Shui Gong comes from the Daoist tradition and is practised lying down. It seems as if one is sleeping, hence the name Sleep Qigong, in reality one is practising a very refreshing and regenerating form of qigong.
As in many Daoist exercises, the inner circulation of qi is set in motion by means of the imagination and a fixed number of breaths, directing pure cosmic qi to different points and opening up and activating the associated meridians and organs.
The opening of the meridians by connecting with the qi and the information of the cosmos can rehabilitate the respective organs and also develop latent abilities. In the interplay of stillness and movement, yin and yang are harmonised, stress and over-activity are dismantled, and strength is gained on the basis of calm and relaxation.
In the state of deep relaxation made possible by Shui Gong, the microcosmic orbit can open without the aid of imagination. Daoists understand this as the foundation of further development in qigong. (The illustration on the right symbolises the microcosmic orbit.)
Participants often experience this course to be similar to an Energy Field. The difference is: you learn exercises which can be practised at home.