Testimonial

Excellent, Chi Gung class held by Cliff on Friday nights
7.30 - 8.30
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

What is Chi?

Chi, often written as Qi (pronounced “chee”) could be described as a type of bioelectricity and is the life force in and around us. It cannot normally be seen without the aid of Kirlian photography, but it can be felt and its effects can be seen. Numerous cultures describe a matrix of subtle energies that support and animate the physical body. This energy is called Chi in Chinese, Ki in Japanese, Prana in India and Tibet, and Nefesh in Israel. Sufis call it Baraka, Christian mystics call it the Holy Spirit and the ancient Greeks called it Pneuma. Hahnemann, father of homeopathy, referred to it as "vital force," and in chiropractic it is called the "innate intelligence." Our bodies are composed of a series of energy systems which are interwoven and superimposed. The correct functioning of these systems forms the basis of our health. Energetically charged fluids are pumped through the lymphatic system, the blood circulatory system, interstitially, through the bone marrow and spine, around the brain and so on. The Chi flows through a system of meridians which are like channels within the energy body. Chi is all around us in the environment and inside us; our body is dependant upon this Chi to continue functioning.
We obtain Chi from the air, food, water, the Sun, warm places, the moon, the Earth, stars, and several other places in the environment. When we are born we also have an abundant supply of Chi stored our abdomen, which will usually deplete gradually through the course of our lifetime if we do not replenish it by way of Chi Gung exercises! There are several types of Chi in the body and its circulation is rather complicated (see Chi Circulatory System).

Meridians

Like a network of rivers nourishing a landscape, the meridians are the channels through which Chi flows, nourishing and energizing the body. These channels exist within the energy body but you won’t find them on the operating table!
Collectively, they form the matrix within which the physical body functions. They also act as a network of communication between the mind, the physical body and the more subtle energy body.

Anatomy of the Meridan
One theory on the structure of Meridians is the Hyaluronic Acid Hypothesis:

This model shows how energy can flow in the body along the Meridians, but there are no channels to be found on dissection of the body. In this model, Hyaluronic Acid (HA) molecules are pulled into position by the electromagnetic charge around the arteries and veins. This explanation is based on the work of Dr. E.W. Nordenstrom, author of the book "Biologically Closed Electrical Circuits", which shows that there are different electrical charges present in arteries and in veins. This difference causes a flow of electrical current between the arteries and veins. In physics, when there is a flow of ions along a wire there is also an electromagnetic field generated around that wire. Thus, Dr. Nordenström hypothesises that the human body has an immense network of blood vessel "cables" that are surrounded by electromagnetic fields. It is these fields that proposedly hold in place Hyaluronic Acid molecules that create functional channels inside of which flow ions. This flow of ions is the "Chi." Hyaluronic Acid facilitates energy transfer and is a key component in the systems which enable mechanical movement of the body. Research also suggests that hyaluronan plays an important role in brain development.
There are twelve main meridians (Jingluo) in the body, each associated with a particular element and organ system. The meridians are typically listed in Yin/Yang pairs:

  • Lung (arm-yin) and Large Intestine (arm-yang) - Metal
  • Stomach (leg-yang) and Spleen (leg-yin) - Earth
  • Heart (arm-yin) and Small Intestine (arm-yang) - Fire
  • Bladder (leg-yang) and Kidney (leg-yin) - Water
  • Pericardium (arm-yin) and Triple-Warmer (arm-yang) - Fire
  • Gallbladder (leg-yang) and Liver (leg-yin) - Wood

The arm-yin meridians flow from the torso along the inner edge of the arms to the fingers. The arm-yang meridians flow from the fingers along the outer edge of the arms to the head. The leg-yang meridians flow from the head down the torso and along the back of the legs to the toes. The leg-yin meridians flow from the toes along the inner edge of the legs to the torso. The Chi in a given meridian is strongest during a specific two-hour period of the twenty-four hour day. The way Chi travels in this cycle through the meridians is referred to as the Meridian Clock. When this flow is balanced and harmonious, we experience physical and emotional well-being. When the flow is blocked, intermittent or deplete, we experience physical or emotional disease. Chi Gung and acupuncture are practices which help us to maintain a healthy flow of Chi throughout the body.

Meridian Clock indicating associated health conditions

Meridian Clock

Along with the twelve main meridians, there are also the Eight Extraordinary Meridians - the Du, Ren, Dai, Chong, Yin Chiao, Yang Chiao, Yin Wei and the Yang Wei Meridians. The Eight Extraordinary Meridians are the first to form in the human embryo. They represent a deeper level of energetic structuring, and play an important role within the practice of Chi Gung

Ying and Yang MediansMeridians and Accupoints

Acupuncture Points

Along the path of the meridians, there are places where the energy pools, making the Chi of the meridian more accessible there than at other places. These pools of energy are called acupuncture points. Each acupuncture point has a specific function, in relation to the Element and Organ System being accessed. The most powerful points are usually at the ends of the meridians: at the toes, ankles, and knees; or fingers, wrists and elbows. Very often, a symptom presenting in one part of the body will be alleviated by stimulating an acupuncture point that is located in a completely different place on the body. This works because the point being stimulated lies on a meridian whose energy also passes through the injured or diseased part of the body.

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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