Tai chi is a type of low-impact, weight bearing and aerobic—yet relaxing—exercise. It began as a martial art. As it developed, it took on the purpose of enhancing physical and mental health. Practiced in a variety of styles, tai chi involves slow, gentle movements, deep breathing, and meditation. Master-level teacher John Shimp has over 40 years experience of helping in every aspect of healing and strengthening the body, mind and spirit. The medical Qigong he teaches is part of the natural health that dates back thousands of years before tai chi. He has had training with Master Shou-yu Liang, Grand Master Wang Pei-Shing and many others.
Qigong is the practice of activating, refining, and circulating the human bioelectric field. It includes a wide range of practices, meditations and exercises to develop control over one’s energy system. It opens channels for vital energy flow and uses deep breathing and visualization techniques that oxygenate the blood and cells of the body as well as increase digestion and the functioning of the internal organs, immune system, and endocrine system.