You guys. I’m literally on Cloud 9. Or maybe even Cloud 10. No joke. I feel amazing. Why you ask? Because I experienced my first Qi treatment today and I literally feel like one of those Zen statues you see in hippie gardens.
So let me back up a minute and explain what Qi actually is. First of all, it’s pronounced “chi.” Like the hair tools.
Here’s what it is:
Qigong (also spelled Ch’i Kung) is a powerful system of healing and energy medicine from China. It is the art and science of using breathing techniques, gentle movement, and meditation to cleanse, strengthen, and circulate the life energy (qi). Qigong practice leads to better health and vitality and a tranquil state of mind (source)
I know this sounds a little out there. But hear me out.
I had an appointment at 4 and of course I was immediately sweating at 3:30 because I still had hours of work on my plate and no time to get it done (story of my life). Then my car was blocked in and took a solid 8 minutes to get out. Panic mode sets in. I was going to be late. Sped there. Still sweating. Seriously, it’s like 80 degrees. Pulled up. Had to pay to park. Of course. So I’m completely stressing out on my way to this zen adventure.
Then I walked in and met Allison and she was so laid back and calm and didn’t care that I was 8 minutes late (or if she did, she played it off pretty darn well).
We went back to the treatment room after I filled out some info and I laid down on a massage chair. She talked to me for a second and let me know that I may have some involuntary movements or fall asleep but that was normal. Then she went over my spine and then rested her hands and that’s when I literally went into a state of total relaxation.
I honestly have no idea what she was doing back there, I didn’t feel much just light touches, but OMG. I tried to pick up my foot at one point and it was glued to the table. There were a few moments where I felt that “falling” feeling, like when you’re falling asleep but I was alert. I really can’t explain it. But it was all in a good way. I kept thinking to myself I wonder if I’m hypnotized right now, I’m not even kidding.
I definitely dozed off but I woke up when someone knocked on the front door. She confirmed I was asleep (aka I was probably snoring like an 800 pound man) and then finished up and told me to sit up slowly so I wasn’t dizzy. At first I was like no prob, Bob, but then I sat up and it was like WHOA.
I’ve never felt so relaxed/zen/tranquil/dreamy. She explained this was a “qi high.” I wondered if this is what “runner’s high” feels like, which of course I would have no idea about. This is much more up my alley. She informed me I shouldn’t work out for the rest of the day (darn it!) and should drink lots of water. I was just like nodding my head with slobber running down my face like uh huh, whatever you say master.
Soooo long story short I’m going back next Monday and I can’t wait because it was just so relaxing. I think it’s so important when you feel stressed or anxious to treat yourself to something that helps you cope. For some people it’s a massage (don’t worry, I totes plan on booking one of those soon, too) but this is a really nice alternative.
I honestly wouldn’t recommend it if you’re not a free-spirit-type who doesn’t believe in energies and whatnot. I mean I’m not a total hippie over here burning incense or anything but I’m pretty open minded. I could see how it would kind of weird you out though if you’re not, so just something to keep in mind! If it does sound like something you would do, I would highly recommend Allison at Lightspace Chicago – she is amazing!
Have you ever tried qi? Are you the type that would try this, or does this sound like nothing you would ever do? Tell me everything! I’ll be back Thursday to discuss this totally crazy thing I’m doing for the next 30 days… I’ll see you then! Xo.