QiGong (pronounded Chee-Gung) freely translated as "energy work" and combines basic standing exercises with rhythmic breathing. Designed to exercise soft tissues and increase energy levels. Class curriculum calls for 10-12 minutes of QiGong for each class as part of our warm-ups. This activity shares many of the same training principles and concepts with tai chi. It is often taught as a stand alone art, however, we believe that QiGong compliments tai chi so well it should be included with tai chi training. Seven different "sets" of QiGong are practiced regularly during class. Other "sets" of QiGong, such as the Eight Pieces of Brochade, are presented to students as a way of broadening their knowledge. Some existing physical problems--rehabbing from injury, fibromyalgia, chemotherapy--are often cited as benefitting from QiGong training more directly than tai chi. We offer both.
Announcing a new type of class---VETERANS QIGONG---a short intro class teaching basic concepts and exercises designed to allow Vets better control of their anxiety/stress using the healing art of Qigong. Currently being used at The Vet Center, West Springfield, MA with the hope of expanding within the region. Contact us for more info.
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