- Gua sha
- Compulsory Internal Exercises for Traditional Tuina Training (Strengthening Exercises for Manual Therapists)
- Health Preservation Exercises
Course: Kui De Tang – Nourishing Life
Dietary & lifestyle advice for health and longevity is the main focus of this short course. We will cover dietary advice including; general principles of dietetics, the five flavors, yin/yang quality & characteristics of foods as well as lifestyle advice. Including areas such as; emotions, exercise, materialism, work and leisure. We will be using the following Kui De Tang texts as our study guide; ‘The Practice of Nothing Excessive’, ‘The Diet & Lifestyle More-Less Song’ and ‘The Twelve Verse Longevity Rhymed Formula’. This course is particularly suited to those perhaps thinking about making changes in an area of their life that is mentioned above or those who have no prior knowledge of this subject. This four week course runs for one hour on 4 consecutive Saturday mornings or Thursday evenings. Cost £40.
Course: Taoist Meditation for Beginners
Students will be introduced to Taoist microcosmic orbiting meditation or small heavenly circuit meditation. This six week course provides each student with enough knowledge so that upon completion of study students will have the necessary skills so as to carry on their practice of elementary level meditation alone without supervision. The emphasis will be on learning how to sit, correct posture, alignment, relaxation and breathing.
Benefits of Taoist Meditation:
- Calms the mind & spirit
- Balance/harmonizes our Jing (essence), Qi (energy) & Shen (spirit)
- Lowers high blood pressure
- Good for men’s health
- Improves our digestion
- For chronic conditions caused by stress and anxiety
- Promotes longevity & good health
This six week course takes place at Kui De Tang on six consecutive Tuesday evenings. Cost £60.
Course: Health Preservation Exercises form the Taoist Immortal Taiyi
Health Preservation Exercises from the Taoist Immortal Taiyi (Taiyi Yangsheng Gong) is a complete set of Health preservation exercises. It is just one of several ‘internal’ forms as well as various exercises found within the Seven Stars Praying Mantis style. Yangsheng exercises are performed for health preservation, disease prevention and treatment. They work by using self massage techniques which stimulate the natural healing powers of the body, preventing disease from taking hold. The exercises are performed daily either in the morning or evening. All of these exercises may be performed from a seated position making them particularly suitable for the elderly or chronically ill. This particular form pays special attention to one’s breathing and self massage techniques. The course is suitable for adults of all ages.
Benefits of the form Taiyi Yangsheng Gong:
- Increases flexibility
- Help in the treatment of various conditions from back pain to high blood pressure
- Speeds up rehabilitation process
- Relieves muscular tension
- Improves circulation
- Improves digestion
- Relieves stress & anxiety as well as other chronic conditions caused by stress
- Inner silence
- Promotes longevity and good health.
This twelve week course runs on twelve consecutive Tuesday evenings. Cost £120.
Course: Eight Section of Brocade (Standing)
Eight sections of brocade is a simple and easy to learn beginners set of Qigong (‘breathing exercise’) which like all Kui De Tang forms has a ‘seven character poem’ to help remember the movements. It may be practiced by the young, old, healthy or sick. The practice requires that the movements of the torso and limbs be in harmony with the spirit (Shen) and the breath (Qi). The movements should be gentle, relaxed and slow and the breath should be fine, even, deep and long. For those in good health the set can be performed more vigorously. In the form, movements that call for extending outward, bowing forward, leaning backward and swaying to the side serve to massage organs and areas such as; triple burner, heart, lungs, spleen, stomach, kidney and waist. The movements help to regulate the Qi and blood of the channels and internal organs, and can also prevent and cure heart fire, the five exhaustion’s, seven injuries and various diseases. They also have the ability to prevent and correct poor postural habits, shoulder and neck problems, such as herniated disc, hunched back, rounded shoulders, hunched back, high blood pressure and sciatica.
Other benefits of the form ‘Eight sections of brocade’:
- Increase flexibility
- Increase strength of lower and upper body
- Improves balance
- Improves circulation
- Regulate blood pressure
- Prevent illness of the digestive system
- Enhances respiratory system
- Relaxes the central nervous system
- Calming & peaceful
- Improves general health & immune system
- Promotes longevity & maintains good health.
The course also includes the study of the Kui De Tang text ‘The Song of Preventing illness & Prolonging Life’ which includes dietary and lifestyle advice from the Taoist tradition. The course runs on eight consecutive Tuesday evenings. Cost £80.