Qigong

 

Qigong is the oldest documented and continuously practiced system of health in the world. The oldest records date back to a tomb from 200 BCE, and it is believed to have been practiced and developed for about 5000 years. It is the basis of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), but is much older. Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Cupping and even the use of Chinese herbs are all based in Qigong. “Qi” means energy, our life-force energy (also called prana in the Indian systems) and “Gong” means skill, or craft. Qigong is the art or craft of working with and cultivating our life force energy.

Individual Medical Qigong Session
In Medical Qigong, we work with the 5 phases (often referred to as elements), Earth, Metal, Water, Wood and Fire. (You may have seen these in your report after an Aura photograph too). Each phase is associated with an organ and in turn they are connected to a season, both positive and negative emotions and may more things.  In a Qigong session, we look at how each organ is doing, and how well they are working together. Usually, they will need a mixture of cleansing, nourishing and harmonizing to bring the system back into balance. Often I will also give some simple exercises to do at home, so that you can continue to work with balancing your own system.
People come for a Qigong session for many reasons. They can be very helpful if you feel your energy is low, or flagging. Sometimes we can feel stuck in a general sense, or stuck in a particular emotion, such as sadness, anxiety, worry, fear or anger. Qigong can help with a variety of medical issues and can be very helpful in accessing and releasing old patterns.
Class Qigong Sessions
Each class integrates exercises that will teach you how to maintain and increase your own vitality, by integrating gentle movements that stretch and strengthen your entire body with techniques that expand your breath and balance your mind.

Qigong is accessible to all ages, and all levels of health and is a great companion to anyone recovering form injury or illness. Much of the class will be standing, but adjustments can easily be made to do practice Qigong in a chair if needed.