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Weekend Qigong retreat at the beautiful Beacon Bank Farm which nestles in gently rolling Staffordshire countryside. Secluded from neighbours and busy roads, it feels suspended in an earlier period when time passed more slowly and nature provided the news of the day. It is a wonderful place to stay and unwind, to let go of the hustle and bustle and to just enjoy the simple, natural pace of life with our small community.

The Zhan Zhuang course will be run by Sifu Tony Dove who is a disciple of Master Lam.

Zhan Zhuang Chi Kung:
‘Standing Like A Tree Energy Exercise’.

The term ‘Standing Like A Tree’ was first used by by Master Lam in the 1980’s, when he introduced Zhan Zhuang (pronounced ‘Jam Jong’) to the West. The roots of this fascinating art go back at least 27 centuries.

In practice, you stand and grow just like a tree. With no strain, and developing steadily, you establish strong foundations. On these firm foundations, you grow health and happiness.

The root of the experience is in static postures.  As the body becomes settled, new aspects of the art are added, developing the breadth of the practice.

Zhan Zhuang develops relaxed stability in body and mind.  The Art of Zhan Zhuang is like a fully grown tree, with many branches coming from one root. The different branches of the art include health, medical, martial and meditative applications.

The diversity of branches give shape to the tree, making it naturally balanced, vibrant, abundant, generous,
and strong.

At first, the effects of Zhan Zhuang work inwardly, and are personal.  Later, they become stronger, and are noticeable from the outside.  This is much like a tree grown from a seed, small at first, yet finally providing shelter and sustenance to huge variety of life.






Qigong lessons for children offer a possible way to improve wellbeing at school, according to research carried out in Sweden

Psychologic problems is increasing among pupils and has become a major problem in Sweden as well as in other Western countries. The aim of this study was to explore whether scheduled qigong exercise could have an effect on well-being at school, psychologic distress, self-image, and general stress.

Pupils, 13-14 years, were assigned to either a qigong group or a control group.

The qigong group had scheduled qigong 2 times a week for 8 weeks.

Self-reported well-being at school, psychologic distress, self-image, and stress were measured pre- and postintervention.

The control group had reduced well-being at school during the semester and the qigong group was stable. The qigong group reduced psychologic distress and stress, and had a tendency to improved self-image, whereas no changes were found in the control group. Self-image explains 47% (R(2) = 0.47) of well-being at school, and stress explains 29% (R(2) = 0.29) of psychologic distress.

Scheduled qigong, meditative movement, is a possible way to improve well-being at school.

J Altern Complement Med. 2010 Sep;16(9):939-44.

Fire cools.
Water seeks its own level.

No matter how extreme a situation is, it will change. It cannot continue forever. Thus, a great forest fire is always destined to burn itself out; a turbulent sea will become calmer. Natural events balance themselves out by seeking their opposites, and this process of balance is at the heart of all healing.

This process takes time. If an event is not great, the balancing required is slight. If it is momentous, then it may take days, years, even lifetimes for things to return to an even keel.

Actually, without these slight imbalances, there could be no movement in life. It is being off balance that keeps life changing. Total centering, total balance would only be stasis.

All life is continual destruction and healing, over and over again. That is why, even in the midst of an extreme situation, the wise are patient. Whether the situation is illness, calamity, or their own anger, they know that healing will follow upheaval.

Deng Ming-Dao

Laogong P-8
Palace of Toil

Ying spring and Fire point of the Pericardium hand channel

In the middle of the palm, between the middle and the ring fingers, adjacent to the 3rd metacarpal bone. This point may be located at the place where the tip of the middle finger lands when a fist is made

This point can help with poor appetite. It can calm someone who is having hysterics

Laogong point

Is total peace

When you relax completely, there is total silence.
No thought enters the mind, no problems arise from the body, no memories grip the spirit.
This overwhelming sense of tranquility is really all meditation is about.
The neutral stillness of the mind renews the tired soul, and this is regeneration.
Even if you don’t follow a formal meditation program, it is good to sit quietly for a little while every day.
This form of rest should be as regular as sleeping each day.
If you can sit still and just relax completely, you are actually meditating.
All the various forms of complicated techniques and visualization exist because people can’t bring themselves to this very simple state of relaxation.
Their minds are constantly racing, their bodies are out of balance, and the worries of the day weigh heavily upon them.
They cannot let go, so they need a formal routine to follow.
But if you can simply sit down and empty yourself, you will experience a wonderful silence and a deep, satisfying sense of peace.
One should try to return to a relaxed state on a regular and periodic basis.
The simple reason for relaxation is that it renews us. purifies us, and leaves us with a profound feeling of serenity.

It is not a ritual.
It is not a religious obligation.
It is a wonderful state away from problems.
In it, we are poised in our natural state.

In our hectic modern world many people are taking ‘time out’ to practice Qigong (Qi pronounce chee Gong pronounce gung, as in lung)
or other Chinese arts such as Tai Chi. The history of qigong goes back approximately 2,500 years, however Chinese archaeologists and historians have found references to qigong-like techniques at least five thousand years old.

Everyone can practice Qigong, regardless of age, sex or ability.

Qigong offers us a holistic approach to body, mind and spirit, which can provide us with the ‘tools’ to cope with the challenges of daily life and is a powerful system of healing and energy exercise specifically designed to benefit health on many different levels. It is the art and science of using breathing techniques, gentle movement, and meditation to cleanse, strengthen, and circulate the life energy (qi). The  practice leads to better health and vitality and a tranquil state of mind.

Qigong is easy to learn and enjoyable to do. Even a few minutes of practise can have an invigorating and rejuvenating effect. Regular practise brings about a deep strengthening effect for the whole body and mind. Its ability to help in healing a large variety of chronic and acute injuries and illnesses has been the subject of various research programmes led by the Chinese medical authorities.

Healing Qigong (sometimes translated “Medical Qigong”) is the preventive and self-healing aspect of Chinese medicine. The aim of Qigong is to promote the movement of Qi (energy) in the body; this is done by opening certain gates and stretching and twisting energy channels and the practice helps invigorate the energy to flow along the meridians within our bodies. By clearing these acupuncture channels of blockages and blood stagnation will in turn help rejuvenate the body and mind. We are all exposed to stress. Qigong teaches us how to control our reactions to stress so that life events do not cause such symptoms as high blood pressure, frustration, or anxiety.

The ‘art’ once a closely guarded secret in China, is now widely reconised around the world for its health benefits. It is acknowledged by leading master in the East to:

strengthen the immune system

reduce stress and fatigue

improve coordination and balance

improve blood and energy circulation

improve concentration

increase vitality

increase mental calmness and control

increase flexibility

Feedback from past and current students shows that, with a little bit of regular practise, Qigong can have a powerful effect on mind, body and spirit. Reported benefits have included increased general health and well being, reduced levels of stress, better sleep and a brighter and more balanced outlook on life’s possibilities.

Qigong is fun to practice and is suitable for all ages and abilities.

For further information on one of our course please contact 0777 150 7811