Deeper into Qi with Jeff Primack
interview conducted by Damon Damato
Damon Damato: Why is Qigong Healing so profound compared to other remedial modalities?
Jeff Primack: Qigong works directly with your life energy to a greater degree than yoga or traditional exercise. The postures are “rooted” in one place where grounding and electrical charges build stronger. Graceful hand motions move the Qi and blood in profound ways, while the person enters a relaxed state. Qigong’s relaxation response allows for greater microcirculation in the frontal lobes of the brain. Qigong practice can improve intelligence and even deepen one’s connection with God, the source of life.
DD: You coined the phrase “Press on Qi.” Why is this emphasized so often in your healing forms?
JP: Press on Qi is describing subtle movement on the edge of your magnetic field. When a person practices Qigong and learns to press on the energy field, it immediately strengthens blood circulation, digestion, metabolism and other important body functions. I trademarked the term
“Press on Qi” as a way of expressing this idea unique to this Qigong style.
DD: How did your father’s work impact you by working in the medical field growing up as a child?
JP: My dad is a senior pharmacist at a hospital. He knows pharmaceuticals have side-effects and believes in preventing disease, using food as medicine. At first, my dad didn’t believe in Qi, but once he felt the energy for himself, he began practicing Qigong and studying Chinese medical models. My choice to enter the wellness field was influenced by my dad and his emphasis to a scientific approach. I have a healthy skepticism in all matters of healthcare, and I believe Western medicine has its place when combined with effective food and breathing practices.
DD: What was your driving force to absorb so much from the most respected masters of Qigong?
JP: As a graduate of the University of Florida College of Business, I founded Supreme Science Qigong Center to be successful and took my job seriously. Many Qigong teachers I found did not provide the training I was looking for. I conducted thorough research and found a Qigong master Paul Dong who wrote a book titled Empty Force.
I flew him from China to Florida in 2001 because he claimed to have practiced Qigong every day for over 20 years. We arranged a seminar, and I gathered 100 people to hear him share his forms which were light years ahead of any Qigong I learned previously. His presence activated my Qi, and I practiced more because of coming in direct contact with him.
After Paul flew back to China, I craved to find another Qigong expert who could explain more. Master Weizhao Wu was my most influential teacher for Qigong, and he practiced since age seven. Although he passed away, his memory lives in the most excellent posture corrections that he carefully gave. He would open my thumb and relax it so the tendons were not hard anymore. That thumb correction makes a huge improvement to Qi flow and has been passed to my forms.
DD: Through this process of education and discipline, how long did it take for you to create the Supreme Science Qigong healing forms?
JP: After five years of traveling and producing seminars for other Qigong masters, I finally created my Level-1 Qigong Healing Form. It was first published in our books 2003, and only a few dozen instructors memorized it, but by 2007, we had certified a thousand people to teach the routine. Our videos were “Qi-Animated” to show energy graphically, and it assisted people in becoming sensitive to energy. In 2013, we upgraded our Qigong videos to HD animation, and in 2017, we finally released our remastered Level-2 video with Ultra-HD animation. I keep learning that Spirit continues to reveal a better way to share these healing practices.
DD: Will participants get to experience these forms at the Qi Revolution event?
JP: All three levels of our Qigong program are shared in detail, and we amp up the energy teaching Breath Empowerment, Nine-Breath Method, Tui Na Acupressure, Foot Reflexology and an intensive education in food healing with specific foods to reverse specific diseases. Claudia Gabrielle MD, an Ivy League physician who has practiced medicine in four countries, will be speaking at our national conference and sharing what is working in other healthcare systems. Qi Revolution is balanced in presentation and practice. After the event, most people choose to continue practicing Qigong from home.
DD: In your Qi Strength Training you focus on balance, strength and flexibility. What else is significant in this practice for longevity?
JP: Most important is to slow down breathing in Qigong Strength Training, but most athletes increase respiration when using force. To demonstrate this skill, I performed 750 pushups with students counting and making sure I went up and down all the way. Qi Breathing allows for our ATP to replenish faster so that muscle contractions can occur sooner. This also dilates arteries and increases production of Nitric oxide to lower blood pressure during strenuous practice.
DD: If there was one takeaway at the end of the Qi Revolution, what would you wish for each person to embody?
JP: The most important embodiment I’d like people to walk away with is that we can breathe through life’s challenges and allow God’s healing Qi to bring strength and guidance. Attendees will personally experience a higher energy from the Qigong. For the last 15 years, people have been writing to thank us for the powerful breathing exercises at crucial life challenge points. Qigong helps people process stress, but most of all, it brings us into a higher state of well-being.
The Qi Revolution Seminar will take place July 28–30 at the Bradenton Area Convention Center. The cost to attend is $149 for all three days. For more information, call 800-298-8970 or visit QiRevolution.com.