Qi Gong or “energy work” is a mind and movement practice that uses posture and intention to move and strengthen Ki (energy). The slow movements, stretches and deep breathing aim to promote relaxation so that Ki can flow in the body.
Qi Gong gives us a way to cultivate our own Ki, helping to prevent dis-ease from taking root. It’s also a light and gentle way to start your day!
There are thousands of Qi Gong forms. Here are the two that I instruct.
The Hua Gong (healing form)
This simple yet powerful form explores our existence as a soul in physical form, standing between the abundant energies of Heaven and Earth. It helps to make our central channel clear and strong, supported by natural healing energies. It is easy to learn and so is perfect for those new to Qi Gong.
The Tai Chi Qigong Shibashi Set One
This form combines all three major categories of Qi Gong: Moving, Standing and Meditative. They are key elements of a well-rounded Qi Gong practice. The Shabashi Set One is perfect for all levels of experience. You can follow this form in your own time to really develop your practice and experiences of Qi Gong.
“Throughly enjoyed Qi Gong with Sarah. She created a safe and inviting space for us to practice the gentle movements and meditations. Sarah gives really clear instructions and catered well to the needs of a mixed ability group.
She shared info about the Five Elements, earth and heaven energy, keeping a clear channel of energy flowing through you, the importance of the fascia, intention and maintaining health using our own self-healing ability. I also loved how she involves visualisations of animals, nature and colours!
It was easy to follow and Im glad I tried it out. Interesting and relaxing.“
Millions of people around the world enjoy the ancient practice of Qi Gong. The rocking motions and stretching movements help to improve circulation and digestion; the chest exercises and breathing are good for lung conditions and asthma; and the gentle pace helps to ease tension from the mind and the muscles.
Builds energy and flexibility
Improves awareness of mind and emotions
Easy to learn
Restores peace and calm
Loosens and strengthens joints and muscles
I started practising Qi Gong during my Shiatsu Diploma training in 2016. At the start of the day we practised various Qi Gong forms to warm-up fascia and open energy meridians. It helped us to develop a deeper experience of our physical and energetic bodies.
The more I practised Qi Gong at home, the more curious I became because moving Ki (with movement and the mind) led to totally new sensations and experiences.
Qi Gong transformed my understanding of my existence and brought a whole new meaning to my Shiatsu work and working with Ki for my own self-care.
It is common for Shiatsu Practitioners to practice a form of energy cultivation (Aikido, Qi Gong, karate etc) in order to maintain our vital energy, and re-charge our energy stores. In reality, Qi Gong is a good practice for anyone looking to maintain their health and prevent disease from arising.
I founded SJA Holistics to help people get well, feel great, and stay well using the power of practices derived from Eastern Medicine including Shiatsu, Reiki, Acupressure and Qi Gong.
For over a decade I’ve worked with Ki and have first-hand experience of how energy- and body-work can lead to positive health. Working with the energy body as well as the physical can bring profound changes to mental, emotional and physical issues.
After completing three years of study for the Professional Shiatsu Diploma, I honed my experience working voluntarily for six months in a national UK charity giving Shiatsu to people recovering from substance misuse.
It is my mission to help you recognise your own self-healing ability and to empower you with the skills and knowledge you need to dramatically improve your self-care.
We create your current health picture. Then we get clear on your goals so that we are aligned from the outset. This makes it easier to monitor progress.
Every one of us has a universal energy, also known as lifeforce, chi, prana and Ki, that underpins our whole existence, and within that, our health. Stimulating the flow of Ki is how you can get well, feel great and stay well.