â€˜Qigong in our Daily Livesâ€™ was the theme of the October meeting of the Chichester and Surrounding Area FHTÂ Local Support Group for Therapists. And Kim Lovelace, an experienced local Shiatsu Practitioner and Trainer who runs regular Qigong classes, was an inspiring speaker who soon had all 24 of us taking off our shoes and socks to practice some simple Qigong exercises.
What is Qigong?
Qigong has its origins in ancient China but spread through Asia in many different styles. It involves physical movements/exercises, usually combined with visualisation. We enjoyed taking part in some basic Qigong movements which Kim encouraged us to make in a slow, controlled, mindful way.
Feedback was very positive especially as for many of us this was the first time we had experienced Qigong. There was a sense of calm and focus within the hall as we reflected on the need for quiet and stillness in our daily lives. Â We also shared ways of incorporating Qigong into our professional practice.
Kim generously offered a raffle prize of six hours of Qigong lessons at one of his classes. This was won by a very happy Eleni Thompson (pictured above) who, co-incidentally, is one of the speakers at the next meeting on December 5th.Â During the December meeting we will marking the first birthday of the group with cake and seasonal nibbles so it would wonderful to see as many people as possible.
Everyone is very welcome at the group which meets every other month. And we were so pleased that seven newcomers, some FHT members, some non-members, some partners and some friends, joined us for this meeting. Â The more the merrier – and we certainly do value merriment in the group!