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  • What: An ancient healing system which focuses on the restoration of holistic balance through gentle breathing techniques and slow movements

  • Origins: Qigong can be traced back some two thousand years in ancient China.

  • Benefits:Qigong can harmonise, strengthen and have a healing effect on the functioning of all the internal organs and bodily systems. It increases the supply and flow of energy throughout the body, can have a variety of rejuvenating effects and is believed to increase longevity as it induces calm mental and emotional states.

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Day 11, 25/09/11: Discovering Qigong - China

Up this morning to briefly play qigong before treatments began. Acupuncture involved six needles in my upper back with two placed near each armpit.

Straight away as the needles received the customary 'twist' I felt the energy surge. This sensation is actually becoming quite addictive, it feels good; it feels in some way progressive.

Lunch was in a Mongolian style restaurant. Each individual table had their own cook pots filled with a broth in which to cook the micro sheaths of lamb, beef and an array of leaves/vegetables.

Back in the Institute we played qigong with Francesco and Daisy, today's form was related to organ cleansing. Loved the movements and especially valued the accompanying visualisations.

Out in the courtyard I played qigong tennis with Anila. Initially it took a while to get the gist of it but once we did it was so therapeutic; not at all competitive. In fact I would say it's the perfect game to cultivate ones upaya.

This evening we received a talk on 'Qigong emission and how to cultivate health'. What I'm finding so very interesting is the overlap between other practices I've come across on my travels; the similarities are astounding.

Tonight was our opportunity to transmit healing chi to the students; which also meant standing in front of a room full of people... hmm not my forte. As I transmitted the energy a tingling heat penetrated my palm, in fact the sensation was very similar to reiki.