"I loved it! I certainly felt zen when I left and wondered if I was too relaxed to work. But the energy has been flowing all afternoon. Look forward to my next session."
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What is Tai Chi Qigong - and how can it help me?
Many people have heard of Tai Chi and conjure up an image in their minds when they think of it. Qigong is a style of Tai Chi and translates as 'energy' (Qi) 'work' (Gong).
The tradition of Qigong practised by Club Chi is Medical Qigong, from which the Shibashi set is derived. Tai Chi Qigong calms, stimulates, revitalises, relaxes, re-balances and strengthens - it encompasses the yin and yang of all things.
Tai Chi Qigong is a Healing Art and the Chinese will perform Qigong to help with a range of health-related issues, including: insomnia, indigestion, lethargy, mental exhaustion, depression and anxiety, rheumatism and arthritis.
The movements within Tai Chi Qigong are performed slowly and gently, yet teach your body balance and co-ordination. The softness of each movement in Qigong moves away from the Western approach of 'no pain, no gain' and feeling you must push yourself to the limits to gain benefit. Tai Chi Qigong focuses on strengthening the body evenly - both inside and out.
The 3 aspects of Tai Chi Qigong are meditation, movement and breathing. The movements are 'energy meditations' which are therapeutic as they calm yet refresh the body and mind. Additional positives of Tai Chi Qigong are:
Relaxes the body and mind
Calms the nervous system
Loosens stiff joints
Relaxes tight muscles and tones muscles
Regain balance: physically, mentally and emotionally.
When performing Tai Chi Qigong and having focus on the gentle movements, it acts to calm the mind and quiet the 'chatter'. Additionally, where some find static, seated meditation more difficult, the movement element of Tai Chi Qigong and it being easy to learn, makes it a complete wellbeing experience for all.
Is Tai Chi Qigong for Me?
Tai Chi Qigong is for EVERYONE! Male, Female, the young or more mature - Tai Chi Qigong is for all ages and abilities.
The benefits you can gain - whatever your exercise preference and level of fitness - should not be under-estimated with the gentleness of Tai Chi Qigong.
A new way of working with your body, which calms the mind and the breath and which really can be the perfect tonic in this busy world we live in.
You can take from each session whatever you're looking for, so come and enjoy a wellbeing experience with Club Chi.
Club Chi is currently running sessions at 3 locations in Maidstone: Langley Village Hall, Southcote Proactive Healthcare and The Party Pod (starting in March). We are looking to hold more sessions in Maidstone and the surrounding areas in Kent and are keen to share the benefits of Tai Chi Qigong ... so please register your interest and let's make movement therapy available to all!
Lorraine's passion for health and wellbeing started in her teens. Always fascinated by a natural approach to better health, Lorraine has practised Tai Chi Qigong on and off since her early 20s.
This led to Lorraine setting up her own Holistic Health Practice in 2002. The Healing Tree offers a range of therapies from hands-on and energy therapies, to talking therapies and movement therapies - ensuring everyone has access to better health and wellbeing.
Lorraine also works with animals and would one day love to have her own smallholding. She loves being in nature, whether that be the UK or abroad, but is also quite happy chilling on a beach when on holiday too!
Ian’s interest in the practice and exploration of Tai Chi, Qigong, meditation and various forms of energy working and personal development goes back to the early 1990’s. He has a fascination with ancient cultures, such as Egypt, India and China, and their various approaches to health, healing and wellbeing.
For more than 15 years, Ian has worked in the field of mediation, restorative practice and talking therapies.
Ian has written more than 30 books (fiction and non-fiction), plays drums, and makes and produces House/Dance music.
Ian’s favourite place in the world is Cornwall and his favourite cities are London, New York and Paris.
Ian & Lorraine
Tel: 07790 385809
Penenden Heath, Maidstone, ME14 2TX