Testimonial

Excellent, Chi Gung class held by Cliff on Friday nights
8.00 - 9.00
Cliff has made his class very friendly and informative regarding relaxation and calming methods.

After only three months I thoroughly enjoy the Chi Gung and am starting to feel happier & less stressed with a more positive attitude maybe becoming addicted to that "springy feeling" which comes with it.

Thank you for your support and teaching tips so far and I am looking forward to more classes in the future.

-Lesley Carle

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For any enquiries feel free to Email or phone.

Sifu Cliff Alderson
Tel: 07957 221738
cliffalderson@msn.com

IMAS Martial Arts Centre
413 Montrose Avenue
Slough, SL1 4TJ

The Longevity Secrets of Chi Gung.

Until we reach our thirties, lots of us take our bodies for granted. We party, we blow energy, we burn the candle at both ends, aches and pains disappear as quickly as they show up. We feel close to immortal. We are strong, flexible, energetic and eager to do anything, try anything. We do foolish things happily and often, without regard for the consequences.

Pete demonstrating a simple form Then life starts to rear up, slap us in the face and punch us in the stomach. Suddenly, in our mid-thirties, mid-forties, or, certainly by our mid-fifties, many of us struggle out of bed, gaze weakly into the mirror and ask “What happened?”

So, what did happen? Basically, aging happened. The decline begins in earnest in our twenties, with a precipitous drop in hormone levels. It just takes a while to show up in our bodies.

If you don’t adopt a daily practice, like Chi Gung, that has the capability to protect and enhance every aspect of your life system, the greased slide of your decline just goes on getting more and more slippery.

Here’s a partial list of factors that will contribute to your decline, if you don’t act differently:

  • Decline in production of growth hormone paralleled by hormonal imbalances—leading to slower healing and recovery times.
  • Decline in digestive, eliminatory and circulatory systems—leading to weight gain, constipation, fatigue and cold extremities.
  • Emotional imbalances—leading to stagnation, debilitating tensions increasing inability to cope with stress.
  • Reliance on stimulants and other drugs to regulate energy—leading to depletion of natural energy reserves.
  • Addiction to stress-response—leading to depletion of kidneys, libido, vitality, feelings of discomfort and malaise.
  • Imbalances in meridian energy flow—compromising immune and other major survival systems.
  • Shallow breathing—leading to a decline in energy and strength.
  • Deterioration of joints—leading to lack of flexibility and mobility, increase in joint pain.
  • Postural irregularities—leading to increasing physical discomfort.
  • Decline in physical strength—leading to injury-vulnerability and task-inadequacy.
  • Decline in lymph system—leading to poor skin, edema, cancer and other major diseases.
  • Decline in powers of attention—leading to poor performance and social alienation.
  • Decline in sensitivity and responsiveness—leading to decline in ability to experience pleasure.
  • Inability to relax—leading to diminished capacity for spiritual growth.

What a good Chi Gung program will give you, to address age-related problems:

A worthwhile Chi Gung program covers all the bases when it comes to a daily rejuvenating practice.
Some Chi Gung teachers have emphasized one aspect of Chi Gung over another, but I consider it unwise not to cover all the bases when the methods are there for you to access.

A good Chi Gung longevity program will include cultivation of the following skills and habits:

  1. Movement. including tapping, shaking, pumping, coiling, twisting, squatting, stretching, flexing, joint rotations, walking, and spontaneous, playful dance-like releases. Movement should range from most vigorous to very tranquil.
  2. Handwork. One of the distinguishing characteristics of Chi Gung is the use of the hands, as off-the-body “magnets” to affect and redirect energy flow within and around the body. These self-caressing hand patterns complement the use of sensing and consciousness to cultivate stronger energy.
  3. Breath-work. Chi Gung returns us to the innate breathing skills we possessed as small children, correcting the impact of stress-induced shallow breathing and other breath-related health challenges.
  4. Posture. Chi Gung teaches skills for optimizing posture for “stillness” practices, both standing and sitting. These usually involve careful use of sensing and attention to cultivate energy while physically still.
  5. Consciousness. Chi Gung cultivates and refines the skill of awareness and attention to both guide energy and attain deep meditative states.
  6. Sensing. Cultivates the skill of feeling and affecting energy flow.

A good Chi Gung teacher can help you cultivate all of these skills. Have a daily Chi Gung program developed for yourself that addresses every aspect of your health—and you have every chance of extending your life, while reducing the impact of the aging process.

A thorough Chi Gung program will act to:

  • Cleanse you of toxins.
  • Elevate and balance hormone levels.
  • Accumulate, restore and maintain your energy.
  • Build a physically strong, limber, vibrant and resilient body.
  • Help you rest and recuperate, to avoid unnecessary depletion.
  • Protect you better from disease, whether it is an internal or external threat.
  • Restore all your internal organs and systems to optimal functioning.
  • Help you master tension and relaxation.
  • Balance your emotions—crucial for long-range good health.
  • Enhance your ability to meditate and to grow spiritually.
  • Build presence and the ability to be truly “in the now”.

Finally: longevity is not just about living longer; it’s about living longer and better. Chi Gung offers a comprehensive methodology for enriching the quality of the life you have succeeded in extending.

Testimonial

"Qigong has had a profound effect upon my life. Physically and mentally, I am fitter and healthier than I have ever been before; the exercises taught ensure that I start each day refreshed and energized.

With Sifu Cliff Alderson's patient teaching and the support of the other students, it was easy to grasp the concepts of this art."

- Matthew Sin, 16/10/09

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