Qigong and PTSD


My Journey with PTSD

PTSD is in the media a lot these days, and many of us are dealing with it personally. People come home shell-shocked from wars and other violent experiences; these days there are many ways people experience various forms of trauma in their life. Some might experience a milder version of it. Many times, people don’t even realize they have PTSD until they are diagnosed, or become aware of the condition another way. They are stunned by it, or at least that was my own experience.

I had no idea that I was experiencing PTSD.

As a child, I experienced many different forms of trauma. Growing up in a culture where it was more acceptable to "think" than "feel" I learned early on to brush my feelings off. I had convinced myself that traumatic situations were normal, and that everyone probably experienced life like I had. I was surrounded by adults that just didn’t know how to communicate. Their assumptions about kids not needing to know ultimately created more stress and confusion for me and the other children involved.

It wasn't until much later in my adult life when I walked into a hospital (just as I did quite a bit as a child), I suddenly became aware of the smell of the hospital, the sounds of the monitors buzzing, the intercoms...and Immediately my body would go into what I now know as shock.

My body would start to get cold and I would start trembling. My mind felt slow. It was hard to relax. All I wanted to do was get in that crouched position. I felt frozen.

I would get to the point where my cognition would stop working and I couldn’t hold a conversation. I wasn't able to comprehend or understand what was happening. The first time I just brushed it off. I told myself it was just a weird bug or something. However, it happened again and again. This has been my reality for much of my early adult life.

As time passed and I developed more awareness through my meditation and qigong practice I was able to breathe through the intense waves of PTSD and keep myself from drowning in it’s grip. My nervous system still feels the shock from the traumas long ago, however, now with the help of qigong the volume and intensity is significantly lower.

Of all the techniques I have learned from qigong, I have found the Qi Empowered Breathing to be one of the best for situations dealing with PTSD. This intensive breathing technique mixed with a relaxed focus allows the mental awareness to drop deep into the nervous system and ultimately releasing the negative messages stored there. To learn more about PTSD and how qigong can help click the link below: www.healinginfusionsgroup.com

To understand more about PTSD and how it affects our nervous system Thomas Recommends reading "Waking The TIger: Healing Trauma" by Peter Levine                                                     

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Sleep Through the Seasons


Sleep Cycles

We’ve talked a bit about what you can do to get ready to go from autumn to winter and about a couple of things that you can do to get your body prepared. A lot of this information comes from a highly revered book called Huang di Neijing, "The Yellow Emperor’s Classic". This book is often considered the bible of Chinese medicine and how to live a healthy long life in harmony with the cycles of Nature. One of the topics mentioned that we have yet to discuss is sleep patterns and how the body needs different amounts of sleep through different times of the year.


In the summer, it is recommended that you stay up late at night and wake up early in the morning. This is because the sky is lit up by the sun from early in the morning until late into the evening, the Yang energy has reached it's fullest expression. As we move into fall, it is recommended that we go to sleep earlier and wake up in the morning earlier. This reflects that the Yang energy of the sun is waning earlier in the evening bringing more darkness or Yin energy. However, as we move into winter, we should still go to bed early (maybe even earlier than during the fall), but we should also stay in bed later in the morning. Yin energy has now reached it's fullest expression which is represented in the longer evenings and shorter days.


I remember a teacher of mine who used to say that the last hour you spend in bed during winter time can really help strengthen your kidney energy, not only in your lower back, but your knees, brain and bones. I don't think there could be a better recommendation from the doctor than to sleep in every morning. Now, for some of you, that might seem like an impossible task, however it's always "Good, Better and Best": If you don't have an hour, start with five minutes or whatever works for your schedule. Remember this ancient wisdom is a prescription, and if done regularly, it will build your immunity during Wintertime, ultimately making you healthier, stronger and happier. 


There are so many things you can do to protect your qi as the seasons change. For more practical tips, be sure to head over to the Healing Infusions group on Facebook by following this link http://bit.ly/healinginfusionsgroup