Qigong (pronouced chee-gung) translates as 'breath exercise' or moving meditation designed to strengthen and improve your general health and wellbeing. Qi is the Chinese word for “life energy”, Qi is the life-force energy that flows through all living things and it is this energy that connects us to nature, to all beings and life on earth. Gong is the Chinese word for work, thus Qigong is the practice of cultivating energy.
At first, classes may seem very gentle and easy, but with regular practice Qigong develops into a powerful healing of the body-mind system. The benefits are felt when you first start classes but it can take up to ten classes to really feel the effects. Over time you can expect the feeling of your practice to undergo profound transformations. As with all true arts, patience and commitment are required to gain the most benefit from Qigong.
How does it differ from other forms of exercise?
When you start practicing Qigong, the primary goal is to focus on letting go and relaxing. That’s because most imbalance comes from holding on to too much for too long. Most of us are familiar with physical strength of muscles, and when we think about exercising, we think in terms of tensing muscles and pushing ourselves to 'feel the burn'.
Qi energy is different. Qi strength is revealed by a smooth, calm, concentrated effort that is free of stress and does not pit one part of the body against another.
How do the movements improve your health
Other benefits include:-
Long Covid sufferers
The shibashi set can be practiced sitting down so suitable for those who find standing too tiring and it will help build energy without causing fatigue. Qigong helps to strengthen the lungs, help develop deep lower abdominal (diaphragmatic) breathing, calm the mind and build up energy.
Tai Chi benefits Fibromyalgia sufferers
Read an article published in the British Medical Journal here >>
Feedback from a lady who suffers from Fibromyalgia and practices Qigong...
"I have found such a difference in my energy levels since joining the class" x
Tai Chi benefits Parkinson's Disease
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The purpose of Qigong is not to become proficient at Qigong, but to become expert at being more fully who you are.