Qigong and Tai Chi Fundamentals
Did you know that the Qigong Masters of long ago were medical practitioners paid to keep their patients well? Any sick visits were done free of charge! So, they developed a self-care practice to keep their patients healthy. They spent time studying the natural law and determined that Qi (or life force) in all of nature could be supported or inhibited by things internal or external to them. They studied the effects of stress on nature and determined if these were controlled, overall health improved. Qigong (focused more on self-care) and Tai Chi (focused more on preparation for martial arts) has evolved since its birth over 5000 years ago in China. Its popularity has recently increased and in my opinion, just in time…in light of worldwide pandemics, natural disasters and racial injustice. Stress is evident in all of our daily lives. No one is immune.
Qigong includes 4 baskets of practice including breath, self-massage, movement and meditation for improved health and wellbeing. It has been studied in research and proven to be an effective way to support and improve “bone health, cardiopulmonary fitness, physical function, falls prevention and balance, general quality of life, immunity, and psychological factors such as anxiety, depression and self-efficacy” Am J Health Promot.2010 JUL-AUG; 24(6):e1-25
Interested in learning more? Join me for a 3-part webinar, where we will explore the 4 baskets of Qigong. Experience how good it feels to move and breathe and maybe even get hooked! If you do, AWESOME! Come join us in one of our weekly classes that run on Friday mornings. Your Qi is always welcome.