Recommending videos to self-motivated patients peaks interest for participating in their own recovery. Many videos are easy to follow and great for beginners.
Video instruction combined with private lessons can occur in the following ways:
A patient who learns qigong from a video needs feedback, so provide a few private sessions in your office and give them corrections.
A patient's interest gets peaked from video instruction and wants to learn more qigong, so teach them yourself or refer them to another video or practitioner in your area. You can find a list of teachers on the National Qigong Association Web site (www.nqa.org).
A patient takes a video home but doesn't watch it, so you teach them the movements first and have them use the video thereafter.
A patient is concerned that they will never be able to do the movements on their own if they learn from a video, so you teach them the movements first, which ensures they have memorized the movements. They can always refer to the video later.
No matter which method is chosen, a teacher must instill the importance of regular and consistent practice. The student needs to figure out the best time to practice and how to bring qigong into the routine of their day. This needs to be accompanied by a dedication to practice, no matter how busy the student is.
It's not unusual for a qigong student to be found practicing at the airport while waiting to board a plane, standing in a line, or on a lunch break in front of fellow workers. Who knows? With the Jet Blue airline setting the trend with yoga practice cards in the seat pocket for passengers, maybe it's not so far-fetched to imagine a sitting qigong video being played on the passenger's monitor in the future. In the meantime, good luck in your quest to help yourself and others through the amazing healing power of Chinese medicine.