The actual stretching actions that are used in the study and practice of the ancient Chinese’s Daoist Wild Goose Qigong (Dayan Gong) exercise are performed throughout the whole body and not simply the bigger muscles of the back and legs. Stretching within the Wild Goose Qigong Exercise are directed at developing flexibility of the joints, tendons, ligaments, muscles and fascia, helping to release stiffness, muscle tension, improving blood and Qi circulation, improving relaxation and a feeling of lightness within the body. There are many reasons why each individual can accumulate joint stiffness and muscular tension in their body such as poor posture, bad working conditions, illness or injury. Allowing this stiffness and muscular tension to remain in the body over a long period of time can affect the health of the individual causing blood stasis and Qi blockages which in-turn can lower the individual vitality levels, weakening their guardian energy (Weiqi) and immune system leaving them vulnerable to catching colds or influenza.
Obviously everyday that goes by we as individuals can all accumulate tension and stiffness into our body,s and that is why you must try and practice your Qigong on a daily basis to help release this build up of stiffness and tension into the body which as mentioned above if left over a long period of time to accumulate can then lead to the individual to seriously suffer with various ailments. Regular practice of the Wild Goose Qigong stretching actions can also improve the range of mobility and develop a more balanced emotional state, for example if you have ever suffered with a bad back which causes a lot of pain and discomfort, it can make you feel very old, depressed, irritable, slow and limited in your ability to move around freely or to inter act with your family and friends. So stretching is vitally important in allowing the individual to relax, have the freedom of movement and to nourish the whole body increasing their health and wellbeing.
Wild Goose Qigong Exercise opens and stretches the joints, tendons, muscles of the whole body such as the spinal column, the bigger muscles of the back, but also the arms and legs, it involves and works the core muscles of the body unifying the whole body within its passive and vigorous actions.