Tai Chi workshop

  • Relaxation

  • About Tai Chi Qigong Shibashi

    Tai Chi Qigong Shibashi is a meditative movement practice performed in fluid sequence, with the emphasis on deep awareness of the body and breath. It is designed to balance and harmonise energy in the whole body, for optimal health. It safely builds core postural strength, efficiency of breathing, and strengthens the proprioceptive nervous system, helping to fine-tune balance and coordination. Regular practise can also relieve anxiety, stress and depression.

    Brief description of session

    You’ll learn a flowing sequence of movements that gently build strength and flexibility, and develop a more relaxed and efficient way of breathing which gets more oxygen to the blood and helps improves your mood. The session will involve some both relaxation and restorative movement. Wear loose, comfortable clothing in a few layers so you can take one off or add one as your body temperature changes. Wear either soft-soled shoes, bare feet, or socks with grip. Try not to eat just before the session – wait at least half an hour. If you like being cosy, bring a blanket or shawl.

  • After a BA (Hons) Degree at Warwick University, Zoe trained with the internationally recognised injury rehabilitation specialist Michael Newman (D.Ac, LCSP (Phy). Her own recovery from a severe back injury led her to Qigong and Tai Chi. She qualified with a Diploma in Traditional Chinese Injury Rehabilitation Therapy accredited by the Acupuncture Society which included learning Eight Silk Brocade Qigong and Ba Gua Circle Walking as forms of rehabilitative exercise. Zoe is a graduate of the Shiatsu College’s two-year Qigong Teacher Training, and is certified to Instructor Level in Sets 1-3 of Shibashi by Sifu Wing Cheung of the Tai Chi, Qigong and Feng Shui Institute. She has 5 years’ teaching experience, and offers classes, one-to-one, and corporate team sessions.

    Zoe works at Helix House Natural Health Centre, 15 Warwick Street, OX4 1SZ, where she offers injury rehabilitation treatments and acupressure massage. She runs weekly classes in Oxford with a seasonal focus, supporting the body through the changing seasons using both Qigong and Tai Chi Qigong Shibashi. For more info see: www.shiningchi.com