Official Video: Qigong Sensory Treatment (qigong massage): A different sense of touch.
Autism and Chinese medicine
In Chinese medicine, “qi” (chee), refers to the life force or life energy and “qigong” (pronounced chee-gong) refers to working with energy. When we are healthy and balanced the qi-energy is abundant and circulates freely around the body. When we are sick or have conditions like autism, the meridians or channels through which the qi-energy flows become blocked and the body’s reservoirs of qi-energy become depleted. In autism, blockages are particularly common in areas where the senses open outwards and act as doors to the world around us.
How does Qigong Sensory Treatment (Qigong Massage) help?
Sensory impairment in children with autism is well documented in scientific literature. Hyper and hyposensitivity can occur in any of the senses. Sensory challenges can also occur without a diagnosis of autism. When the senses are not functioning optimally, children are not able to process the information around them the same way other people do. They have less control over their bodies and may not play, socialize, sleep or eat in ways that support optimal development.
Qigong massage works by removing the blockages in the energy channels and replenishing the body’s energy reservoirs thus normalizing the sensory nervous system. When the senses are normalized, children become more comfortable and open to explore and interact with their environment. This leads to improvements in several aspects of autism as children become more calm and their sleep, digestion, eye contact and behaviour improve.
Evidence that Qigong Massage works?
Qigong Massage is a safe, non-invasive, inexpensive and effective therapy for autism. It empowers parents and strengthens bonding with their children.
Results of published research studies have shown:
- improved sleep, digestion and sensory awareness
- improved social skills and language
- decreased behavioural problems
- decreased aggression
- decreased “autistic” behaviours
- a) Two-year, large scale study confirms the effectiveness of Qigong Massage treatment for autism.
- b) Tactile impairment, self-regulation and parental stress improved by Qigong Massage in young children with autism
- c) The sense of touch is different in children with autism
- d) Qigong massage dual parent-therapist intervention research (abstract)
- e) Although smaller than the dual parent-therapist intervention, parent-only intervention leads to improvements in measures of autism, sensory and self-regulation responses.
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