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Penrith NSW 2750
What is Tai Chi Qigong Shibashi?
Tai Chi Qigong Shibashi is a set of Qigong exercises based on the philosophy of Tai Chi and extracts some of the best movements from the Yang style Tai Chi Chuan. Shibashi literally means 18 movements and is one of the most popular Qigong forms in the world. Shibashi is a gentle flowing form of exercise that was developed in 1979 by Professor Li Hou-Sheng, a renowned Qigong master and traditional Chinese medical practitioner. Shibashi refines the essence and movements of Tai Chi into a set that is quick and easy to learn and is practised around the world by over 10 million people.
The 18 Shibashi exercises are designed to improve the general health and wellbeing of the practitioner, by providing a gentle physical and mental workout for the body and mind. The gentle rocking motions and stretching movements improve circulation and digestion. The chest exercises and controlled breathing are good for lung conditions and asthma. The overall effect is to reduce mental stress and physical tension, hence cultivating relaxation and energy.
Shibashi takes approximately 10 weeks to learn, after which time you can practise on your own with continued health benefits or keep practising in a group/class setting.
About the facilitator:
Anna is an authorised Qigong Shibashi teacher as taught by the Australian Academy of Qigong and Tai Chi in Sydney. She is also an Awareness Through Movement Feldenkrais Method teacher. She has Bachelors degrees in Physical Education and Psychology, as well as a diploma in Reflexology (health care rebates apply).
“I have been practising some form or Tai Chi or Shibashi for many years and have found it to be very calming and grounding for both my mind and body. What I really like about Shibashi is that you only need a small space to practise it, you can either do all the movements as one sequence which only takes about 15 mins, or do only a couple of the exercises if you I don’t have a lot of time. They iron out my aches and pains and are very meditative and relaxing as they also engage my mind and breathing.” Anna