Updated: Jun 10, 2020
The immune system is a network of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to protect the body and defend it against foreign invaders that cause infections. If you have a compromised immune system, you will be more susceptible to catching the common flu, cold, autoimmune diseases, and several types of health ailments. You can strengthen your immune system with Gyrotonic and Qigong.
Here’s a look at what these two gentle exercise methods are and how they can help improve your immune system, as well as the overall quality of your life:
Gyrotonic – What it is and how it works
Gyrotonic is a form of exercise that addresses the entire body, stimulates the nervous system, increases the range of motion, and opens energy pathways. It is a training method that creates functional strength through very rhythmic flowing movement sequences.
As an exercise that is based on the natural movement patterns of the body, combined with the principles of dance, tai chi, swimming, and yoga, Gyrotonic focuses heavily on the flow of movement and engages all body parts, and this works wonders for strengthening your body and your immune system.
Gyrotonic engages and strengthens different types of muscles, while also aligning the nervous system function with muscle activity to produce exact movements. It promotes awareness of how to maximize the use of deep core muscles to maintain a healthy spine.
People with muscle injuries and those who are engaged in regular intensive training and workouts also often practice Gyrotonic since it is known to facilitate muscle recovery and prevent injuries by reducing inflammation and strengthening the body’s defenses. A strong, healthy, and well-coordinated body can be achieved with Gyrotonic. Besides, Gyrotonic has many health benefits, including:
· Articulating the joints
· Improving the flow of energy
· Stimulating the acupuncture points
· Building stamina and strength
· Increasing your overall health and guiding you towards a healthy lifestyle.
Qigong – What it is and how it works
Qigong (pronounced as chi-gong) is a very ancient Chinese form of exercise. It is also a healing technique that involves controlled breathing and mindful movement exercises. The main aim of Qigong is to promote movement in the body. It is dynamic and done by stretching and twisting energy channels in the body, involving coiling movements. These coiling movements have the ‘massage’ effect on the internal organs and squeezing toxins out from them. Relaxation and deep breathing are also part of essential practices in Qigong.
In Qigong and Chinese medicine, the immune system is believed to be connected to our “Wei Qi” – the protective energy that filters into our body and helps fend-off all harmful energies that come our way. Wei Qi is also beneficial to the health of our lungs and skin. So, you will find that many of the Qigong practices for immunity and resilience-building include breathing exercises.
Stress and anxiety can take a toll on our immune system. Stress and anxiety also drain our bodies of Wei Qi. So, another essential part of Qigong practice is to dedicate a certain amount of time daily to let go of stress.
Fifteen minutes of Qigong can boost your immunity considerably. It is a beautiful exercise form to stay healthy and energized. Qigong is also an immediate remedy and a great way to give your immunity a sudden boost when you are just beginning to feel sick.
Qigong practices are known to cultivate the immune system. Some exercises are especially valuable to give you resilience when your immune system is threatened. Studies have proved that there is a considerable increase in white blood cells immediately after Qigong training.
The importance of a healthy immune system cannot be stressed enough. The only way to protect your body from viruses and bacteria and other foreign bodies is by ensuring you have a healthy immune system. There is no doubt that both Gyrotonic and Qigong are beneficial exercise methods to boost your body’s immunity. Both exercise forms improve your physical, mental, and emotional health, and they both work the physiological system from inside out. With daily practice of these methods, you can significantly improve your immune system and prevent common diseases and infections.
Please keep in mind that while both Gyrotonic and Qigong are beneficial to your overall physical, mental, and emotional health, neither of these exercise methods are meant to replace treatments suggested by qualified doctors.