Aaron started practicing Qigong in China in 2006, and then eventually trained in medical qigong in 2016 at the School of Elemental Chi Kung in London.
At its core, Qigong is a healing self-practice and therapy that works with the conscious movement of breath and mental focus to balance the energy or qiwithin the body and the mind. The practice is a perfect complement to acupuncture and meditation.
To understand what Qigong is, try to think of optimal health as being the balanced and free flowing movement of energy inside you. When there is balance there is neither too much nor too little energy. When we’re sick or stressed, or even just uncomfortable, this is a sign that the energy inside us is not balanced. As an acupuncturist one of Aaron’s roles is to use needles to
facilitate greater balance, so that energy can fill into areas of depletion or release from areas of congestion. Prescribed Qigong sequences can have similar effects to the needles: they move the qiand circulate it throughout the body. For specific ailments, practicing certain routines can therefore release stuck qior stabilize overly active qi, depending on the need.
Similar to acupuncture treatment, Qigong sessions begin with a thorough case history, as we explore the issues that have brought you to Qigong. Aaron will then prescribe and teach specific Qigong practices and sequences that are directly tailored to the specific imbalances. Homework is a big part of qi gong practice, so between sessions with Aaron, one will be expected to begin a daily practice of the prescribed sequences.
If you strip away the over-commercialisation and hype that accompanies mindfulness these days, you’re left with a beautiful and skilful practice. Mindfulness is a tool that teaches us how to become more available to our present moment experiences instead of lost in our heads or stuck in a constant loop of judgement and unhelpful thoughts.
Mindfulness meditation offers us a chance to do what most of us probably should have done when we were children: learn how to better understand and work with the complex, and often confusing experience of our thoughts, emotions and feelings.
Working with Aaron, we will practice techniques that help us meet our habitual patterns that do not serve us, and learn tools to cultivate a more caring and supportive relationship with ourself and others. In these private classes, we have the chance to settle and connect to ourselves in a way that is natural and gentle, and learn how to take these skills into our daily life.
Mindfulness is not a cure-all: it cannot create happiness or do away with our anxiety. Instead, mindfulness is about being a witness to everything that arises. As we become aware, we foster clarity, curiosity, and care that helps us better navigate the messy reality of our lives as fully and as lovingly as we possibly can.