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"I'm off half the amount of painkillers because of Qigong"

Want to try something new this year? As well as get fit and healthy? Try Qigong! If you haven’t got a clue what Qigong is or even how to pronounce it, we’ve got all the information you need and why you should give it a go!

Pronounced as “Chee-Gung” it roots from Chinese medicine and is a holistic system of coordinated body posture and movement, breathing, and meditation used for health, spirituality and martial arts training.

Qigong practice typically involves moving meditation, coordinating slow flowing movement, deep rhythmic breathing, and calm meditative state of mind. Qigong is now practised throughout China and worldwide for recreation, exercise and relaxation, preventive medicine and self-healing, alternative medicine, meditation and self-cultivation and training for martial arts.

There are over 30 benefits of Qigong! Take a look:

Stainforth 4 ALL spoke to two learners Anne Sylvester and Ann Brown about why they like Qigong and what’s the most positive impact they’ve got from it:

“I like doing it with other like-minded people. The pace is suited to me as well, it’s not too fast. But the main thing I’ve got out of it is I have less pain in my knee. I’ve got terrible arthritis, and since doing Qigong from after Christmas, I’m on half the amount of pain killers.” – Anne Sylvester

 “3 years ago, I got Gallbladder. I had to be put to sleep and was in critical care for 2 weeks. I started having nightmares because of all the medicine they were giving me, it made my mind go haywire. I was just in and out of the hospital from October till April. Doing Qigong has helped me a lot, at the start, I couldn’t shut my eyes because I’m still scared of the dark from being in hospital but now I can. I might seem silly to others, but it’s a huge step for me. I still have to sleep with a light on and the door open when I’m at home because I’m frightened. It brings back memories of being in that hospital room again. Doing QiGong is therapeutic, it’s been greatly positive for me so far – I’m excited what’s to come.” – Ann Brown

Fancy learning how to be a Qigong master? Sessions are held on Wednesday’s at The Stainforth Resource Centre (formerly known as the Old Folks Centre). The class will run from 10am – 12pm and will only be £4 per person. Light refreshments are included in the price. If you would like any further information, please ring 07703345516.

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