qi supports the physical body so a balanced qi results in a healthy body.
Tan divides qigong practice into four different types — medical, religious, scholar and martial arts. “Initially, qigong was practiced solely for health purposes, either to improve the practitioner’s own health or to help others achieve wellbeing through the qigong healing method. We refer to this form as medical qigong,” he shares.
About 2500 years back, the Buddhist and Taoism practitioners discovered that certain adapted qigong practices helped them inch their way closer to nirvana and their spiritual objectives. This was how religious qigong was born.
A few centuries later, martial arts qigong came into being when it was introduced to kung fu exponents at the Shaolin Temple to enhance their skills. It was also about the same time that a group of practitioners formed the scholar qigong to focus on their health.
Tan, who has practiced qigong since the 1980s, expounds the benefits of qigong to “maintain and improve one’s health, overcome ailments especially chronic ones, improve vitality and enhance energy levels”.
The Benefits Of Group Practice
Anyone can pick up this ancient art, according to Tan. “Qigong has no age limits. Personally, I’ve taught (practitioners) as young as 6 to those who are eighty. You should pick it up depending on your interests and needs.”
Tan says that qigong can be practiced alone or in a group but it is advisable for newcomers to attend several classes to master the basics first. Those who attend classes regularly also get the benefit of belonging to a community that has a shared interest and having continuous professional guidance to improve the practice.
“The corrective energy is always stronger during group practice than when you do it alone. Under such an environment, it is easier to enhance your individual internal qi,” he says.
Tan says that qigong is very popular in Malaysia and that the interest is still growing. While there has been no record of its entry into the country, the practice is not limited to the Chinese.
Answering The Skeptics
As a strong advocate of complementary medicine, Tan stresses that out of the 4 types of qigong, 3 of them — medical, scholar and martial arts — do not contain any religious elements.
“If a person does not have proper knowledge in complementary therapy, had bad experiences because of an unqualified practitioner or is unwilling to have an open mind, naturally this person will be skeptical about any complementary therapy like qigong and yoga,” says Tan.
“I wish to suggest that before (anyone passes judgment), he or she should get the facts right. For example, some people say qigong is related to religion. But the fact is other than religious qigong, the rest has totally no relation to religion,” he states.
Tan reiterates that medical qigong is grounded in science and can be explained in medical terms. Driving the point home, he points out that many of his Wellness Medical Qigong practitioners are doctors.
To contact Master Tan Soo Kong, please email MasterTan.WMQ@gmail.com.
Sidebar/Box Headline: Qi Communities
Interested in enjoying the benefits of qigong? Here is a helpful list of qigong clubs and centres you can get in touch with:
1) Wellness Medical Qigong
My Life Centre (Opposite PJ Hilton)
Unit 29 & 30, 3rd floor, Block D
8 Avenue Business Center
Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Telephone: +603-7958 3888
2) Emperor Meridian Health Restoring Qigong,
E-2-12A, Jalan PJU 1A/20G,
Dataran Ara Damansara,
ARA Damansara (Off Subang Old Airport Road),
Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Telephone: 019 2265 717
3) Persatuan Senaman Zhineng Qigong Malaysia
No, 2-17, Jalan Kajang Perdana 3,
Perdana Avenue, Taman Kajang Perdana,
43000 Kajang, Selangor
Tel : +603-8737 2011
3) Self Healing Qigong Centre
Unit P-2-13, Block P, Phase II, Plaza Damas,
Jalan Hartamas 1/70A, 50480,
Tel : +603-62016913
4) Yuanji Science Association
Lot 3A18, 4th Floor, Plaza Seri Setia Jalan SS 9/2, Sungai Way,
Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Tel: +603-7877 5973
5) Persatuan Guolin Qigong Malaysia
5-4 Tingkat 3, Jalan SP2/1,
Taman Serdang Perdana, 43300 Seri Kembangan
Tel: +603-8948 8775
6) Association of Zhineng (Qigong) Development Malaysia
3-3 Plaza Danau 2, Jalan 2/109F,
Taman Danau Desa,
Tel: +603-7980 0006