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At 10am on the 8th of September, Tai Chi Australia (TCA) was honored to host the inaugural annual World Health Qigong Day at Federation Square.
Coordinated by the International Health Qigong Federation (IHQF), more than 50 thousand enthusiastic Health Qigong (HQ) practitioners from over 80 organizations descended upon venues in 43 countries across five continents to practice non-stop together for 24 hours. Starting in New Zealand and ending in Canada, the event proved an enormous worldwide success.
HQ is an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Fluid physical movements, mental cultivation and regulated breathing guides and promotes the free flow of energy (Qi) throughout the body, which helps to balance Yin and Yang, improve general health and a greater sense of well-being.
TCA instructors, students, local Melbournians, interstate and overseas visitors were all privileged to have TCA chief instructor, Master Han Jin Song and other instructors to demonstrate and teach three HQ forms: Eight Golden Brocade, Yi Jin Jing, Yangsheng Zhang and 12-Step Daoyin Health Preservation Exercises.
This is a special day promoting the benefits of HQ. We would like people to learn more about it and practice it. We would like people to take interest in it and love it so that it becomes part of their lives.
The benefits and practice of HQ have been growing in popularity worldwide. The second World Health Qigong Day proved an enormous success and will be held on the second Saturday of September each year.
Today, we have a great opportunity to learn from other IHQF member organisations from around the world. Together, we will make this event bigger and better.
For over ten years Federation Square has been recognised as the Melbourne hub for HQ and Tai Chi. Curious on lookers were attracted by the soothing traditional Chinese music, the relaxed movements and the serenity of those participating. Many could not resist the opportunity to join in and learn the basics of HQ.
TCA chief instructor Master Han Jin Song said Melbournians are fortunate. “Federation Square is the first and only single place in the world where you can learn and practice HQ and Tai Chi, free of charge, every week, 52 weeks a year regardless of the weather.” HQ classes are held from 8am to 9am every Friday and Tai Chi from 7.30am to 8.30am each Tuesday. Everybody is welcome.
TCA acknowledges Federation Square management for their continual support for over ten years.
The 3rd China International Health Qigong Tournament and Exchange was held in August 2018, at Jiuhuashan, Anhui Province, China.
TCA’s Chief instructor, Master Han Jin Song and Instructors, Judy and Helen were among the150 Health Qigong enthusiasts from more than 25 Health Qigong Associations from China, Asia, South America and Oceania who attended the event which was held over four days.
Participants competed in a maximum of two events chosen from Yi Jin Jing, Wu Qin Xi, Liu Zi Jue, Ba Duan Jin, Da Wu and Yang Sheng Zhang.
Congratulations to Judy and Helen who both received medals: Judy, a Gold medal in Yang Sheng Zhang and Bronze medal in Liu Zi Jue; and Helen, a Bronze medal in Ba Duan Jin.
Health Qigong devotees also enthusiastically attended a session conducted by two leading Health Qigong Professors, who revised the Da Wu and Yang Sheng Zhang forms that were included in the Tournament program.
Jiuhuashan is one of four sacred Buddhist mountains in China. Although the weather was hot and humid, with rain and thunderstorms a number of historical sightseeing tours were organised including Lingyang Ancient Town, with its stone bridges and ancient buildings and the traditional Wannan 300 Village, with its ancient crafts, sources and storage of food, and village way of life. Chinese culture was also experienced consisting of a welcoming massage at a Chinese Medical Centre and the challenge of calligraphy at a calligraphy studio.
During the Tournament Judy renewed many acquaintances with Health Qigong friends from around the world and Helen made many new friends. Both agreed that to have the opportunity to travel to China to compete and learn Health Qigong from acclaimed Chinese professors with others from many countries was an incredible privilege.
The international magazine Medscape recently reported that new research comparing the traditional martial art, tai chi with aerobic exercise, for improving the overall severity of fibromyalgia symptoms was as good if not better.
A non-drug treatment, tai chi appears effective for better managing fibromyalgia," the investigators, led by Chenchen Wang, MD, Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts, writes, ‘This mind-body approach may be considered a therapeutic option in the multidisciplinary management of fibromyalgia.’ The study was published online March 21 in the BMJ.
A single-blind trial over a 52 week period also showed improvements in depression, anxiety, self-efficacy, and the mental component of the Short-Form Health Survey (SF-36) quality-of-life measure.
The study included 226 people with fibromyalgia who were randomly assigned to receive supervised aerobic exercise for 24 weeks, twice weekly, or one of four Yang-style supervised tai chi interventions, 12 or 24 weeks once or twice weekly. Participants were followed for 52 weeks. Investigators report adherence was "rigorously" encouraged in person and by telephone.
Fibromyalgia is a complex disorder, characterized by chronic widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, sleep disturbance, and prominent physical and psychological impairment. Although aerobic exercise is recommended as a standard treatment for fibromyalgia many patients find it difficult to exercise because of fluctuations in symptoms.
Some trials have suggested that tai chi alleviates pain and improves physical and mental health in patients with fibromyalgia but concluded that larger and more rigorous trials are needed to confirm the results. At this time, the duration and frequency of tai chi required to achieve optimal benefits are unknown as compared with aerobic exercise.
Last month Healthbeat, a publication of Harvard Medical School reported that the regular practice of Tai Chi leads to a healthier, happier life.
The key to Tai Chi’s scientifically backed health benefits is ‘qi’ the vital energy of the body. When qi flows freely the body is balanced and healthy. If qi is weakened or blocked, physical, mental and emotional problems are experienced.
In an increasing number of recent studies, tai chi has proven to benefit health in many ways including: lower blood pressure, reduce stress, build strength and balance, slow the onset of dementia, relieve pain. Everyone can benefit regardless of fitness levels without the risk of injury.
More info at: www.health.harvard.edu
The 2nd World Health Qigong Day will be celebrated from 10.00am to 12.00noon on Saturday 8 September 2018.
The celebration will be held at Flinders Street Amphitheatre, Federation Square.
Everyone is welcome to join us in celebrating this world-wide event.