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Taiji Shibashi (十八) Instructors course

Taiji Shibashi Instructors Course – 2017

The Taiji Qigong Shibashi (十八) Instructor course is designed to provide Qigong instructors with all the tools and information needed to teach the Shibashi as true Qigong.

The Shibashi (also known as the Eighteen Postures of Taiji Qigong) is a set of Qigong exercises based on Taiji that adheres to the rules governing Taiji stances (in particular, the Wuji stance). These stances are fundamentally important if the practitioner wishes to get the most out of the Qigong.

Since the early 1980′s, when the Shibashi was introduced, in, the significance of the Taiji stances has been lost and their true use as Qigong has been diminished and the beneficial qualities have depleted.  Without a solid base (root) there is a conflict of focus and the cognitive mind (Yi) cannot be fully focused on guiding the Qi.  This being the case, during the course a lot of time is spent on attaining and recognizing proper posture.

Testimonials:

  • “……………… just wanted to thank you for a wonderful weekend.  It was brilliant, I really enjoyed it.  I gained much more than I expected to.  Thanks for opening my eyes.”
  • “Attending this Workshop was a very motivational experience; an exercise of discovery providing a brief insight into the amazing power of QiGong. I would recommend this inspirational workshop to all who have an interest in QiGong”
  • “I discovered that qigong was more powerful than I had ever imagined.  An excellent weekend and I learned so much more about myself that can be brought into my classes, I now feel more confident that I can deliver qigong more effectively to my students and also enjoy the benefits for myself, thank you so much.”
  • “I am so glad that I made the decision to attend a truly inspirational workshop and to have benefited from an introduction to the amazing powers of QiGong. I am aware that we only experienced an ‘insight’ but even so I consider that I am now in a better position to pass on quality teaching to my students, and having been an FE Lecturer for many years, I believe delivering quality is of paramount importance.
    I also thank you (and your wife) for your hospitality in providing delicious lunches and snacks – greatly appreciated!”
  • “Just thought I should send you a wee message to let you know how much doing the Qigong instructors course has helped me personally. I had just started 4th year at Uni when I came on the course. Uni has been horrendous and a few times it has been bad enough to make me consider leaving but doing Qigong has been a life saver. It has got me through some very tough times.
    Big thank you to you for teaching me this beautiful art. Qigong had definitely came into my life at the right time.”
  • “Thanks des. Really exceeded expectations. Will take time to assimilate the information properly before introducing to my classes.”
  • “Really interesting weekend – it has inspired me to continue on my path for which I thank you so much.”
  • “Learning about Chi and feeling the Chi was an experience.”
  • “Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.”
  • “Thank you Des. Really enjoyed the workshop and your style of teaching the group.”
  • “Excellent instructor, easily understood, good analysis, some helpful tips and suggestions. Thank you.”
  • “Really interesting course. Made me want to learn more about he background and how move have different effects on the various parts of the body.”
  • “Felt better about the postures and learning to be aware about the postures.”
  • “This has been a truly wonderful course.”
  • “A brilliant training course.”

 

Next course: –

Dates: Jan 28th & 29th, Feb 25th, and April 1st & 2nd 2017
Times: 10:00 till 17:00
Location: East Kilbride, Lanarkshire
Cost: £360.00
Booking: Pro Holistic Taiji Shibashi Qigong Instructor Course

A deposit of £60.00 is required, with the balance to be paid on the first day of the course. As spaces are limited, advanced booking is essential.

 

Taiji Shibashi Qigong Course

Taiji Shibashi Qigong Course –  2016

The Tai Chi Chi Kung Shibashi (十八), or the eighteen postures of Tai Chi Chi Kung, is a set of Chi Kung exercises that utilise Tai Chi stances and adhere to the rules governing them. Although this set was brought together in the 1980’s the individual exercises themselves date back centuries, even millenia.

The Shibashi Chi Kung focus on health and well-being, directing and promoting the flow of chi through the meridians. Although each of them can be practiced individually, or in any variation, the set flows beautifully, from one posture to the next,producing a feeling of inner calmness and wellbeing.

The health benefits from the Shibashi become clear when they are practiced regularly and, in effect, you are being proactive with your health and wellbeing. The Shibashi are easy to learn and can easily be practiced in a restricted space where the Tai Chi forms would be impossible.

Feedback from previous workshops

  • Did the workshop meet your expectations? – 100% Yes.
  • Did the workshop cover the syllabus? – 100% Yes.
  • Were the methods taught useful? – 100% Yes.
  • Would you recommend this workshop? – 100% Yes.
  • Is there anything you would like to see added to the syllabus? “Perhaps guidlines about how best to practice with a view to building confidence to teach others” *This is included in the Instructor Course.

“Really enjoyed this workshop – couldn’t have been better, fantastic day and I feel like I learned an enormous amount and had fun doing it!”
“I really liked that the meridians were mentioned within the exercises and found this useful.”
“I felt very well lead throughout the exercises and supported – thought it was a great course.”

 

The Shibashi Qigong course is suitable for everyone including: –

  • Beginners
  • Tai Chi practitioners
  • Chi Kung practitioners
  • Reiki practitioners
  • Shiatsu practitioners
  • Physiotherapists
  • Rehabilitation therapists
  • Exercise instructors
  • Group leaders

This Shibashi Qigong course, which can be used towards our certificated Shibashi Instructor course, provides a firm grounding in the Tai Chi Shibashi Chi Kung system.

Shibashi Qigong course information: –

Dates: Jan 23rd, Feb 27th & March 26th  2016
Times: 10:00 till 17:00
Location: East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire
Cost: £70.00 per workshop, or £180.00 for the block of three.
Booking:  Pro-Holistic Taiji Shibashi Course

A deposit of £30.00 per workshop is required, with the balance to be paid on the first day of the course. Advanced booking is essential.

Further details of courses on Pro-Holistic Courses

This course is being provided by San Bao Martial Arts

Applied Kinesiology, Dr George Goodheart

Applied Kinesiology

Please note that the information given refers to Applied Kinesiology as developed by the American chiropractor, Dr George Goodheart, in 1964, and not Kinesiology, the study of the mechanics and anatomy in relation to human movement.

Applied Kinesiology - muscle testingPronounced kin-easy-ology, there are many different branches but they all utilise the same basic tool…………muscle testing. Muscle testing is a painless procedure that involves the practitioner applying gentle pressure to specific parts of the body, testing the response of the underlying muscle. The particular part of the body being tested is specifically positioned, in order to isolate the muscle (as far as possible) being tested. The muscle will either give way, at least slightly, or it will easily be able to resist the pressure from the practitioner. The resulting responses are used by the Kinesiologist as a means of diagnosis, to gain information and to decide what course of action what is required.

Kinesiology can help deal with a broad spectrum of complaints including emotional problems, educational problems, structural problems (posture), etc.

During a course off treatment, the practitioner will take a case history, then they will advise you how to position the particular muscle or muscles they want to test, also advising how much effort is necessary in resisting the pressure that is applied to the particular muscle. The practitioner may rub, tap or hold points on the body. They may use magnets, homeopathic remedies, or flower remedies and, occasionally use tuning forks, colour, or sound. The choice of treatment is totally determined by the muscle testing and no two treatments are alike as that treatment is for the person and not the condition………. Two people may have the same condition but they, themselves, are different so the course of treatment will be different.

Verbal muscle testing (not used by all Kinesiologists) is when the muscle testing response is sought by verbally asking questions: with a locked response of the arm indicating yes and an unlocked/spongy response indicating no. The practitioner will then systematically question, while muscle testing, in order to establish what treatment course is required. Verbal questioning can also be used alongside muscle testing.

Many other therapists have incorporated Kinesiology techniques into their diagnosis/treatment plans. These include, Chiropractors, Bowen therapists, Homeopaths and Aromatherapists.

 

Therapist info

Applied Kinesiology - muscle testing

 

 

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Further information on Applied Kinesiology including case studies, etc.

If you wish to add further resource information about Applied Kinesiology please contact us with the details.

 

Please note that Holistic-Pages.com makes no guarantee regarding the validity, efficacy, or safety of any therapy and we advise that medical advice should be sought from a qualified medical practitioner regarding any illness.
Holistic-Pages.com is not responsible for the credentials, qualifications and insurance status of any of the therapists who have links from this site and we advise that these should be checked before any treatment is undertaken.

 

 

Women’s Self Defence Course – East Kilbride March 2013

Women’s Self Defence Course

The Women’s Self Defence course focuses on practical, no nonsense, self-defence techniques for women.   It is not designed to teach all the complexities of a martial art where it can take  years of practice before you can defend yourself properly. What it does teach is  a method by which you can effectively defend yourself using a handful of proven techniques that will help you overcome most situations.You are not required to be particularly fit to take part in this programme, however if you are significantly overweight, elderly, have not exercised for a long period of time, or suffer from diabetes, heart, respiratory or back problems, it is advisable to consult your doctor before commencing any type of training.

 

PARTICIPANTS’ REASONS FOR ENROLING

  • “I work in a pub so it means finishing late at night, so I signed up for the course
    in case I ever need to defend myself.”
  • “I just want to be able to defend myself when I am out alone and it will be handy
    at home because I live by myself.”
  • “All I came for was to learn how to protect myself because I think it is important
    that you can.”
  • “I’d just like to be able to feel safe and know that I can defend myself should
    something happen as you just don’t know what people are capable of sometimes.”
  • “I think being able to defend yourself is important as anything can happen and you
    need to be prepared for this. I thought this course would be ideal for me to learn
    how to.”

PARTICIPANTS’ FEEDBACK

  • “Very good course – has made me consider my surroundings on a night out and my abilities to get out of a situation.”
  • “Gave confidence so as not to be fearful and that you do not need to use brute force.”
  • “The course has given me confidence to defend myself.”
  • “Excellent course and the instructor was very informative.”
  • “I loved finding out all about the pressure points.”
  • “I have really enjoyed this class; I hope that I won’t need to use it though.”

 

RESULTS FROM OUR FEEDBACK FORM

 

  • Did the course meet your expectations? 100% YES
  • Did the course cover the syllabus? 100% YES
  • Were the tools/methods taught useful? 100% YES
  • Do you feel more enabled as a result of the course? 100% YES
  • Do you think that a ten-week course was long enough? 100% YES
  • Would you recommend this course? 100% YES

 

SYLLABUS – LECTURE CONTENTS

  • Prevention and Avoidance
  • Awareness and Self Confidence
  • Fear and its Effects – adrenaline and how to make use of it
  • Strike Effectively

 

SYLLABUS – PRACTICAL WORKSHOP CONTENTS

  • Awareness and posture
  • Psychological defence
  • Wrist hold escapes
  • Clothing hold escapes
  • Arm hold escapes
  • Choke hold escapes
  • Hair hold escapes
  • Using your voice effectively
  • Finger locks
  • Wrist locks
  • Arm locks
  • Shoulder locks
  • Choke holds
  • Take down methods
  • Body weapons – effective strikes
  • Utilising weapons to hand

 

Location – East Kilbride/Glasgow
Date – Commences on Tuesday 5th March 2013
Time – 21:00 till 22:00
Cost – £80.00

N.B. Pre-booking is essential.  Deposits (£10.00) can be made through Paypal at Pro Holistic

This course is being provided by San Bao

Self Defence for women Workshop – Glasgow

San Bao Martial Arts School (in conjunction with Pro Holistic) are running a self defence for women workshop as a precursor/taster for our ten-week course. This is to enable participants to learn some self-defence techniques and to gain an insight into what they will learn, in more depth, during the full course.
Location – The ARC health and fitness centre, Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow, G4 0BA
Date – Saturday 14th January 2012
Time – 12:30 till 16:00
Cost – £30.00

N.B. Pre-booking is advised as a minimum of ten participants is necessary as spaces are limited.
Online booking Pro-Holistic courses

Both the workshop and the ten-week course focus on practical, no nonsense, self-defence techniques for women. It is not designed to teach all the complexities of a martial art where it can take years of practice before you can defend yourself properly. What it does teach is a method by which you can effectively defend yourself using a handful of proven techniques that will help you overcome most situations.You are not required to be particularly fit to take part in this programme, however if you are significantly overweight, elderly, have not exercised for a long period of time, or suffer from diabetes, heart, respiratory or back problems, it is advisable to consult your doctor before commencing any type of training.
PARTICIPANTS’ FEEDBACK

“The use of circles and the analogies used made me remember things easier.”
“Very good course – has made me consider my surroundings on a night out and my abilities to get out of a situation.”
“Gave confidence so as not to be fearful and that you do not need to use brute force.”
“The course has given me confidence to defend myself.”
“Excellent course and the instructor was very informative.”

SYLLABUS – LECTURE CONTENTS

Prevention and Avoidance
Awareness and Self Confidence
Fear and its Effects – adrenaline and how to make use of it
Strike Effectively

SYLLABUS – PRACTICAL WORKSHOP CONTENTS

Awareness and posture
Psychological defence
Wrist hold escapes
Clothing hold escapes
Arm hold escapes
Choke hold escapes
Hair hold escapes
Using your voice effectively
Finger locks
Wrist locks
Arm locks
Shoulder locks
Choke holds
Take down methods
Body weapons – effective strikes
Utilising weapons to hand

If any of the following comments (all genuine, from previous participants) strike a chord with you, isn’t it time for you to sign up and start that journey to confidence?

“I work in a pub so it means finishing late at night, so I signed up for the course in case I ever need to defend myself.”
“I just want to be able to defend myself when I am out alone and it will be handy at home because I live by myself.”
“All I came for was to learn how to protect myself because I think it is important that you can.”
“I’d just like to be able to feel safe and know that I can defend myself should something happen as you just don’t know what people are capable of sometimes.”
“I was in a situation, before, where a man confronted me with a knife and it was terrifying. I signed up for this class because I’d like to know how to deal with it if something similar ever happened again. I think that it is handy for women to know these things.”
“I think being able to defend yourself is important as anything can happen and you need to be prepared for this. I thought this course would be ideal for me to learn how to.”

VIBRATIONAL MEDICINE FLOWER ESSENCES

Vibrational Medicine – flower essences

Flower essences (and other essences such as “environmental” and gem essences) are wonderful gentle tools for healing on all levels. They may work on a physical, emotional, mental or spiritual level (“PEMS”) or on a combination of these. The beauty of essences is that they are harmless, only being taken up by the body if they are needed. If they are, they may work quite powerfully, but if not, then they have no effect.

Most people will of course know of the Bach Flower Remedies and may have used them. Some will be familiar with other ranges of flower essences made more recently, such as the Australian Bush Remedies. But there are many more from all over the world, including another wonderful Australian range – the Australian Living Essences.  Nature has provided us with the tools for healing where we need them. Although an essence from a spectacular flower from a remote part of Australia may have specific effects, there will be plants working in similar ways in many other parts of the world. So there is probably much duplication.

As humans evolve, the tools for our healing do also, and some essences work on more than one level. The Bach essences are probably evolving themselves in their own effects.

Much more work needs to be done on all aspects of this sort of vibrational healing. There is much more to discover. It needs to be accepted more on a mainstream level, but science (Quantum Physics) is moving more and more towards the purely vibrational. We are on the cusp of new discoveries.

Using Imagery

Using Imagery

When using imagery the images we form in our mind are, if we did but know it, one of our greatest inner resources.  In nursing practice in recent years there has been a growing appreciation of the integration of body, mind and spirit and that if we adopt therapeutic practices which address each of these aspects, we have access to additional healing resources and come some way to treating the whole person.  Practitioners who use imagery will have discovered its usefulness and versatility in this integration process and found the images are an interface – a means for two-way communication – between body, mind and soul.  The conscious and creative use of images gives us a way, through visualisation, guided imagery, or interactive imagework, to influence the course of our day positively or negatively, to support healing or even give us access to our unconscious mind.

Our thought, memories, beliefs, moods, feelings and sensations are, without our knowing it, translated into images, and together they form the basis of how we experience ourselves in our daily life.  Mostly we believe them to be unchangeable.  However through any simple relaxation and visualisation exercise (for example imagining ourselves lying on a beach, hearing the gentle lapping water, feeling warm, relaxed, happy in the company of those we love) we can experience changes in thought or mood.  We can experience psychological changes by simply imagining ourselves taking a bite out of a big juicy lemon and notice how we salivate, or by visualising a plate of our favourite food and notice how our tummy rumbles.  These very simple examples show how the imagination influences and is so integrated into our experience and demonstrates the great untapped potential of the mind if were able to utilise it.

The study of psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) has done much to validate the therapeutic use of imagery.  Research shows how the use of imagery can increase immunity, change unhealthy psychological patterns and positively influence healing.  (Pert 1997) This is borne out anecdotally, and has been recounted in books by patients who have decided to adopt such self-help practices to support their healing.  For example, it was a revelation to Vernon Templemore when using imagery, to discover: “Your body does not have a mind of its own, it has your mind and it is your mind which tells it what to do” (Templemore 1991).

Imagery has a tremendous range, from simple visualisations described above, to very specific use – to stimulate bone or wound healing for example – right through to interactive imagery, where a dialogue between body and mind, or the conscious and the unconscious self, or the personal and the transpersonal, is possible.  Imagework, the most developed form of interactive imagery, is a self-help tool which enables us to feel and be more fully ourselves and gain insight into the source or meaning of illness, or in another context they can underpin the emotional and psychological care of patients, and even more importantly, it can be a means for personal development for us all, restoring the physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual balance – health promotion in its truest sense.

Groin Strain

Groin Strain

Groin strain may present as a sharp, sudden pain in the groin or inner thigh area in the course of activity, or the pain may not arise until the next day. In cases of chronic groin strain, the sufferer may not recall a specific incident where the injury could have occurred.
Symptoms include:  tenderness to touch (palpation), swelling (oedema), and bruising along the inner thigh adjacent to the groin. Pain may be reproduced by adducting (bringing the leg to midline) the leg against resistance. Proper physical examination is vital to distinguish adductor muscle group strains from other causes of groin pain.

Western treatment for any muscle injury initially consists of the RICE protocol – rest, ice, compression and elevation. Generally, grade one groin strains should be rested from exercise for about three weeks, and grade two injuries for about four to six weeks. In the worst cases, when there is a complete rupture, the muscle may have to be repaired surgically and the rehabilitation will take at least three months.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, you are advised to avoid ice as it causes further contraction and stagnation of the qi (vital energy).  If ice is used, you are advised to apply it for no more than 10 to 15 minutes per hour during the first 24 hours after the injury.  After the pain and inflammation has gone, or has been reduced, light exercise and stretching can be introduced but with caution, taking care so as not to aggravate the injury.  Massage (Tuina, or Shiatsu) is also recommended in order to speed up recovery by stimulating, among others, the acupuncture point of LV3 and GB34.

Stress at work

stress at workStress at work

Among the most common types of stress is good old-fashioned job stress, stress at work, and it is easy to understand why. With the economic slow-down of the last few years, employers are trying to squeeze more and more work out of their employees in order to keep the profits. Unfortunately, this is all too often the case with workers and people need to learn how to manage work stress. Otherwise, you will simply drown yourself in worry and drive yourself batty with concern over your workload and your job security.

The first thing to remember about job stress is that it really does not help you get work done. In fact, too much stress can actually prevent you from getting through your projects. Though every worker can point to a time when the chips were down and they rose to challenge, the fact is that long-term stress does not help people focus. Yes, short-term bursts of stress can heighten your ability to focus, but any period of stress that lasts longer than a day or even a few hours deteriorates your ability to focus. This is because the very hormones that heighten focus over a short period of time eventually degrade concentration and make you unable to keep your mind on the task at hand. Needless to say, this does not help you in the workplace.

One of the best ways to manage workplace stress is to take a break every so often. This means that you should give yourself a short break about every fifteen minutes or so and avail yourself of a break of a few minutes about every hour.
If you have the self-awareness to notice that you are not able to focus completely, you should give your eyes a break and take a quick stretch break in your chair. These breaks should be taken about every fifteen minutes, as they will allow your brain to recover a little bit of energy and allow you to return to the task at hand.

Additionally, every hour, stand up and walk away from your desk. This break should consist of some task not related to work or your desk and it is vital for maintaining concentration and reducing job stress. Go get a soft drink, take a restroom break, or simply walk the halls for about 3-5 minutes. This will not only give your body a break, it will provide your mind with an opportunity to relax. It is the simple act of doing something mindless that helps your mind. Just like muscles, the brain needs a rest and recovery period in order to get its strength back. Remember, you cannot remain completely focused forever, just like you cannot sprint forever.

If you do not take a break, your mind will start taking its own breaks. This is otherwise known as “having your mind wander.” This is a tremendously frustrating phenomenon and it can create severe job stress. You cannot focus, so you cannot get your work done, so you try to focus, which is causing your mind to wander simply because it has been focusing for so long. Thus, you become more frustrated with yourself and your stress increases. This is an endless spiral and, if you do not deliberately escape it, job stress will consume you until the only thing you can think about is your inability to think about anything other than your inability to get work done.
For those who are in the throes of job stress already and there does not seem to be any way to get out of it, it is time to give yourself a complete break. The best break is, of course, to go home and leave your work behind. However, this is not always feasible and, instead, you need some way to give yourself a break while not leaving your desk.

The best method for relieving job stress at your desk is to close your eyes and take deep breaths. The key to this is to avoid thinking about work while you are doing this breathing exercise. In fact, you should simply concentrate on your breathing. In essence, this is a form of meditation and it is a very good way to refresh your brainpower. This is because, when you are thinking about your breathing, you are thinking about almost nothing at all. After all, you breathe all the time and it comes pretty naturally. Thus, by concentrating on a process that is generally automatic, your mind will give itself a much-needed rest. In fact, some people are so effective at this form of meditation that they receive something akin to concentrated sleep. Though it takes a great deal of practice to achieve this much relaxation from meditation, even simple meditation can help you recover from job stress.

The most important thing to remember about job stress is to simply not worry about job stress. In fact, worrying about job stress will actually create a certain about of stress all its own. Thus, if you simply concentrate on your work, give yourself a break every so often, and give yourself a complete break when you need it, job stress does not need to be a concern.

Aromatherapy a natural holistic therapy

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is a natural holistic therapy, which combines the healing power of massage and the aromatic fragrances of essential oils gathered from plants.  It is well documented that certain smells produce psychological changes in us, changing our mood, and can then lead to physiological change – for example when we smell food, as well as the psychological effect of salivation we start to feel hungry.  The fragrances that are produced by some plants are potent, volatile essences hidden in tiny glands within plants, containing powerful properties used in aromatherapy to increase vitality and health.

The skin readily absorbs essential oils, with their many therapeutic properties while the essences are also inhaled, having a subtle effect on the mind and body.

The health of our bodies, minds, and spirits can benefit in innumerable ways from these very natural, potent organic plant chemicals.  Some of the various properties are:

  • Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral qualities.
  • Support of the immune system; supporting all the body systems – hormonal, glandular, emotional, circulatory, and nervous.
  • They can have a positive effect on memory and induce heightened awareness.
  • They can be used as a soporific and assist in calming the mind and helping us to sleep.

 

Despite this being a very ancient art our knowledge of its full potential is still in its infancy.

What to expect during treatment

Normally, before the start of your first treatment, a questionnaire (of any medical history) will have to be completed, the therapist will then be able to choose the most suitable essential oils to suit your individual needs.  The mixture of oils is chosen for your present condition and can change throughout any treatment course.

Once the initial consultation is over, you will be given privacy to undress, to your underwear, before lying on the treatment couch, covered with a towel. During treatment, only the body parts that are being currently worked on will be uncovered.

After the first treatment you will often be given an aftercare leaflet and a treatment plan will be discussed.