The Endless Web - Qigong Class 1
February 26th saw the culmination of 6 - 8 months of planning between Bill Bryan and myself, with the presentation of the first class in our 12 week Qigong series.
This day was exciting for a few reasons... one being the joining of forces (Bill: massage therapist, Gina: shiatsu practitioner), philosophies (Bill: western anatomy/physiology, Gina: eastern 'energy-based' medicine) and teaching styles (Bill: lots of experience with planning, outlines, and public speaking, Gina: mostly winging it.)
But primarily, this has been an opportunity to demystify an Eastern exercise practice in Western terms, from the perspective of two bodyworkers ... not certified teachers of the art.
Beginning with our desire to really explain to the students not only what qigong is, but why and how it works, we hoped to give them a chance to take ownership of the movements to benefit their health, rather than just taking their bodies through the motions.
One of the more profound realizations behind this intention came though the book, "Anatomy Trains", by Thomas Myers - a comprehensive study of the little understood but enormous role of fascia in our health.
The author is reluctant to say that he's mapped the actual Chinese acupuncture meridian system, though the similarities are uncanny, and this work may go a long way in explaining how this seemingly mystical modality works.
We are only beginning to understand what it seems the ancient Chinese always knew... how simple stretching and breathing movements could possibly affect the function of internal organs, emotional states, mental clarity, and overall health. But this is the very exploration that Bill and Gina hope to encourage with this class, and what we intended to bring forth with our seven willing participants .. through our own study as well as the actual movements of the qigong series.
Curious to learn more? You can still join us ... contact us for more info.