Qigong (pronounced chee gung) is an ancient and powerful system of healing and energy medicine from China: it means ‘vital energy (Qi) cultivation (Gong)’.
It is one of the five tenets of Traditional Chinese Medicine for maintaining good health.
Qigong uses breathing techniques, gentle movement and meditation to cleanse, strengthen, and circulate Qi. Qigong practice helps generate, channel, conserve, store and direct Qi in the body and leads to both better vitality and a tranquil state of mind: it will help accelerate healing, slow ageing, relieve stress and enhance learning.
Qigong is more than just movement exercises like tai chi and includes standing and sitting meditations, massage, therapeutic healing techniques, and other health and energy-building practices.
Generally Qigong exercises have been found helpful for people suffering with breathing difficulties, arthritis, depression, mild nervous disorders, high blood pressure, headaches and lower back problems, They may balance the hormonal system, release toxins and strengthen the immune system. They may also aid healing processes in the stomach, intestines, kidneys, liver and heart.
Qigong movements are performed within the limits of the individual, leading to a gradual improvement in mobility, balance, co-ordination and concentration.
The class structure is: sitting meditation, standing meditation, stretches and specific Qigong exercises. There will also be discussion of relevant aspects of Chinese medicine when appropriate.
Classes are taught by Lindsay Trevarthen:
Per 1½ hour session: £10.00 for first taster session; thereafter £10.00 per week, payable one calendar month in advance (or by arrangement) and directly to the teacher by either cash or cheque.