Our qigong and meditation sessions are open to everyone. The class is great for those with chronic pain, chronic illness or mobility problems and has been thoughtfully put together with modifications on the exercises, making it suitable for all abilities. You don't need to have been before and don't worry if you can't make it to every session, you can always join us at the next one!
Wednesdays at 1pm. Suitable for all ages and abilities. £2.00 per Session.
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Qigong (pronounced “chee-gong”) is a traditional Chinese medicine mind-body practice. Research has shown that qigong can be beneficial for people living with chronic pain and reduced mobility. The gentle movement encouraged through the low-impact postures of qigong can help to improve circulation and promote healing. The focus on breathing and intention-setting in both qigong and meditation can help with anxiety and depression.
Please speak to your doctor before starting any new forms of activity.
Without getting tangled up in the subtleties of translating the Chinese language, qigong is a term used to cover a wide range of therapeutic holistic exercises originating in China, with roots in classical Chinese medicine and martial arts.
Qi = life-energy/vitality Gong = skill developed through practice
Many people have heard of acupuncture, Chinese herbs and massage. Qigong is less well known, although in China there are hospitals and clinics specialising in qigong, just as there are specialist hospitals and clinics for acupuncture, herbs and massage.
Tai chi is more familiar - a traditional Chinese martial art which incorporates qigong to help keep fighters healthy and strong, and to prevent and heal injuries. In modern times, most people practice tai chi as a form of qigong rather than as a martial art or combat sport.
Typically, qigong involves being mindfully attentive to breathing, postural alignment and some form of coordinated whole body movement. As well as all the benefits of mainstream exercise, qigong is particularly suited to people living with chronic health conditions because of the way it helps relax and exercise the body, and calm the mind. In particular, the approach can help lessen the kind of physical tension which can amplify pain, and help lessen anxiety and other aspects of mental stress. Also, qigong helps lower stress hormones like adrenalin and cortisol. This means less time in ‘fight, flight or freeze’ mode and more time in ‘rest, digest, and heal’ mode. As well as relaxing the nervous system, qigong can promote positive physiological function by optimising fluid flow - be it blood, lymph, interstitial tissue fluid, cerebral spinal fluid or synovial fluid – all of which can help lessen some causes of pain and associated anxiety and stress.
Marks, R., 2019. Qigong and musculoskeletal pain. Current rheumatology reports, 21, pp.1-11.
Bai, Z., Guan, Z., Fan, Y., Liu, C., Yang, K., Ma, B. and Wu, B., 2015. The effects of qigong for adults with chronic pain: systematic review and meta-analysis. The American journal of Chinese medicine, 43(08), pp.1525-1539.
Colin has been teaching qigong, meditation and tai chi for over thirty years. He has studied oriental martial arts, classical Chinese medicine and Asian meditative practices with authoritative teachers since the early 1970s, and he continues to learn with more experienced higher-level teachers. Colin is a Senior Instructor with the Tai Chi and Qigong Union of Great Britain and a Senior Trainer with the international Tai Chi for Health Institute Trainer, (helping ‘teach the teachers’). He is also Professor Emeritus in the School of Natural Sciences at the University of Manchester.
Colin is particularly interested in making qigong, tai chi and other meditative practices more accessible and effective for people living with chronic health conditions.