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Spring into Action Gently

Many of my students find themselves surprised at the end of a gentle calming session they also feel as if they have “done a good workout”!

It is often thought that Tai Chi is so slow and so gentle that it could not possibly offer anything like the cardiovascular benefits of other more vigorous exercise. However in the programme “Trust Me I’m a Dr” a beautifully clear experiment was conducted between a group of adults doing 12 weeks of Tai Chi and a group doing 12 weeks of Zumba!

Watch this 2 minute film to see the results!


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Fascia and Qigong

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.

In time…..

So I let you draw your own conculsions from the programme and invite you to to experience qigong for yourself!

Watch The Mysterious World Under The Skin documentary