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All the latest news from the media and medical studies related to Tai Chi and Qigong.

Good Life Practice

by Keith Sharp, a local experienced and approved Tai Chi & Qigong (TCQ) instructor

Qigong (pronounced Chee Ghun) is an easily accessible mindful movement practice for all ages, good for promoting balance and wellbeing.

Qi is the energy that runs through us all, while Gong means the skill acquired through practicing a discipline. Qigong is therefore an energy skill and offers a system of healing exercises and meditations to enhance all areas of life.

It is some 3,000 years old and forms the basis of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Qi is ‘life force’ with Qigong considered ‘internal energy cultivation.’ The evidence base that Qigong is safe has the potential to become a cost effective and widely accessible holistic practice.

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Tai Chi 'could be prescribed' for illnesses on the NHS

NHS Networks, Tai Chi & Chi-kung for rehabilitation

A recent article on the NHS Network site reports this ancient Chinese art improves physical performance and enhances quality of life. Tai Chi combines deep breathing and relaxation with slow and gentle movements. The study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, suggests the exercise helps with pain and stiffness in arthritis.

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The Keys to a Healthier Old Age

Keith Sharp interviewed - Holistic Therapist Magazine

We have an ageing population. Over a third of the 65 million people who live in the UK are over fifty and there are 11.4 million of us over 65. As the saying goes, “Old age does not come alone.” As we age, our healthcare needs often become more complex and expensive, putting additional strain on the already underfunded National Health Service.

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An evidence map of the effect of Tai Chi on health outcomes

Michele R. Solloway et al, NCBI

Background

This evidence map describes the volume and focus of Tai Chi research reporting health outcomes. Originally developed as a martial art, Tai Chi is typically taught as a series of slow, low-impact movements that integrate the breath, mind, and physical activity to achieve greater awareness and a sense of well-being.

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