Zu Qigong is a new therapeutic approach initially developed during 2011/2012. It came about as a result of Elspeth Fare of Footpath Therapies studying Qigong and Tai Chi. Zu Qigong combines the basic principles of Reflexology and Chi-Reflexology with certain aspects and theories of Qigong.
Why "Zu Qigong"?
Zu (pronounced zoo, also sometimes written Tzu) is the Chinese word for foot/feet
As discussed below Qigong can be interpreted as meaning "working with energy". Working with the energy meridians is the basis for this technique. The technique is a fusion of Reflexology, Chi-Reflexology and Qigong i.e. Foot Energy Work hence the name Zu Qigong.
What is Qigong?
"Qi" - means Energy, Vitality or Life
"Gong" - means Working With, Developing or Cultivating. Qigong can therefore be interpreted as Working with energy - Developing vitality - Cultivating life
Qigong - pronounced "chee kong", is the collective name given to forms of movement and exercise that are designed to work with the "energy system" of the body. Qigong is a self help approach, using exercise and breathing, to harmonise and balance the energy flow within the energy network of the body. These exercises are regarded as being fundamental in helping to maintain good health and achieving longevity within Chinese culture & Traditional Chinese Medicine.
The Development of Zu Qigong
Studying Qigong was a natural progression for Elspeth, following on from Chi-Reflexology which combines the principles of classical Reflexology with aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Chinese Philosophy, working with the energy or meridian sysetm of the body.
Essentially Chi-Reflexology is designed to work with the 12 main energy lines / meridians / channels, often referred to as the organ meridians. Qigong also works with the energy system of the body. However through her Qigong studies Elspeth learnt that there are in fact 20 major energy channels; i.e. in addition to the 12 meridians related to specific organs or functions there are a further 8 meridians known as the Extraordinary or Extra Meridians.
By applying the information gathered about the 8 Extra Meridians to the theories and principles of Chi-Reflexology, Elspeth believes it is possible to work directly with these Extra energy lines and it is this technique that she has chosen to call Zu Qigong. This technique enables the Reflexology practitioner to work with all 20 major energy meridians providing a more complete and deeper therapeutic outcome.
Zu Qigong can be used as a "stand alone" therapy or combined with Chi-Reflexology or other Reflexology techniques.
(The above information is based on theory, there is currently no published scientific evidence to prove or indeed disprove these theories. However the Chinese have been using the meridian / energy based approach in their healthcare for thousands of years with great success which would suggest that Western society has much to learn. These techniques should not be dismissed simply because we have not yet devised a scientific system to analyse this approach)