Resilient Health Body Technologies (www.resilienthealth.com.au) 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 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. Its primary emphasis is on improving the function of the internal organs. Hand and hand with this approach is the emphasis on improving circulation through bones, joints, nerves, and endocrine glands. This affords the body with greater resilience to stress and more efficient movement patterns greatly valued by athletes and dancers alike. These movement patterns give Qigong a sense of fun fluid grace and the relief from pain and improvement in function they have afforded me personally is superlative.
I have two Chinese martial arts/healing arts teachers. Wee Kee Jin is a dedicated Taijiquan (Tai Chi) teacher from a 400 year old teaching lineage. My other teacher, Zhen Hua Yang, also comes from a 400 year old tradition, although his differs by being a family lineage. He has two teachers that are over 100 years old (at last count). From their perspective their 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)
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