QiGong – Healing Exercise
QiGong (chee-koong) Healing exercises are for guiding participants in the art of Tai Chi For Health. Many cultures around the world have adopted the practise including an explosion of interest in our own communities. Which is exactly why we begin by teaching the foundations of movement with a set of QiGong recognised worldwide as great starting point.
We engage people that are chair bound and practise QiGong Healing Exercises to improve their blood flow and air flow. There regular participation says much about the benefits. By opening and channelling Qi (breath energy) throughout the body we can improve on their health outcomes and perhaps improve greatly on their quality of life.
Shibashi (shur-bah-shur) is the entrance level we practise for learning ways the body adjusts itself to move with the breath. Turning the air around you into “water” as you learn the flow required for Tai Chi movement. The concept of a relationship between air and water is not new. It has been known for centuries in energy arts such as QiGong, yoga, meditation and martial arts.
You most likely have watched Tai Chi and know yourself the movements are paced. The key to that pace is in the breathing. There have been studies done in China on the effects of QiGong in relation to high blood pressure. The research was carried out at the Shanghai Institute of Hypertension. The results served as a model for discovering how QiGong Healing Exercise might affect bodily functions, especially the lungs. The study followed patients who practised their QiGong for 30 minutes twice a day.
The particular QiGong Healing they practised has laid claim to be especially valuable for preventing the early onslaught of senility. This QiGong style, as is the case in many, consisted of sitting meditation in combination with gentle physical routines with an emphasis on maintaining a calm mind, relaxed body, and controlled breathing. I hope the above video made the benefits of such practise a little more clear.
We have students in their 70’s and 80’s and all the way down to teens. A few have been practising Tai Chi and QiGong for many years under a number of teachers. They are a testament to many of these benefits. But the main thing is they enjoy the exercise and the sense of community it brings with it. So please join us for a class or two and see if we can energise, reinvigorate and ignite the desire to maintain your health.