A Simple, Five Minute Exercise for Instant Energy and Relaxation
Qigong shake your way to vibrant creativity and a fresh boost of energy
Qigong (pronounced Chee-Gung) is a Chinese martial art that’s more relaxation and a lot less martial. With its various breathing techniques, coupled with body motions, qigong activates different accupuncture meridians in the body.
You can get as deep and philsophical as you’d like with qigong, but that’s a rabbit hole for a different day. This story will focus entirely on the practical benefits of a simple exercise you can do at any time of day, no matter where you are or what clothes you’re wearing.
Qigong shaking won’t make you sweaty or tired. Instead, you’ll feel relaxed and energized once you’ve completed a single session of this simple, ancient exercise.
I like to practice these shakes first thing after I wake-up. I’m a groggy waker, and I’ve found this shaking exercise gives me an instant boost of energy, helping me pull the cobwebs from my mind.
How to practice qigong shaking
- Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, feet flat on the floor.
- Ensure your back is straight, with your butt tucked forward. Stand with your arms relaxed at your sides.
- Shake your body gently, from the wrists, to your neck, to your knees. Bounce up and down on the balls of your feet, bringing your heels to the ground.
- Breathe in and out from your diaphragm. For more on proper breathing, check out this story here:
Learn to Breathe for Energy and Longevity
There’s a good chance you’ve been doing it all wrong
- Shake slowly. This should feel good, not like you’re freezing in an icy lake.
- Relax and bounce. Up on the balls of your feet and down to your heels.
- Practice this for a full minute, then three, then five.
- Be careful shaking your neck. If you have neck issues, skip the neck shaking and focus on your arms and legs.
- Don’t slam down on your heels. Slamming will jar your spine.
- Talk to your doctor first if you think there’s a reason you shouldn’t practice qigong.
Protect the castle
As writers we must take care of our bodies. I like to practice this simple exercise before I sit for long periods of time. Qigong shaking gives me extra energy and focus. It loosens everything up, especially in my neck and shoulders. The typed-out wrists get a light shake, and the breath-work brings fresh oxygen to my brain.
The more you can do to add food to your creativity the faster the ideas will come. You’re tending the garden and taking care of the temple. If you’re a commercial author like me, you’re protecting your investment. Try shaking. It’s fun. Although I don’t recommend trying it in public.
Once you’ve got qigong shaking as a habit, I recommend you add meditation to your daily routine. Writers must protect their minds, and meditation is the single, centuries-old exercise you can to keep your creative mind well-oiled and focused.
Here’s new meditation method I developed for creatives: