Qigong Keys with Alan Gibson for Health and Wellbeing

Alan practices and coaches Qigong (pronounced Chi Gong) in Southampton and enjoys teaching a diverse group of people. Qigong training is useful for everyone, regardless of age, fitness level and ability.

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Contact Alan for classes in Southampton or 1:1 tuition: 0778 660 7776


What is Qigong?

Qigong is a bit like Tai Chi. In uses gentle movements synchronised with deep, abdominal breathing and mindfulness.

Who can learn Qigong?

Anyone,  no special knowledge or skill is required. Depending on your ability, Qigong can be performed seated, standing, or even walking.

What are the benefits of practising Qigong?

The ability to relax is an amazing tool, as is a calm, focused mind. Regular Qigong training and practice is effective in the following areas…

  • Decreases stress levels
  • Helps to control anxiety
  • Lowers blood pressure and this reduces the risk of heart disease
  • Learn how to stretch and relax the body
  • Helps to calm & focus the mind
  • Nurtures health, creates healthy living habits
  • Improves balance, coordination and strength
  • Cultivates confidence and wellbeing
  • Routine practice encourages regular social contact and friendships

Where is it taught/practiced?

Qigong can be taught or practiced indoors, in a class with others, or solo. You can even train in quite small spaces if you can stretch your arms out. The ideal place to practice is outdoors in a natural environment, away from noise and distractions. However, if you are outside, some distractions are inevitable. It is good practise to accept interruptions, but try not to allow them to disrupt your mindful state.

Will I need any special equipment or clothing?

No, loose clothing and soft shoes or bare feet can make for easy movements, although some people might prefer athletic clothing, trainers, or yoga type attire. Wear whatever makes you feel comfortable. When training outdoors  wear something appropriate for the terrain and weather.

Will Qigong make me fit?

Fitness is a relative and specific term; you could be fighting fit as a boxer but completely unable to swim. You could be incredibly strong but have poor stamina for a for a 1500m race. You could be able to run a marathon but unable to touch your toes.

If you are already an athletic type, Qigong can help you to relax and reduce anxiety.

If you lack physical strength and confidence Qigong can help you to understand and improve your posture and bearing.

If you feel stuck and isolated, Qigong can encourage you to get outdoors, meet likeminded people and keep it real.

Is there any religious meaning to the practice?

No dogma is attached to Qigong teaching or classes. I teach purely from a Western perspective for health and wellbeing.

Are there any contraindications / can qigong be harmful in any way?

When setting out on a new form of exercise, it is always good advice to begin slowly, until you get used to it. This is to learn the correct technique and postures, and to make sure you do not injure yourself by doing something unfamiliar. You should consult your GP, if you have a previous, existing medical condition, or if you have any doubts at all. Movement, mindfulness and breathing are all good for you, and regular practice should promote health happiness and longevity.

What is special/different Alan Gibson’s Qigong classes?

Resilience is key and our method begins with mindfulness tips and simple psychological hacks to help relax the body, clear the mind, and build calm focus – this helps prepare you to continue with regular practice more effectively.

Contact Alan for classes in Southampton or 1:1 tuition: 0778 660 7776