With its origins steeped in ancient Chinese medicine, qigong massage techniques can bring lasting relief to your clients.

Qigong massage promotes maintenance of clients’ health and prevention of illness. The techniques are generally used to improve health, slow the aging process and treat many types of illness.

By learning the benefits and techniques of qigong massage techniques in the privacy of your home or office trough home study courses, massage therapists can easily implement these tools into their practice.

Some of qigong massage’s benefits include increased energy, reduced stress, reduced pain, clearing toxins from the body, strengthened immune system, healing of chronic illness, lowered blood pressure and cholesterol, increased circulation, preventing injuries and calming the body.

An Internet search resulted in numerous home study courses any massage therapist can take to fulfill their continuing education requirements.

For qigong massage, some of the courses offered include such topics as basic fundamentals, what is qigong, theory and meditation, qigong way of healing, qigong lifestyles, Chinese model of body energy, external qi healing, components of An-Mo Gong, benefits and dangers of massage and the details of a qigong workout.

In recent studies, qigong massage was found to be beneficial to children with autism. In the study, researchers found a link between qigong massage and the reduction in the severity of autism in children 6 years old and younger.

The study, “Qigong Massage Treatment for Sensory and Self-Regulation Problems in Young Children With Autism: A Randomized Controlled Trial,” measured 46 autistic children between 3 and 6 years old. The children, 37 boys and nine girls, were divided into two groups: a qigong sensory training group and a wait-list control group.

The children in the test group received 20 sessions of qigong sensory training during a five-month period. Compared to the control group, the children who received the sensory training showed a significant improvement in classroom social and language skills. They also showed a reduction in autistic behavior.

Make sure you check with your national and state licensing bodies to make sure the courses you select are acceptable for continuing education credits.

–Jeremy Maready