Somatics is a field within bodywork and movement studies which emphasizes internal physical perception or Proprioception. Somatic techniques are used in bodywork, psychotherapy, dance, movement practices, autogenic training, and meditation. The earliest forerunners of modern somatics were traditional Asian movement practices, such as yoga, tai chi, qigong.
While the popularity of Qigong has been mostly attributed to martial arts, it has also been heavily used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). There is Qigong Exercises, which is like Physical Therapy, Qigong Massage that is like our Massage or Manual Therapy. Qi gong is very broad, but the FUNDAMENTALS are the same across the board. You learn the same fundamentals whether for martial art Qigong or medical qigong. Qigong fundamentals are true for all qigong forms and practices. There is no buts, ifs, or maybes about that. If you’re a patient by understanding Qigong Somatics i.e. Qigong Fundamentals you will have the opportunity to affect the course of your treatments, healing acceleration, and prevention by being able to have an effect on your own internal processes. With practice and persistence, anyone can learn these fundamentals.
Qigong is systems of coordinated body movement, posture, breathing, and meditations. Research concerning qigong has been ongoing for a wide range of medical conditions, including hypertension, pain, and cancer treatment to name a few.
Coupled with the understanding of Somatics, Qigong can be extremely beneficial for patients in clinical settings. Qigong Somatics focuses on the Qigong fundamentals and the internal perceptions and effects they trigger within the person. Somatics is utilized during clinical procedures to achieve optimal body posture during the treatment, proper breathing patterns, observation of bodily sensations, mental/emotional reaction to triggers, perceptual responses and much more.