Specializing in bodymind mastery arts such as Qigong, Baguazhang, Chen Taiji and Xinyi.
The more aware you become of your physical body and how it moves, the more you become aware of how your mental and emotional state affects your movement. We hold space for individuals to explore movement and reconnect with themselves.
Ba Duan Jin Qigong/Chi Kung:
“8 Pieces of Brocade.” Eight movements that open and close the body, healing and building strength from the inside out. Famous for healing the organs, especially the kidneys.
The sequence of the Ba Duan Jin has many health benefits, one of which is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma and many other mental health problems.
As a person works through the movements of the Ba Duan Jin there are many sequences that involve moving the eyes from side to side. This is the basis for EMDR and one of the many reasons the Ba Duan Jin Qigong set is still practiced today, often used by martial art schools to strengthen students’ health and help others heal from injuries.
“Standing Still As A Tree” Strengthens the entire body – muscles, organs and bones. Deliberate use of static postures to develop health and awareness.
Standing Stake – Zhan Zhuang specifically uses the skeletal structure of the human body to align and engage the joints and deep tissues of the body. This fascia and tendon conditioning is unique to this method and can be a profound meditative discipline, and produce exceptional health benefits and sensitivity training for martial art skill sets.
A sister art of Taiji (Tai Chi), famous for its “Circle Walking” Qigong meditation, Baguazhang combines the best of of Taijiquan and the art of Xingyiquan, developing deep levels of awareness and incredible health. Taught to Chinese Imperial Palace guards for effective self-defense, it is legendary for its efficient and practical use of whole body power, subtle technique and evasiveness. Baguazhang combines the depths of both Shao Lin and Wudang training and is infused with thousands of years of martial art skill refinement.
The health benefits alone make Baguazhang stand out as an advanced art. Even for elite athletes Baguazhang is a master class in movement and body awareness and filled with constant eye movement and tracking, the way it is used in EMDR.
Xinyi Lui He Quan
Based on ancient spear fighting methods, Xinyi is famous for efficient, brutal, and powerful movements. Long considered one of the oldest martial arts in China, it uses harmonized body principles for developing strength of mind and body with relaxed power and compact movement.
Often called the easiest to learn and the hardest to master of the Chinese martial arts, Xinyi Liu He Quan develops deep skill through sheer weight or repetition. Combining its own methods of Zhan Zhaun – San Ti Standing, with animal shapes to rewire the nervous system and condition the body, Xinyi is known as a time tested battlefield art.
Like Baguazhang, Xinyi is filled with movements requiring you to move the eyes from side to side, as you work through whole body awareness, paralleling the methodology of EMDR.