- Listed: July 19, 2010 9:12 pm
Personal empowerment is rooted in discovering the core of our health and wellness. Without health, we are forever in a struggle for inner peace. The fact is, according to the National Institutes of Health, at LEAST 70% of all health-related problems and disease stem from stress.
So it seems that our real personal work needs to start with reducing stress, right?
Many people will say that they don’t have much stress or that they’ve got it under control. We don’t like to admit that we have stress when the fact is, stress is natural. Stress may actually be necessary for our growth as it pushes us to get out of a rut or a stagnant place in our life. The key is to move away from stress in the shortest time possible.
You might say that this is easier said than done.
We have found that the health care practice of Qigong offers excellent techniques for reducing stress. This ancient healing modality from China is often referred to as “Chinese Yoga”. Qigong takes the best principles of yoga’s stretching and breathing and puts a Traditional Chinese Medicine twist on it. The simple exercises in Qigong (pronounced ‘chee gung’) can reduce stress, while bringing a new joy to your self healing. It is empowering to discover that you can heal yourself. Practicing these easily learned exercises can help you focus on the organ systems in your body that need cleansing and strengthening. You can also relieve joint pain and chronic headaches (Qigong’s techniques are excellent for relieving many chronic conditions).
Like tai chi, Qigong is slow-moving and low impact, making it accessible for all ages. Whereas tai chi is a regimented set of movements, Qigong – also spelled Chi Gong – is a set of single movements which makes it less complex and easier to learn.
Our classes are held at the beautiful Kahuna Valley Retreat on Kauai every Saturday when Francesco Garri Garripoli is home on island.
When Francesco, author of “Qigong – Essence of the Healing Dance” and producer/director of the acclaimed PBS-TV documentary “Qigong – Ancient Chinese Healing for the 21st Century“, is traveling, he teaches Qigong workshops around the world. His DVDs, which feature Daisy Lee, have won many awards and are widely considered the best teaching tools for this personal wellness practice.
To complement the stress reducing benefits of Qigong, Francesco offers 90 minute Watsu Water Therapy sessions in the solar heated custom-built Watsu pool he personally designed and built at the Kahuna Valley Retreat. Francesco has been practicing Watsu since 2003 and is certified by the Worldwide Aquatic Bodyworkers Association (WABA). Watsu is a beautiful modality where you can let go and fully receive in a peaceful and nurturing environment.
Kahuna Valley, nestled at the foot of sacred Makaleha mountain, is the ancient location on Kaua’i where Kahunas – Kahuna Lau Lap’ao – grew medicinal herbs and practiced their healing arts.
Many visitors to Kauai never visit the interior of this beautiful island so the opportunity to experience Qigong or Watsu at enchanting Kahuna Valley is certain to be joyful and meaningful. Peace…
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