THE SECRETS OF QIGONG [2005-11-06]
Of all the benefits of Qigong, perhaps the least talked about is the improvement in sexual health that can be achieved. Most people practise Qigong to improve their general health while others seek Qigong only after contracting serious diseases and cancer, hoping that Qigong can help them recover from these problems. Very few know that harnessing qi can have other exciting benefits.
The three best secrets of Qigong are that it can improve sexual health and sexual life beyond your dreams; it can help you slim while recharging your body with qi or life-force energy; and also that it can be an excellent meditative and spiritual practice.
SEXUAL HEALTH & PEFORMANCE
In a previous article I wrote that sexual health is an important indicator of overall health and aging; and that the ability to achieve and maintain erections often correlates with poor cardiovascular health in men. Sexual wellbeing is also a major component of holistic wellness that includes physical, mental, psychosocial and spiritual wellbeing. The importance of Qigong in maintaining sexual health is expected as sexual energy is qi.
Here are some exercises ( for both sexes ) that you can try:
1) SEXUAL / PELVIC ROCK
Stand in the basic Qigong stance ( see previous articles ). Place the middle finger of the right hand on the symphysis pubis ( middle of the pelvic bone above the sexual organ ) and the middle finger of the left hand directly behind on the lower sacrum. Then gently rock the pelvis to-and-fro while you send the qi ( if you cannot feel qi, just imagine the energy flowing ) between your two fingers. Once the qi flows it will automatically flow in a circular motion.
Whether it goes in a clockwise or opposite direction depends on your sexual dominance at that moment. For a man, having a Yin sexual dominance does not mean you are effeminate and prefer a male sexual partner, but it means that you tend to be more passive. Likewise, a woman with Yang dominance is likely to be more sexually aggressive and dominant. But the dominance may change at various times. It will be good if a couple has opposite dominances so that their sexual encounter will be complementary and just perfect.
For beginners, the gyrations will be slow and gentle. However, if the qi really flows in you, and you "let go", the gyrations will be rapid, and if you allow it to continue long enough, you will reach orgasm. Most of my audiences think that I am joking when I mention this during demonstrations, but this is really true. To spare myself the embarrassment of getting "wet" on stage, I always stop the demo early!
2) SEXUAL SQUAT
This exercise also increases qi to the sexual organs while strengthening the legs, the vagina, the urinary sphincter and the anal sphincter. Strong legs are important for good sex. Strong vaginal muscles are crucial for sexual enjoyment ( for both partners ) and also prevent utero-vaginal prolapse. Strong urinary sphincter function will prevent urinary incontinence, especially in women who have given birth ( more so after menopause ). Strong anal sphincter muscles will prevent hemorrhoids and faecal incontinence.
Stand in the basic Qigong stance, but with your feet turned slightly outwards. Slowly raise your arms, with the palms facing upwards and close to the body, to the chest level while inhaling. Then turn your palms downwards and slowly exhale while you gently bring your arms down and bend your knees to the squatting position ( semi-squat if you find full squatting difficult ). Then turn your palms upwards and slowly return to standing position as you inhale again.
Tighten your pelvic muscles ( tighten your anus, bladder-sphincter, and for women, the vagina as well ) as you go down and exhale, and relax when you straighten up and inhale ( in other pelvic muscle exercises, you tighten the pelvic muscles while you inhale, and relax as you exhale ).
Repeat at least 6 times. Your aim is to repeat 50 times as you build your qi and strength. Once you are familiar with this exercise, you can upgrade to the advanced version by doing it while standing on your toes!
3) DRAGON BREATHING FIRE
In the basic qigong stance, slowly raise your arms forward to shoulder level and clench your fists as you tilt your buttocks backwards, tightening your pelvic muscles, and inhaling at the same time. Do chest-breathing and fill your chest fully. Finally, the male dragon thrusts his pelvis forwards as he forcefully breathes out "fire" through his mouth ( with a "huh!" ), and pulls his arms back down in a forceful motion. He feels sexually powerful, macho and dominant.
The female dragon is of course gentler. She breathes out the fire slowly ( with a "haa..h" ) as she relaxes the pelvis and the arms to the original starting position. She may even be smiling and enjoying the movements. She feels sexy, docile, and satisfied.
Repeat this 6 to 50 times. This exercise can also be done while sitting down.
SEXUAL / PELVIC QI MASSAGE
Massage is an important component of improving sexual health. There are masseurs who specialize in helping those with sexual problems, or improving those who consider themselves "normal" but want to excel.
I know a masseur who used to massage his son's penis since the child was small. I circumsized the child when he was 7 years old, and found that his organ was even bigger than the average adult penis. This illustrates the value of massage in improving the blood flow, lymphatic drainage, and qi flow to the sex organs ( both sexes ).
I will not describe the massage techniques here, except to mention some of the techniques for men, with names that are self-explanatory. These are - Massaging The Dragon; Stroking The Dragon's Wings; and Holding The Dragon's Balls. There are of course equally exotic massage exercises for women, all combined in The Secret Treasures Qigong. Since these are intimate techniques, they can only be taught in small private groups.
PENILE & VAGINAL WEIGHT EXERCISE
Qigong practitioners who have mastered the sexual exercises have ways to check the progress of their practice. For the men, classically, weights were attached to jade rings which were worn on the penis to ascertain the strength of the erections. Now various "scientific" methods are applied to accurately determine the erectile power.
Every now and then we see reports of Qigong exponents "lifting" heavy weights to prove their erectile strength. Recently, one master actually pulled a truck with a chain somehow secured to his erect penis. If ever he lost his erection during the feat, his penis would have come off!
For the women, heavy metal balls ( brass, silver or gold according to the social status ) were used to gauge the strength of the vaginal muscles. These were inserted into the vagina and the women had to prevent the weights from falling out by squeezing their vaginal muscles tight.
At the recent Anti-Aging Conference in Bali, I met a beautiful Siberian lady who shared with me the sexual exercises for women that she teaches. Some of these are remarkably similar to the Qigong sexual exercises. She calls her set of exercises "Vagina Power". She also brought a modern gadget to measure the strength of the vaginal grip. It uses a special inflatable vaginal balloon attached to a sphygmomanometer ( improvised from the blood-pressure measuring instrument ). The balloon is inserted into the vagina, and inflated against the tightened vaginal muscles to determine the grip pressure. In future women may have to have their BP ( blood pressure ) and VP ( vaginal pressure or vagina power ) measured during health examinations! According to her, the improvement in vaginal muscles strength can be rapidly achieved and proven with this method within just a few months of practice. Having a way to easily check the progress actually encourages the students to practise more often.
ACHIEVING MULTIPLE ORGASMS
It was widely believed that men could only achieve single orgasms while the women can enjoy multiple ones. This has been dispelled by Qigong masters who practise the sexual exercises. Master Mantak Chia of Healing Tao fame was responsible for highlighting this in the West. Men who are unable to have multiple orgasms actually do not have adequate qi reserves and thus fizzle out after an orgasm. The medically accepted refractory period ( duration until the next erection is possible ) is actually the time required to replenish the sexual qi. Since we now know that nitric oxide (NO) replenishment can improve sexual performance, it is probable that Qigong exercises also improve NO production, apart from increasing the qi.
SLIMMING DRAGON QIGONG
Most Qigong exercises are gentle and not tiring. For weight loss and slimming effects, the exercises are more active. The usual aerobics exercises will also help you lose weight, but doing the Qigong versions will enhance your qi as well. Some classical Shaolin Qigong exercises, if practised adequately, will trim you down. The hard Qigong exercises like Iron-shirt Qigong will certainly burn fat and build muscles at the same time. The Slimming Dragon Qigong exercise is an enjoyable slimming exercise that is suitable for young and old, men and women. It should be practiced by all those who want to maintain a healthy weight and shape.
MEDITATIVE & SPIRITUAL QIGONG
Qigong involves discipline of mind, breath, body and movement. It is therefore an excellent practice for those who like to meditate, and especially so for those who are into the spiritual path. I will elaborate on these in future articles.
Dr Amir Farid Isahak