A modern approach to an ancient practice
Qigong is an ancient Chinese practice that dates back about 4,000 years. With ties to Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is a restorative exercise therapy designed to release tension and stress from the body to maintain health and wellbeing. Often described as a moving meditation, Qigong incorporates static and dynamic postures that are practiced with mindfulness and presence. The postures are a combination of acupressure, slow stretches, gentle flowing movements and stillness.
Classical forms of Qigong require hours of daily practice and take years to master. They are performed very slowly with exceptional precision. Modern Qigong has drawn upon the countless different forms of Classical Qigong and tailored them to suit our face-paced modern lifestyles. Modern Qigong is performed a little more quickly than its Classical counterpart and the format allows for flexible time frames for each practice to fit in with our busy modern lifestyles.
The essence of Classical and Modern Qigong remains the same: slowing down and doing less; softening the body and tuning into the sensation of Qi; turning the focus of the mind inward and practicing presence; and bringing awareness to the breath to allow natural breathing patterns to emerge. Through Qigong we bring health and harmony to body, mind and spirit.
The benefits of Modern Qigong include:
- Increased cardiovascular and respiratory function
- Improvements to the immune and lymphatic systems
- Stimulating and relaxing the nervous system
- Positive effects on bone health and density
- Better digestion and nutrient absorption
- Increased strength, flexibility and balance
- Improved sleep quality and patterns
- Improvements to mental health and mood disorders
- Improved concentration and focus
- Increased energy, productivity and creativity