HEALTH PROMOTING QIGONG
Open courses for the public to improve and enhance health through the practice of Qigong.
Qigong (pronounced chee gung) is an ancient system of health promotion and health maintenance which has been in existence for thousands of years. Its origins in China spread back to the beginnings of history before written records were invented.
It is at once one of the most ancient and wonderful forms of meditative exercise known to man. Qigong in its original form helps to get rid of stress, tension, anxiety and fearfulness. It replaces these with a sense of ease, relaxation, confidence and self assurance.
It is a harmonious blend of meditative and movement-based practice that is suitable for all ages. It includes simple physical exercises, basic breathing exercises and meditative practice to calm the mind and spirit.
Health-promoting Qigong, also known as Qigong for Health and Wellbeing, is part of Chinese therapeutic exercises.
The ICTCM's Weekend Workshops in Health-promoting Qigong provide a set of simple movements, breathing exercises and relaxation/meditation techniques which people can practice on their own at home.
These short weekend courses in Health-promoting Qigong run 2 or 3 times each year in Dublin, and are open to all adult members of the public. Dates and Fees.
What are the benefits of learning and doing Qigong?
Qigong is uniquely empowering on all levels and provides benefits
- physically, by strengthening and toning the body
- psychologically, by stabilising and calming the emotions
- mentally, by clearing and sharpening the mind and
- on a higher plain, by expanding one's deeper insights and capabilities, bringing one, step by step closer in awareness to one's original, primordial state.
It enables you to be more relaxed, calm and integrated and more fulfilled on all levels. With regular practice the body becomes stronger, more supple and better balanced and the mind and emotions are calmer yet more "switched-on". In this way, one is better able to resist illness and to fight disease. Moreover, it is safe. It is effective. It is easy to learn and easy to do. And most of all, it is enjoyable.
In a word, Qigong is a remarkable treasure from ancient China that is now made available to modern people who wish to expand their health, increase their sense of purpose and boost their inner resources to more effectively, calmly and enjoyably meet the many challenges of everyday living in the contemporary world .
Who can apply
The weekend courses are suitable for all adults. This includes those who are . physically fit and in prime health . generally healthy but under stress . hoping and wishing to improve their health, fitness and mental/emotional well-being.
No prior knowledge of Qigong, Chinese Medicine, Fitness Exercise, Martial Arts or meditation is required. Everyone can gain benefit from Qigong practice and can progress to a stage that is suitable for them.
Introductory Qigong weekends are beginner's courses for those who have not yet done any previous Qigong training with the ICTCM. This weekend is an essential pre-requisite for anyone wishing to take part in any of our longer or more advanced Health-promoting or Medical Qigong courses.
Further Qigong Skills Weekends are for those who have already done some Qigong training with the ICTCM and who wish to revise the exercises they have already learned and/or learn some new ones - perhaps in preparation for joining a longer Certificate course in Qigong or Medical Qigong.
Higher levels of Qigong training can also be provided for suitable students.