April 23, 2007 at 11:00 pm #22058
I’ve been practicing primordial chi kung for about a few weeks. I do it once a day. I do it 3 to 4 days out of the total 7 day week.
I have been experiencing a lot of head pressure built up. I’ve noticed a lot of blood, pressure, and or energy/chi is focused on my head. When I walk or do anything the pressure is still there and it has been days and the pressure still hasn’t subsided. I have stopped doing primordial chi kung for now just to be on the safe side.
Is there something I’am doing wrong? or forgetting or should do to relief the energy that is so concentrated in my head? At the end of every primordial chi kung session I bring the energy to the lower tan tien area and just breath there which is how I think it works.
Anyhow the pressure has been bothering me. If I sleep or get in lie in my back I can really feel the head pressure. I’ve also put my head upside down to test the pressure and it’s very strange. Seems like there is more blood, pressure then usual. To the point where my head feels like it will explode. I understand being upside down for a while you will feel something, but for me in just a couple seconds I immediately feel it. This pressure problem in the head has only began ever since I started primordial chi kung.
I hope someone can share some insights, thanks ahead of timeApril 23, 2007 at 11:21 pm #22059
Its possible that the qi is going to the head because you use a lot of mental energy on a regular basis, and it is just amplifying that, or it is balancing out something there. when breathing from the lower dan tien, if you can “drop” down into that space, or expand that energetic space around your entire body that may help. Remember to keep your tongue on the roof of your mouth.April 24, 2007 at 4:45 am #22061
I agree with the comments that singing ocean said.
Having experienced this head pressure myself before in other situations,
let me offer you some things to consider–some of which may relate.
Do you notice a lot of tension in your neck and shoulder muscles?
Often this is a contributor to this problem. This can cause
blood and chi to get trapped in the head area. Focus on relaxing
these muscles will allow the blood and chi to flow more easily.
At least for me, this typically tends to be the MAJOR contributor.
Are you sleeping and/or eating properly?
Low blood sugar can cause these symptoms.
When you do qigong, are you forcing your breathing?
Overexaggerating breathing can create tension in the head and
cause a hyperventilated condition where you have too much oxygen
in relation to sugar.
As singing ocean mentioned, are you keeping your tongue on
the roof of your mouth when practicing?
Doing so helps complete a chi circuit so that chi can descend.
Are you under a lot of mental stress?
This creates tension which can be amplified under qigong if
you don’t allow your body to relax while practicing.
As for tension and mental stress issues, try practicing an extended
Inner Smile Meditation. I’ve found that this can alleviate
some of the symptoms you describe. As your body begins to
feel accepted, it releases tension and chi flows more harmoniously
and these problems decrease.
StevenApril 24, 2007 at 11:11 am #22063
I used to have lots of headiness too. Especially when learning a form, it can be easy to end up thinking alot about what to do.
A few things that helped me:
– go really slow, so the mind can do its thing to keep the body in “order” and then you can relax and embody the motions
– if you find yourself getting heady, stop and slap the soles of your feet to physically get you out of your head, and then do some ocean breathing to energetically center yourself in your lower tan tien
– if you find yourself getting head, stop, sit down, and watch how that heady energy moves: where is it coming from? where is it going? what are the qualities of the energy (color, temperature, viscousness, speed etc.)? When you are familiar with it, you might encourage it to move in slightly different ways within your head and, once sufficiently “tamed, give a bit of it a suggestion about going down your front channel.
ChrisApril 24, 2007 at 12:28 pm #22065
Most of the great advice given to you are in the fundamentals. I like to do some fundamentals before my “main” practice. I am pretty good at feeling what will be the best to do any particular day. Often it is shaking the tree(let our inner child out) and ocean breathing(its about attitude more then form). Inner smile and relaxing are key. Some times head pain can be a tricky way for your head to keep your attention.
I hope you enjoy your self discovery.
Chi in I am outApril 24, 2007 at 1:07 pm #22067
So you are using your head more and putting energy through the system. This is causing head problems that never existed or were ignored over time.
The system is experiencing stress. You need to manage this stress. Some stress will aid development when endured. Other stress needs to be released or avoided. Balance, tolerance, and stability need to be learned while moving.
Maybe try accupuncture to adjust the energies and sensations.
Focus on neck alignment and energy flow. Head pulling away and balanced, shoulders down and relaxed, chin slightly tucked.
With Pilates, I’ve really learned to notice neck stress and alignment. Sometimes releasing my neck will cause cramping in my back. I’m working my way through it.April 24, 2007 at 1:11 pm #22069
You may want to get your posture checked out by an expert.I dont mean just your Qigong but everyday posture,especially if you have a desk job. I have been experiencing tremendous benefits rehabbing my back with posture therapy from solution4pain.com.
My Qigong is much better and overall quality of life(I had chronic back pain from injuries).April 24, 2007 at 1:45 pm #22071
Just to add to what I said earlier and to supplement some of
great advice given by others:
Sometimes apparent negative results from qigong come out as a
symptom of being much of an overachieving Type-A personality. What I
mean is that by doing qigong, your energy flows better and you feel
like you have more energy; then, if you are too much of an overachiever,
you can respond by working EVEN MORE than you did before (because you
can). This has two effects. One, you get less benefit from your
standard routine because you have more toxic chi etc. to eliminate;
two, your body-mind starts to rebel–it realizes that doing qigong
will mean that you are going to work more later, and it rebels . . .
Rather than working hard throughout the day, and then only doing one
intense practice, try to integrate some brief moments of relaxation and
qigong into your day. Every hour or so, get up and walk around. Stretch.
Our muscles tend to get frozen in position from extended work–especially
at a computer. Allow them to relax. If you have 5-10 minutes, do
a short Inner Smile or Ocean Breathing.
Without going to the other extreme of laziness, try to adopt a philosophy
of not being so much of an overachiever. Work in moderation. Practice
the Inner Smile. When all aspects of you feel accepted, tension won’t build
up so much to begin with.
Also, I don’t want to imply that you should stop doing the Primordial Qigong.
You’ve invested time and energy into it, and you obviously like it, so you
should keep doing it. However, try to integrate some of these other things
with your practice. Having a variety of different types of qigong or techniques
can be beneficial.
Oftentimes, if you do a particular form repeatedly long enough without
variation, it will sort of stop working. The reason is that after a while,
your body kind of forgets why it is doing what it is doing . . . similar to eating
pizza daily and then forgetting why you like it. Help your body to remember
why the Primordial Qigong is beneficial by introducing variation.
So keep doing the Primordial Qigong, but supplement your practice with
the suggestions made here and by others. Mix up your practice with the
Inner Smile meditation, Ocean Breathing, the Deep Healing Qigong Form,
Five Animals, etc. (anything else you know).
Inner smiles to you,
StevenApril 24, 2007 at 7:08 pm #22073
Maybe you could try playing with the microcosmic orbit more. Try doing it before and after your primordial chi gung practice. Hope it helps!April 24, 2007 at 10:23 pm #22075
it could be (as already mentioned) from a misalignment of the neck. it need not be a major misalignment for you to feel discomfort on the head.
are you able to see a GOOD qi-gong healer who can assess your entire spine?
are you able to learn DOAYIN gong in person from an experienced pratitioner?
practicing DAOYIN before and after the primordial would be very beneficial to opening your channels and balancing and then integrating the qi after performing primordial
best, matApril 26, 2007 at 8:36 pm #22077
hey Adam, hre’s a link to a qigong healer/teacher in Markham ON. That’s in your state right?
I’ve never met him (i’m in australia) but from reading his articles, and looking through his site, he seems VERY good.April 27, 2007 at 10:19 pm #22079
hey thanks Mat for the recommendation I will look into it and let you know how it turns out if I decide to learn from this teacher.
Again I appreciate your help, guidance, and everyone’s else as well.
May the chi be with be you!April 28, 2007 at 2:09 am #22081
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