SHAOLIN MONKS MAY HOLD THE KEY TO PREVENTING HEALTH RISK AT WORK Tuesday 20 May 2008 PDF Print An ancient technique, which was originally devised to help improve the health of Shaolin monks when they were sitting in lengthy meditation sessions, may hold the key to preventing stress and health problems at work. At the Department of Medical Science, Uppsala University, Sweden. Qi Gong was shown to reduce blood pressure, noradrenaline excretion in urine, and influence the heart rate and temperature, indicating reduced activity of the sympathetic nervous system. Qigong also reduced low-back symptoms. (full details of the study below) Shifu Yan Lei, who is a 34th generation fighting disciple from the Shaolin Temple in China, and is now based in the UK, says: “ Qi Gong was originally taught by the founder of Zen Buddhism; Bodhidharma. Seeing that his monks were tired from extensive meditation, he composed a set of dynamic exercises to give them energy and strengthen their body.” Qi Gong is a moving meditation, which works on the same scientific principle as acupuncture. It is practiced by millions of people in China and is becoming increasingly popular in the West as people seek longevity, stress reduction and improved health through mind-body practices like qigong. Some people call it a Chinese yoga but unlike yoga, it needs no equipment and very little space; some of the movements can even be done from an office chair. ‘I advise my students to stop working every few hours and do a little Qi Gong,” says Shifu Yan Lei. “ In the future, instead of taking a cigarette break, I hope they will take a Qi break.” -ENDS- For further information contact: Cathryn Taylor Shaolin Warrior 21B, Almeida Street, London, N1 1TB 0207 288 1231 email@example.com http://www.shifuyanlei.co.uk Notes to editors: Shifu Yan Lei is a 34th generation fighting disciple from the Shaolin Temple in Henan, China. He has been studying Shaolin martial arts for over twenty years, and is the UK’s expert in Shaolin Qi Gong and Kung Fu. He has a popular range of DVDs which are designed to guide you through the authentic Shaolin teachings of Qi Gong and Shaolin Kung Fu. They frequently top the Amazon martial art's best sellers' chart, and offer a graded teaching system with exercises and practices direct from the Shaolin Temple in China. Ends The Shaolin Qi Gong DVD range includes: • Shaolin Warrior: Qi Gong Vols. 1-3• Available from: http://www.shifuyanlei.co.uk. High Street stockists include: • HMV• Tesco• Virgin• Woolworths. Ends Full details of the medical report: Department of Medical Sciences, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Uppsala University, SE-751 85 Uppsala, Sweden. firstname.lastname@example.org Chinese research indicates that the Qigong method reduces psychosomatic and physical symptoms through an effect on the sympathetic nervous system. OBJECTIVES: The aim was to investigate the effects of Qigong on stress among computer operators. DESIGN: Ten women were included in a Qigong group and an equal number in a control group. Heart rate, blood pressure, and finger temperature were measured at the beginning and at the end of the working day during 5 weeks. twenty four-hours urine samples were collected in the first and last weeks to measure catecholamine excretion in urine. Participants kept a daily record of psychological measures of strain and weekly measures of stress levels. RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS: Qigong reduced noradrenaline excretion in urine (p < 0.05), and influenced the heart rate and temperature, indicating reduced activity of the sympathetic nervous system. Moreover, Qigong reduced low-back symptoms (p < 0.05). In conclusion, Qigong exercise may reduce stress at computerised work. Publication Types: Clinical Trial Controlled Clinical Trial Ends This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Yan Lei Productions in the following categories: Men's Interest, Health, Women's Interest & Beauty, for more information visit http://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.