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Qigong at The Wellness Centre (Castle Quay)

qigong-quoteQigong is an ancient healthcare system related to Tai Chi, that originated in China and involves physical postures, breathing techniques and a focused intention. The word Qigong literally means to cultivate energy. Qi (pronounced ‘chee’) is the vital energy or ‘life force’ which flows through all living things. Gong means accomplishment or skill that is cultivated through steady practice. Qigong’s gentle, rhythmic movements are designed to help reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality, and enhance the immune system. It has also been found to improve cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic and digestive functions.

Qigong’s great appeal is that everyone can benefit, regardless of ability, age, belief system or life circumstances.


Qigong is different from other types of exercise as it works directly with the meridian system (energy pathways in the body that the Chinese believe sustain the body’s organs and tissues). The Chinese discovered 14 primary meridians which are believed to influence the function of different organs, 12 of which are connected to the organs of the body, and 2 of which are for the overall energy system of the body. Qigong exercise helps to balance the energy within these meridians and as such helps one to stay healthy. Many health care professionals recommend Qigong as an important adjunct to benefit and enhance several alternative complementary treatments.

Those who maintain a consistent practice of Qigong find that it helps students

  1. regain a youthful vitality
  2. maintain health even into old age
  3. helps speed recovery from illness

Western scientific research confirms that Qigong has been seen to reduce hypertension, and improve balance (with the incidence of falling in the aged population). One of the more important long-term effects is that Qigong re-establishes the body/mind/soul connection.

To practice Qigong there is no requirement for special equipment. All that is needed is for participants to wear comfortable/loose clothing and to come with and open mind…

Stillness and action are relative, not absolute, principles. It is important to find a balance of yin and yang, not just in qigong, but in everyday life. In movement, seek stillness and rest. In rest, be mindful and attentive.- Ken Cohen