Qigong is based on a series of slow movements which help free up and increase the energy flow within the body, according to Bridgetown resident and Qigong teacher Stan Sieradzki, who is keen to share the benefits of the ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention.
Qigong – pronounced “Chi Gung” – means the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe and is believed to help reduce stress, relax the mind, muscles, tendons, joints and inner organs.
“Some of the benefits that can be derived from regular practice of Qigong include helping improve posture, flexibility, circulation, strength and mental acuity,” Stan explains.
“Practising Qigong consistently and even as little as 20 minutes a day, helps replenish your body’s vital energy at a very deep level, reawakening your body’s natural self-healing capacity.”
Stan is currently holding Qigong classes in Bridgetown, Donnybrook, Manjimup and Bunbury – he is passionate about spreading the message of the benefits of the ancient health practice.
“I really want to get the message out there about the benefits of the ancient Chinese practice, as I believe it can benefit so many people in so many ways.”
During one of the weekly sessions that Stan holds in Bridgetown, a number of participants were keen to share their stories about how the yoga type practice has been benefiting them.
Amy Dyer, who was involved in a car accident at the beginning of the year, said it had helped her enormously with her rehabilitation and her physiotherapist was impressed with her steady progression.
“Qigong has helped with the rehabilitation of the muscles as well as exercising all the stabilities around the joints,” Amy said.
“It has helped me be able to move my legs in more ways than I would have thought possible and my physio is very happy.”
Passionate attendee Pat Strahan said it had helped the severe swelling around her ankles clear up after only three weeks and it had a positive impact on her internal balance as well.
“I practice Qigong everyday and it has really helped with my balance internally and out,” Pat said.
“It helps me to calm my mind and offers stress relief which has helped with my balance, flexibility and overall well-being.”
“This is such a simple and powerful practice that anyone can learn and adapt into their lives, and that’s what I really love about it,” Stan said.
More information about the benefits of Qigong can be found on Stan’s Facebook page, “Qigong is a way of being”, or call 0419 943 095.