Kung Fu For Healing
It’s a story that’s common all over the world: disease or disability strikes someone without warning, or sometimes, even an apparent cause. Most of us know someone that has struggled with cancer, arthritis, joint degradation, or another condition that has greatly reduced their quality of life. Often these people are told that there isn’t anything that can be done to improve their outlook, mobility, or treatment. But is it as simple as that?
Benefits of Meditation for Health
For years, our (now-retired) Grandmaster trained people on how to be more mindful of themselves, and gave advice on how to take better care of their body through better care of the mind. This method, when combined with the right professional medical advice, can help improve attitudes and outlooks in a battle against disease.
For example, people suffering from cancer may find solace, strength, and greater inner peace in meditation and controlled breathing exercises. This can improve their quality of life – even if they cannot do anything about the cancer itself. One former KFFL student, suffering from COPD, prostate cancer, and borderline diabetes several years ago, has recovered from those conditions thanks to western medicines, but still follows meditative practice and a mindful approach to life. For him specifically, the tranquility and focus he is able to achieve help him on his journey forward, and with any new difficulties he may encounter.
These positive health impacts are noticeable, but they do require commitment and willpower. Just like when a doctor tells you that you need to take pills three times a day for a month, being consistent with exercises and mindfulness will provide benefits for you. They may vary from one person to the next, but we have yet to hear of a person not gaining something valuable from the teachings of martial arts.
Medical Treatments and Kung Fu
We want to stress that none of our exercises are intended to replace medical treatment, nor to be considered more important when getting opinions. The best approach considers both sides and uses that to create a custom exercise and meditation plan.
Everyone – even the former Grandmaster, skilled as he is – should go to the doctor for regular medical checkups, and from there, one can use the findings and advice to focus energy and make recovery easier. This conscious evocation of the placebo effect can be a useful tool, but it is not right for everyone and is not enough on its own. Look at it as another way to help the healing process and enable the right mindset for hope and health.
If you have joint, muscle, nerve, breathing, or organ issues – or any other health problems that don’t require a quarantine – why not supplement your medical appointments with custom meditation, exercises, and routines? You don’t even have to wait until you’re in the kung fu studio to get started, as there are plenty of resources you can use at home and in your daily life with great mental health benefits as well. We want to see you be the best and healthiest you can be, and the best way to do that is to listen to your doctors and your own body.
If you’re interested in learning more about the value of meditation and martial arts, we’re always happy to answer your questions. We firmly believe that an enhanced life is possible with the right approach – and that disciplines like kung fu help you get there!