Qigong (pronounced chee-kung) is an ancient exercise system that is older than the written word. Gentle movements, deep breathing and intent mind focus combine to create a state of relaxation which optimizes the body’s natural recovery and healing.
Qigong is the “mother” of Tai Chi. Tai Chi, or Taiji, is a martial art that traces back to the 1600’s. Tai Chi utilizes the awareness and relaxation of Qigong to effortlessly absorb and deflect assailants. We can also use Tai Chi to effectively neutralize our “inner demons” and to cultivate the strength and confidence of a peaceful warrior.
Qigong movements are coordinated with deep breathing, repeated many times, and quickly develop a state of deep relaxation. Tai Chi movements are more complex, dance-like and sequential with one movement leading to the next. Modern research is finding that Qigong excels at promoting relaxation, boosting the immune system, and enhancing general body function. Tai Chi has been proven to improve balance and enhance brain plasticity.
Three Keys Tai Chi offers various forms of Qigong, and TaiChiEasy™. TaiChiEasy™ is a gateway form designed to improve the quality of life for people of all ages– whether well or unwell. This includes those who may be dealing with disease, chronic pain and health conditions, limited mobility, deficient immune systems, anxiety or depression. Using simplified Tai Chi based on the four major recognized styles of Tai Chi, this program is straightforward and highly adaptable.
TaiChiEasy™ includes steps and exercises that improve mobility, breathing and relaxation. The movements don’t require deep bending or squatting, which makes it easier and more comfortable to learn. In addition, the instruction includes seated and standing stationary versions of all the movements. This encourages people of all levels and abilities to learn and participate.