(also spelt ‘Qi’) is the Chinese word for ‘life
force energy’, and is known as ‘Ki’ in Japanese.
It is the subtle energy which can be considered to be the fundamental
fuel for all life. The Chinese and Japanese have recognised the
central importance of Chi in mediating all the processes of life
for thousands of years.
Traditional Chinese medicine is based on
the key understanding that in a healthy body this subtle yet powerful
energy is being channelled to all the organs of the body on a regular
cycle – and that any blockage of this flow will inevitably
result in ill health and other disabilities.
Many traditional approaches to supporting
good health in Asia – including the age-old medical systems
of China, Japan, Thailand and India – emphasise that balance
is best maintained within the body through encouraging the flow
of this vital energy throughout the body. These approaches recognise
the wisdom in nature’s design, and seek to bring back the
healthy balance that children enjoy.
The body has a marvellous inbuilt capability
for self-correcting action, but this can become blocked through
habitual abuse – poor posture, poor diet, inadequate sleep
and rest, and excessive stress can all lead to failure of the body’s
natural self-regulatory mechanisms.
Many of the therapies we now enjoy in the
West – such as acupuncture, reflexology, shiatsu and the other
wonderfully invigorating forms of Asian massage - share this basic
understanding of the need to keep energy moving, and the inherent
capacity of the body’s systems to keep functioning efficiently
when given adequate exercise and other forms of stimulation.
Traditional Chinese Medicine aims to ensure
the smooth flow of chi through the body's meridians. This approach
is based on the belief that illness is generally caused by an imbalance
of chi - t'ai chi, for example, is practised daily by millions of
Chinese - more as a form of preventive healthcare than as a martial
It is believed that stimulating the flow
of chi energy helps to promote vitality and balance, eliminates
blockages and stagnation, adjusts metabolism, supports the body’s
systems to function smoothly and efficiently, and helps regenerate
the body’s energy reserves.
By stimulating the flow of chi, regular
use of the Surge of Chi Exerciser can help to bring balance back
to bodies suffering from stress and loss of optimum health.