By West Norwood Therapies Team, Feb 27 2019 08:51AM
Tai chi and qigong teacher Hanna Horsfall shares some information on what qigong is and how we can understand it in the context of current research on fascia, health and healing ahead of her qigong workshop on 16th March.
Qigong (pronounced chigung) directly translated means energy skill/ training.
Qigong can be practised as a series of flowing movements or practised without movement other than breathwork and mind focus.
There are obvious musculoskeletal benefits alongside developing internal awareness, sensitivity and a calming of the mind.
Practising Qigong can lead to deep relaxation that brings benefits in itself. This also allows for the freeing up the of flow of bodily fluids through the systems we are aware of in the West, circulatory, lymph and digestive but also the flow of Qi through the chinese meridian system as used in acupunture.
Ba duan Jin (eight silk brocades) and Wu Xin Xi ( Five Animals) are both ancient qigong forms that work with all the meridians facilitating balance and promoting health and self healing.
In China qigong is part of the national health plan with it being practised in Hospitals, schools and workplaces. Currently tai chi, better known in the West, is popular in China but many more have Qigong as part of their daily practise.
Interestingly, the relatively new research in western medicine into fascia and myofascial trains run very closely along the same routes as the ancient chinese meridians.
The following documentory explores the fascia with regard to the musculoskeletal system, the impact of stress, and the experience of pain.This opens up a whole new world of understanding of the body and , I hope, help to promote how the body can heal itself.
There is a long way,however, to catch up with the knowledge of the fascial realtionship to the internal organs, its potential as a trainable sense organ and its interralationship with both the internal and external stimuli.
The video I am sharing mentions, physiotherapy, yoga and acupunture but not Qigong.
So I let you draw your own conculsions from the programme and invite you to to experience qigong for yourself!
Hannah‘s next Qigong workshop on Saturday 16th March 9.30 – 11.30am More info and booking