Final leg of my 30 Day Spontaneous Qigong Trial. My fathers backache, avoiding surgery and lifelong daily exercises…

This is a continuation of my 30 day spontaneous qigong Trial. For a primer of what this trial is all about, click here.

I have truncated these last few log extracts as I am in the final week. Nearly there now.


Day 27 Log

I had some chores with my family. I had to visit my father early morning and whilst there I needed to wait. So I decided to get my 10 minutes of practice in there.

Day 27 Practice

It was another really hot day. I was already tired and I missed out breakfast, so I really didn’t want to do much practice. I carried out a very gentle spontaneous qi exercise. This was basically a swinging movement from left to right, on an axis – what I call a spinal twist. I mostly did that for the full 10 minutes.

It was during this time at my fathers home, that I reflected on something that occurred to him when he was in his middle age.

Back ache

My father has spent most of his life doing manual labour jobs.

His first job was as a paperboy. Then he became a farmhand working in farms across the UK, until he took a ship to Canada in the 1950s’ He worked in the freezing snowy conditions of Canada as a farmhand for several years. After that, he spent years travelling and working around the world taking various jobs – manual labourer, bricklayer, car washer, farmhand, even an ambulance driver in South Africa during the Apartheid era. In the second half of his life, he spent it running a gardening business in the UK.

However, in his 40s, he suddenly came down with severe back ache. His pain was so acute that he could barely walk, let alone work. At one point, the pain brought him to tears, especially when all the doctors could suggest was back surgery. This was something that he didn’t want to do, as there was a risk that he may still suffer several after effects from the surgery and the results were not guaranteed.

By some great fortune, he chose to see an osteopath instead. This person was on ‘old style’ osteopath, a real natural healer with a lot of experience. It took only one treatment and my fathers back pain was gone completely.

There was no surgery. And just as well because my father carried on doing his gardening work for the next few decades.

If he had taken surgery, who knows what the result would have been?

After care

After this osteopathic treatment, my father always returned periodically for adjustments. As he got older, he occasionally came down with mild forms of back pain, which he attributed to all the wear and tear catching up with him. He is 80 now by the way, and still works, climbing up ladders, mowing lawns, pushing wheelbarrows and other physical activities. Now and again, I work with him, and it is usually very hard work – something I am not so conditioned to do, but I have to do my best to keep up.


Anyway, one of the things I found from my father, was that on a daily basis, he carries out an early morning warm-up exercise. He has been doing this for decades. I don’t know if these exercises were taught him by his osteopath or if it was just something he learnt himself.

Basically he does these exercises every single morning after he wakes up. he told me that these exercises keep him loose and help protect his back.

My father is also completely non-alternative. He has never done qigong, tai chi, yoga or anything like that. Nor does he want to.

The spinal twist

One morning, I observed his exercises. One of them was a very simple spinal twist.

Curiously, it was almost exactly the same spinal twist, that I was being led to do in my spontaneous qigong set this morning, and on many other occasions during this trial.

So even though it looks like a light and simple exercise, it is actually one of the most important exercises a person can do, to keep their body in good shape.

One of the reasons for this, is that in yoga, it is said that a person’s health is dependent on the condition, flexibility and looseness of the spine. And this particular exercise does indeed help loosen up the spine.

So take it from an 80-year-old gardener. If you want a healthy, loose and active body into your old age – then make the spinal twist one of your morning warm-up exercises.

Day 28

Today’s practice was similar to previous sessions. Again, there were the usual hand shaking movements and some arm movements. Towards the end, the movements slowed down a lot and I could feel the qi more internally. It was a subtle feeling and there were less external movements.

Day 29

Today’s practice involved spontaneous qi movements around the chakras. I had lots of rotating hand movements around the crown chakra and solar plexus chakra. At one point my hand made a kind of spiralling movement at my solar plexus and I could feel a mild opening-up sensation there.

Next Log

I have a sensation – an intuition, if you will, that something big is coming to me in relation to my spontaneous qi practice. I suppose it could just be my imagination, but if something does happen, I will talk about it in my next post.

Next will be the final day of my 30 Day Spontaneous Qigong Trial.


Picture Accreditation

Japanese shop. Silvia Lüthi.  akupunkturplus.ch