Shibashi qigong (tr 18 movements to do energy work ) is about so much more than arm movements. In fact the movements your arms makes are in many ways the least important aspect. The shibashi moves are meant to be done standing in hip width stance, side to side stance, or forward and back stance.. But one promotion point is that the moves can be done seated.
We had an interesting discussion about words over the weekend….becasue we all use shorthand ‘seated qigong’ when what we SHOULD be saying is ‘qigong adapted for those who need to sit’ Because qigong is designed to be done standing , but can be adapted for those who cannot stand for long periods or need to sit.
NEED to sir….not want to sit becasue its easier but NEED to sit. Trust me …after a weekend improving my knowledge and understanding of qigong I can state unequivocally that doing the set seated is harder than doing it standing.. And you cannot get the full benefits. But you can still get some.
This weekend has deepened my understanding and knowledge of qigong generally.. So my personal journey continues. And my challenge is to use this knowledge to improve the journeys of those who attend my sessions. .
Everyone who uses qigong is on their own journey. We al use it for different reasons, we all use it for a different purpose.I use it to stay healthy in the broadest sense of the word. The concept that ‘seated qigong’ is actually more difficult than the standing fits well the simple mantra that codifies my approach to the getting older. Use it or lose it. In this case…..using my legs to help get the maximum benefits from my personal qigong practice. Namaste