How does physical posture and spinal alignment affect our physical health and vitality? Common sense would suggest that the way that you hold your body would have an impact on your capactiy to move your arms and legs more or less freely. A tense shoulder will limit movement of your arm, and tight back will limit hip rotation and impair movement of the leg.
But if that’s the case then if the muscles in the back, hip or shoulder are held tightly then it would suggest that perhaps the internal organs might be impaired in their function too.
What if your diaphragm was tense and tight, wouldn’t that perhaps affect your breathing, or possibly any of the organs that will connect to diaphragmatic movement? Surely if your posture is hunched over and you can’t breathe deeply then there’ll be less oxygen in your system.
What about the kidneys? MRI scans have revealed that they change shape dramatically with physical movement, are constantly massaged by the dropping diaphragm, and move about nine miles per day (!!!). Kidneys are crucial for the maintenance of correct blood pressure’ and the management of salt and osmotic processes across the body. You want those guys working their very best.
Is it possible that if your muscles in your pelvis are habitually tight and shortened that blood flow will be constricted and your heart will have to work harder particularly in moving blood in the legs? I mean it’s only a bit harder.. minute to minute not a problem, but over twenty years, that’s going to mean something, right?
The ancient Chinese had a long standing obsession with maintenance of youth and vitality. Chi kung is the chinese science of body movement. It focusses on improving the relationship between the emotional and physical tension and the organic processes of your system. It’s about how to optimise your physical vitality and slow, or reverse, the ageing process.
In practice it is learning relaxed whole body movements that create ease and comfort and a sense of freedom in your body. This is quite good for you emotionally… alright it’s very, very, very good for your emotionally. Chronic postural habits are almost always a reflection of an emotional state.
Chi kung is a kind of intricate two thousand year old moving healing practice, which has no parallell in the western view of the body. It’s one of the eight parts of Chinese medicine. It underpins ‘soft’ martial arts like Tai Jii or Bagua. With good material and consistant practice the physical and emotional benefits are quickly apparent. It hasn’t really appeared in the west because of the issues of Chinese culture, poor translation and the closed nature of Chinese society since the cultural revolution. It’s ideas about the body are radical and far reaching. Shifting and massaging and enhancing the deep levels of the body with posture and aligned movement. We’ve been doing it and trying to get people to do it for years. Qi Gong is about regaining freedom and ease in your body which is your lost birth right, and we think it’s probably important to help people to find this.
Keith Simpson runs daily classes in central Brighton in the mornings Tuesday afternoon and Thursday evening for further details email@example.com
Karen White teaches a class on Tuesday evening in Hanover tel 07984697041
Calum Thomson is teaching a class on Thursday morning call 07760492136 or 07540496076