Modern life is hectic and full of difficult situations, emotional upheavals and unforeseen challenges which cause stress in the body and have an effect on all areas of our health. Qigong offers a holistic way to reduce stress, increase energy, improve the immune system and calm the mind.
Qigong is an ancient Chinese internal martial art that combines an intricate combination of physical movement and postures, breathing techniques and mindfulness. The practise is over 4000 years old
THE FIVE ELEMENTS
It is said that a flowing river never becomes stagnant and so it is with the body. Qi is life force energy. Gong’ is roughly translated as skill. Qigong is therefore a ‘skill at working with the life force energy’. Qigong is part of the ancient system of Traditional Chinese Medicine. This includes the holistic five elements system based on the five vital yin organs and includes all the associated acupuncture meridians and their interactions with one another. It is an ancient internal martial art that helps integrate the mind, body and emotions to create greater balance and harmony.
“And yet this ineffable Tao is the source of all spirit and matter; expressing itself, it is the mother of all created things…Yet these two things, matter and spirit, so different in nature, have the same origin. ”
TAO DE CHING
Although I am trained as a professional psychotherapist, I am not a medical Doctor. Physical illness and medical issues occur in the body for complex reasons including genetics, lifestyle choices, environmental factors, childhood history and mental and emotional history as well as some unforeseen and unconscious factors. Qigong is not a panacea and it is not a cure all for medical conditions. Qigong practise is also in no way intended as a substitute for medical advice with a licensed medical physician or as a substitute for regular psychotherapy with a professional therapist.