Here’s A Great Exercise For Neck Muscle Relief

I was so busy hanging out with Ollie this morning I lost track of time.

I tell you, the older that boy gets the more interesting he gets too!

He’s getting heavily into astronomy and his enthusiasm is infectious, so much so I’m way behind schedule. So what I’m going to do is this…

I’m going to share an email I received yesterday from one of my awesome clients Bob H. and my comments will follow.

Here goes:

Dear Marcus

Your work and commitment to Qigong education and training is outstanding.

I carry my Shaolin Chi Kung book with me everywhere. During my lunch break, I read one new practice from the book and then practice the exercise in my lunch break in the lunch room. I obtain an audience watching my practice, and then see a few people actually trying some of the exercises. I proved them with your Qigong email address for further information.

Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time sitting down behind the desk and working on projects. After about an hour I get aching and sore neck muscles. This is time to do an exercise. My favourite exercises for this is Rotating Winch and also Big Turn of the Cosmos.

Rotating Winch for neck muscle relief is the greets exercise everybody should be doing. I found the true secret is that the practitioner has to learn to actually relax their neck and shoulder muscles when they reach fig.12 (p.73) when opening the mouth. If they hold that position and relax their shoulder and neck muscles there is an incredible sensation when you feel the top part of your shoulders and neck turn to water as the tight muscles totally relax.

That part of my body just loosens up like jelly. The neck and shoulder ache disappears after 10 repetitions. I strongly recommend this exercise for all people.

Purchasing the Shaolin Chi Kung book for me has been an investment in my health, wellbeing and life.




Thanks Bob =)

Bob’s just given you a very powerful lesson here, and it’s not just how to sort out stiff neck and shoulders from spending too long flying a desk.

Did you catch it?

I’m sure you did, but just in case let me make it clear.

You can practice Qigong exercises as exercises.

At the form level only.

And still gain worthwhile benefits: stretching, relaxing and pain relief for example.

All I’ll say is just realise there’s a huge difference between practicing Qigong exercises at the form level and practicing them as PERFECT Qigong.

But Bob’s been a client of mine for quite a while and knows this well.

Also, it’s worth repeating that this stuff only works if you work it.

Bob’s email makes it clear how you need 3 things to be successful with PERFECT Qigong.

As long as you show up with these 3 things, PERFECT Qigong will help you to live a happier, healthier and longer life.

Here’s what they are:

  1. A burning desire to be healthy.
  2. The ability to take advantage of an opportunity.
  3. The ability to follow a proven system

If you’ve got these, like Bob has in spades, you can gain the benefits of authentic, skills focused Qigong.


Now before I close for today, let me just finish by saying I love getting emails like Bob’s and luckily I get a good amount. It’s a fantastic feeling to know you’re making a positive difference in people’s lives.

Join me in Maryland USA in August for the first PQTTC and I’ll show you how to be a force for good in your community.


Top 3 Qigong Exercises…

Here’s something you might find interesting.

I was talking with one of my brilliant private Qigong clients last night on the phone when she asked me:

“What are your 3 favourite Qigong exercises?”

Now that’s a tough question!

Imagine if you were told that you could only practice 3 Qigong exercises for the rest of your life, which ones would you choose?

Here are mine.

In at #3 and a surprise entry is…

3) Butterfly Dancing (BD) – If you want to be happy you need to ‘Open Your Heart’ and one of the best Qigong exercises for doing this is BD.

BD is simple, safe and easy to practice and yet it’s benefits are epic.

Significant, highly emotional events that were not handled effectively at the time can really make you ill later.

BD is a powerful Qigong exercise for overcoming illness caused by such events.

Quick Note: My experience as a Qigong healer has convinced me that the number one cause of most serious illness is emotional and as a result BD forms an important part of my healing kit.

At #2 we have…

2) Carrying The Moon (CTM) – I love to cleanse. Some people love to build. But there’s a common misconception in Qigong that you get more ‘powerful’ by adding energy.

The truth is, adding energy to a blocked system can cause more harm than good. And if you’re living in the 21st Century you can be pretty certain that your system is getting blocked up on a daily basis.

CTM practiced at a higher level known as ‘Cosmic Shower’ is the best cleansing Qigong exercise I have ever encountered since I first became aware of Qigong back in 1992.

At #1 and no surprise to anyone who’s ever practiced it we have…

1) Lifting the Sky (LTS) – I consider this the ‘Swiss Army Knife‘ of Qigong exercises.

  • Want to increase energy levels? Practice LTS.
  • Want to overcome pain and illness? Practice LTS.
  • Want to improve your spiritual cultivation? Practice LTS.

You get the picture.

In fact if some great power decreed that I could only practice 1 Qigong exercise for the rest of my life, can you guess what it would be?

That’s right: Lifting The Sky would claim the prize.

To learn my top 3 Qigong exercises (and 16 other greatest hits) in the comfort and privacy of your own home visit: http://enjoyqigong.com

Enjoy your practice.


The Most Important Ingredient For Your Success With Qigong Is…

I‘m frequently asked this type of question:

“Which Qigong exercise should I practice?”

Well, let’s take a look at the 5 main of aims of Qigong and I’ll recommend 1 or 2 for each one:

  1. Health and vitality – Lifting The Sky (p.53), Nourishing Kidneys (p.81)
  2. Longevity – Carry The Moon (p.77)
  3. Internal force – Push Mountains (p.103)
  4. Mental Clarity – Nourishing Kidneys (p.81)
  5. Spiritual cultivation – Separating Water (p.107), Shoot Arrows (p.57)

Note: the number after the exercise relates to the page number in my Shaolin Chi Kung book.

However, there is something I believe to be far more important than which Qigong exercise is known to be most cost effective for producing a desired result.

And it’s this:


Let me explain…

Qigong is an art that has to be practiced regularly for months before you really start to gain it’s heavy duty benefits.

Sure, if you practice Qigong the way I teach it, you’ll quickly experience many worthwhile benefits straight away.

Such as:

  • Feeling physically relaxed.
  • Inner peace.
  • Being calm and focused at the same time.

And so on.

But these pleasant experiences don’t usually hang around for long before the stresses and strains of your life wash them away.

You see, despite what anyone else might tell you, it takes repetition and persistance to plant the foundations of a Qigong practice that will give you a bountiful harvest of delicious benefits.

And from 10 years of teaching Qigong students I’ve noticed that those who enjoy their practice succeed quicker and get much better results from their practice than those who don’t.


Two reasons.

One I’ve just covered:

When you enjoy something you’re more likely to do it. And Qigong isn’t something you can just read about and gain the benefits of.

You have to practice it.

The second reason is just as important.

And if you’ve been a Qigong Daily reader for any period of time you’ll have heard me say it before.

But here goes for those who’ve only recently joined the party…

It’s the skills of Qigong that give you the benefits of Qigong,
not which Qigong exercises or forms you practice.
And Qigong skills are developed through correct daily practice and correct daily practice is most quickly and easily developed by doing Qigong exercises you enjoy.

So now do you see why I say:

“The most important ingredient for your success with Qigong is Enjoyment”
Let me give you a quick example:

Take a look at this list of benefits practicing Nourishing Kidneys is known to give if you practice it as Qigong:

  • Improve sexual health and functioning (in all aspects)
  • Enhance the intellect
  • Increase vitality
  • Overcome fear
  • Beneficial for the kidneys and pituitary gland
  • Improves concentration
  • Helps balance the emotions
  • Increase confidence
  • Overcome sciatica and incontinence
  • Increase energy

I think you’ll agree, it’s a freaking awesome Qigong exercise.

But it’s my least favourite. I don’t know why, I just don’t particularly enjoy it.

And if I’d have had to practice nothing but Nourishing Kidneys twice a day for 3 months I doubt whether I could have done it.

That’s just one of the 99 things I love about the 18 Lohan Hands Qigong set.


It’s good to have a little variety whilst you develop your Qigong skills.

And f you can’t find a few Qigong exercises out of the 18 Lohan Hands that you love then frankly there’s no hope for you.

Now, if you’d like to discover all there is to know about the 18 Lohan Hands Qigong set, you’ve got a choice:

If you like learning from books and you’re a self motivated learner I recommend my book: Shaolin Chi Kung – 18 Exercises To Help You Live A Longer, Healthier and Happier Life. Available here: http://ShaolinChiKungBook.com


If you prefer learning from written and video material and you like your lessons in small bite sized chunks delivered weekly I recommend my Qigong Secrets Home Study Course. You can get a two lesson ‘test-drive’ for just 35 cents a day here: http://EnjoyQigong.com

Whichever option you choose I’ll do my best to make the learning process as simple and enjoyable for you as I can.