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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 14, 28/09/11: Discovering Qigong - China

Thankfully my head is still attached this morning and the swollen temple appears to have flattened somewhat.

The treatments today were once again very relaxing, though I wasn't comfortable with anything touching the right side of my head.

We headed out to the Jietai Temple today. This place was great, for me it represented the true essence of spiritual practice; quiet, simple and surrounded by nature. The trees here were an absolute joy to be around, each one like a mythological creature, a mighty dragon, a surfacing anaconda.

After two weeks of successfully navigating the squat pans, Abi today made a fatal error; yep you've guessed it... i-phone in the back pocket! I can only imagine what sacred words were uttered during the moment of impact; err and I wouldn't have wanted to put my hand anywhere near one of those holes, alcohol wipes or not!

Back at the Institute we ate lunch before heading out to the Fragrant Hill Hotel. In making our way up the road our driver was involved in a standoff with another vehicle. Neither would budge. Eventually ours decided to back-up clipping his right wing in the process; tempers flared as an argument ensued.

I sat smiling at the students, I so wanted them to leap off the bus, Kung-Fu style. The scene had all the makings of a Bruce Lee epic; Mr Miyagi would've been proud.