Stress Reduction for ADD/ADHD
Qigong for ADD/ADHD
What my clients have said ....
“This is the most relaxed I’ve been all week!”
If you have ADHD or are a non-ADD spouse or parent, you may often feel:
Scattered …Overwhelmed …Always rushing to catch up …Frustrated … Impatient …Thinking the worst …Tense …Inadequate or guilty …Anxious …Discouraged …Not able to enjoy life or take care of myself because there is always so much to do…
If you can relate to the words above, you may be interested in what has helped me and many of my clients lessen those kinds of feelings and improve our overall health and well-being. It is the practice of Qigong.
What is Qigong?
Qigong (pronounced chee gung) is a Chinese self-healing art consisting of moving, sitting, or standing meditations. It uses relaxation, inner focus, positive thoughts, visualizations, and often conscious breathing in order to reduce stress and improve mental and physical health. It develops our present moment awareness and ability to concentrate. Qigong is considered a branch of traditional Chinese medicine and there are many different forms of Qigong. It is closely connected to Tai Chi, although it is often quicker to learn. In China, millions of people practice Qigong every day to improve their well-being. It is considered a valid form of medical treatment. Qi or chi means life energy. Gong means practice or cultivate. So in order to reap the rewards of Qigong, we have to practice.
As well as practicing the miovements and meditations, we can incorporate Qigong into our daily life by becoming aware of our posture and breathing, relaxing the body, being mindful of what we are doing or thinking in the present moment, and adjusting our thoughts and behaviors to be more positive, healthy, and peaceful. This is a challenge, but even doing a few of those actions can make a big difference to the quality of our lives.
How is Qigong Helpful for People with ADHD?
Qigong often includes graceful, moving meditations which can be healing for a restless body. It incorporates visualizations which fit with creative, bright minds. It promotes sustained attention and focus, deep relaxation, and anchors us to our bodies, which is so important when our thoughts are all over the place. And it balances and improves life energy (qi) in our organs - including the brain.
A University of Miami School of Medicine study showed that Tai Chi/Qigong helped reduce ADHD symptoms in adolescents. According to the research, thirteen adolescents with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) participated in Tai Chi/Qigong classes twice a week for 5 weeks. Teachers rated the children’s behaviour on the Conners Scale during the baseline period, after the 5 week class, and 2 weeks later. After the 10 Tai Chi/Qigong sessions, the adolescents displayed less anxiety, improved conduct, less daydreaming behaviors, less inappropriate emotions, and less hyperactivity. These improved scores persisted over the 2-week follow up.
"If you want to be healthy and live to 100, do Qigong." ~Dr. Oz
Would You Like an Introduction to the Practice?
I’ve been practicing and studying Qigong for over 13 years with a variety of masters and teachers. I am certified to teach Level One Zhineng Qigong and am a practice leader of the active exercises of Spring Forest Qigong. Some of my clients enjoy incorporating relaxation, meditation, and Qigong into our ADHD coaching sessions. And some of them just like doing the meditations because they find them so helpful. If that sounds interesting to you, please contact me. We can talk about your situation and explore the possibilities. I look forward to hearing from you!