Qi Gong Workshop ~ Frequently Asked Questions
What is Qi Gong?
Qi Gong is an ancient art, which is thought to have given birth to many of the Chinese sciences, such as Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Herbalism. The word Qi Gong simply translates as “Energy Work”. Qi Gong is a way to cultivate and circulate internal energy.
Qi Gong is similar to Yoga and Tai Chi in that it involves postures, movements, breathing and meditation for healing and health promotion. Qi Gong is unique in that it is more energy focused than most forms of Yoga, and does not involve holding difficult postures. Qi Gong science is the foundation from which Tai Chi was developed, the focus is on fundamental wellbeing and self-healing.
At last count, there were over 450 forms of Qi Gong being taught in China. It is generally said that it has five major schools, Medical, Martial arts, Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian. Another way Qi Gong is classified is into Active and Passive Qi Gong – the latter being mainly still postures emphasising meditation.
What style of Qi Gong will be taught in this workshop?
Medical Qi Gong will be taught and practiced in this workshop. It is a style of Qi Gong focused on self-healing, and is a Passive, stillness-orientated practice.
What will we be doing?
Learning and practising:
- 4 stillness postures: sitting, standing, lying down
- A gentle active, outdoor form
- Loosing exercises to benefit your joints
- An acupressure routine to follow sitting practice
- How to implement practice in daily life
- Relaxing & possibly sleeping at times 😊
Who is the teacher?
Qi Gong is such a powerful practice, it is important to learn from somebody who thoroughly understands Qi Gong. Many claim to, but few actually do. Dr Elaine Hickman will be teaching this Qi Gong workshop. Elaine Hickman is a Doctor of Chinese Medicine who has specialised in Acupuncture for over 20 years. Elaine has been studying Qi Gong since 1994 and learnt Medical Qi Gong from Qi Gong master Dr. Bisong Guo, author of “Listen to Your Body”. Elaine practiced with Bisong intensely for five years, travelling to China on a Qi Gong study tour in 2006. Elaine is passionate about bringing you an authentic, empowering and enjoyable workshop so you can experience the amazingly relaxing and healing benefits of Medical Qi Gong.
How many people will there be in the workshop?
The workshops will have a maximum number of 10 participants to ensure high quality teaching and practice.
What do I need to wear?
Loose fitting comfortable clothing and shoes with socks.
What level of ability is required?
The ability to lie down, stand, sit and be quiet is all that is essentially required. The workshop is tailored to beginners, although the more experienced are welcome.
Are the workshops suitable for pregnant women?
Yes, the activities in the workshop are gentle. Please just advise your teacher.
What are the benefits of Qi Gong?
Regular Qi Gong practice:
Calms the mind
Connects you with your self
Facilitates emotional stability
Builds muscular strength