Sarah leading a Qigong taster session in Littleburn Woods.
Photo credit: Zander Millar
When I started training to be a Shiatsu Practitioner in 2001, learning qigong was part of developing my own vitality and self awareness needed to be a therapist. Since then I've practised different forms of Tai Chi Chuan (often just called tai chi) and Tai Chi Qigong (usually just called qigong)
All styles of tai chi and qigong are related in that they're all based on Traditional Chinese Medicine to heal and develop our body's Chi and vitality. Within the family of individual styles I chose to become a Shibashi Tai Chi Qigong instructor because as a form of medical qigong it supports students in their own self healing.
Often Shiatsu clients also benefit from learning Shibashi Qigong as part of their own healing journey. Practising qigong regularly helps build up their chi and health between treatments from me, with a goal of no longer needing regular Shiatsu treatments. My role as both practitioner and instructor is to empower students to improve and maintain their own health, and as importantly, enjoy their personal qigong journey.
What does Shibashi mean? It's Mandarin for 18 and simply refers to the 18 qigong exercises in this set.
Qualifications and training
Qigong training with Holistic Tai Chi Qigong Training Academy UK
Shibashi Tai Chi Qigong Session Leader - 2017
Rehabilitation & Seated Shibashi Qigong 2018
Body Alignment and Posture Module - 2018
Shibashi Qigong Module B - 2019
Energy Module B - 2020
Advanced Qigong Session Leader - 2020
Shiatsu Practitioner FwSS - Shiatsu College, Bristol - 2004
Professional Energy Field Healing PEFH - 2006
I also offer Shiatsu massage treatments from my therapy room in Fortrose or from the Highlands Wellness Centre in Inverness.
For information on treatments and the health benefits of Shiatsu massage, please visit my Shiatsu website www.sarahholder.co.uk