Mon: 5:30 – 6:45 pm at Buddina
Tues: 7-8 am at Buddina
Wed: 10:30 – 11:30 am Forest Glen
Thurs: 5:30 – 6:45 pm Buddina
Resilient Health Body Technologies is a combination of the most powerful health giving body technologies I have experienced in my 20 years of practise. Its strongest influence is the Chinese Taoist body technology of Qigong (pronounced “Chi gung”). The practice also contains integrated elements of Hatha Yoga, Tai Chi, and Physiotherapy informed Pilates. The practice is based on a carefully considered understanding of body mechanics from the point of view of Western Anatomy and Physiology and from Traditional Chinese/Taoist body technology as embodied in Qigong.
Qigong is a form of exercise developed in China to improve health, longevity, and functional ability. In common with Qigong, Resilient Health Body Technologies prioritize improving conditions for the function of internal organs and endocrine glands, and for the circulation of nutrients throughout the body including the bones and bone marrow. The emphasis on circulation also creates fluid patterns of movement that convey grace without strain and serve as the basis of the internal martial arts and the internal healing arts.
More than one of my Chinese martial arts/healing arts teachers come from 400 year old teaching lineages. From their perspective vitality and longevity is in large part due to specific Taoist exercise techniques with origins deep in antiquity based on assumptions about what is important for health that many Westerners may not be familiar with.
Organ and gland function is of particular concern because from the perspective of Taoist body technology the way we all learn to stand as infants creates patterns of tension in the trunk that leads to intra-abdominal pressures which impede organ and gland function. Furthermore, these patterns of tension can lead to irritation of nerves near the spine leading to further organ function deterioration and sometimes to back and limb pain as well. Also of concern is the quality of the blood because of the predisposition of red blood cells to clump together with aging creating barriers to circulation. While Western approaches to physical fitness such as cycling or swimming in moderation are considered helpful to health, they may also leave critical parts of the trunk tense, which can worsen organ, gland, and nerve function.
The Taoist solution is to use specific combinations of movements with “Taoist breathing” to release unnecessary tension, enhance organ and gland function and separate clumped blood cells to afford better circulation to organs, glands, and nerves. This is considered of the highest priority for vitality and longevity. Learning how to release unnecessary tension and harness the movement/breathing of Qigong takes time, but provides benefits for life from day one. Hope to meet you in classes or workshops.
Kind regards and Namaste,
Ben Gaffney PHYSIOTHERAPIST B.Sc. (Hons), Ph.D., MPhSt., Yoga Australia regd Teacher (Level 1)