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. It 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.