By West Norwood Therapies Team, Feb 6 2019 11:00AM
Our tai chi and qigong teacher Hannah Horsfall shares how she found her way to being a tai chi and qigong teacher and then to West Norwood Therapies
This is my first blog for West Norwood Therapies, in fact my first blog ever! A dream way to begin my journey into social media!
Finding myself thinking what in the imensity of the subject of tai chi and qigong can I focus on I decided on this first blog to say a little about my own journey and the benefits I have personally experienced through my practise of both tai chi and qigong.
My initial contact with tai chi and qigong was through a one day CPD workshop for health professionals in 2004 which left me loving it but very cautious about going away and teaching others from a certificated one day course!
A couple of years later, after the birth of my second child, understanding that running around after two under fives is not really exercise, I attended a tai chi class. I could hardly walk after the first session but after a brief time practising felt the benefits in more ways than I expected and my comittment to training began in earnest!
My teacher training was a few years off but even quite early on I felt that the tai chi and the qigong was somehow bringing me back to, and developing further, previous levels of physical energy, flexability, strength and stamina but also mentally I felt I was developing increased grounding, clarity and spaciousness in my daily life.
I have taught locally and further afield since 2010, and am delighted at the seridipitous way that joining West Norwood Therapy team came about. A chance visit by their – our! – Acupuncturist Philippa, to my Thursday class in the Rosendale Allotments. This coincided with the team looking to expand thier repitoire of classes and my loving thier core values of “serving the local community together with high quality health and wellbeing care.”
I feel honoured to be part of the team!
So, along with the personal, there is so much exciting research happening, bringing western medical health science together with the vast and ancient knowledge of both Tai Chi and Qigong that I hope to explore in future blogs!