Q Tip # 13: Qigong Flu Shot

October 10, 2013 0 Comments
You've Got the Flu When your back is broke and your eyes are blurred. And your shin-bones knock and your tongue is furred, And your tonsils squeak and your hair gets dry, And you’re doggone sure that you’re going to die, But you’re skeered you won’t and afraid you will, Just drag to bed and have your chill; And pray the Lord to see you through For you’ve got the Flu, boy,  -J.P. McEvoy

You’ve Got the Flu
When your back is broke and your eyes are blurred.
And your shin-bones knock and your tongue is furred,
And your tonsils squeak and your hair gets dry,
And you’re doggone sure that you’re going to die,
But you’re skeered you won’t and afraid you will,
Just drag to bed and have your chill;
And pray the Lord to see you through
For you’ve got the Flu, boy, -J.P. McEvoy

There are signs, notices and bill boards all over town reminding us to get our annual flu shots.  It’s up to you and your doctor whether you get your shot.  I have no opinion.

However,  the arrival of flu season does allow me to share a fun story about the “Qigong Flu Shot”.  There is a Chinese legend that a person performing 1000 “flu shot” sequences per day will live forever.   Just 100 a day will insure a long, healthy life.

The “Qigong Flu Shot”  is a two-part form that coordinates swinging arms and rocking feet to pump up circulation and oxygen exchange to stimulate the immune system, then shaking to move energy through your system.

Form One:

Stand with your feet shoulder width apart.

Palms are at your sides, facing up.

As you raise your arms and hands to shoulder level, rock up on your heels.  Breathe in.

Once your hands are shoulder height, turn your palms over.

Lower your palms back to your sides, while lifting your toes. Breathe out.

Pump your arms, coordinating with your feet.  Use caution not to over extend yourself or lose your balance.

Repeat the movement in groups of twenty, counting the times your hands come up to shoulder height as one repetition.  Do at least twenty, but don’t overdo it at first.

 

Form Two: 

Complete sequence by shaking your entire body for two to three minutes.

Stand erect, shake your arms, your head, your torso, your legs and rock up and down with your feet.  Shake slowly, shake faster, then slow down.

While I haven’t actually heard of any Chinese immortals, that doesn’t mean that this isn’t a quaint story.   I started doing the sequence in September and three things are true.  1.  I haven’t gotten the flu.  2.  I have fun doing it.  and 3.  I’m still alive.

Enjoy your qigong flu shot and smile thinking of that immortal little monk standing outside his cave faithfully doing his 1000 repetitions.

See you in fifty years. Namaste, Becky.

 

Disclaimer:  This post is not medical advice.  I’m not a doctor.  I don’t even play one on TV.  This post is offered simply for the joy of moving our bodies in ways that bring joy to our souls.

 

Filed in: Q Tips, Qigong • Tags: , , , ,

Leave a Reply