Qi Gong Classes and Retreats
THE ROSEWELL CENTRE | GRANTHAM| NR STAMFORD | LINCOLNSHIRE
Channel energy to heal life’S challenges
Qi Gong for Improved Health
Qi Gong, sometimes termed qigong, Chinese Qi Gong or chi gung, is a powerful system that teaches you how to move energy and feel it internally. It uses traditional Oriental healing, assigning movements for each of the elements or organs.
Physically slow and gentle Qi Gong movements warm muscles, ligaments and tendons and tonify vital connective tissue and organs which promote circulation of body fluids.
Studies have shown Qi Gong to be effective in helping to heal life challenges ranging from emotional frustration to chronic illness.
The Rosewell Centre’s Sue Hix and Ray Pawlett are fully qualified to teach and guide this unique experience of meditation, coordination of slow-flowing movement and deep rhythmic breathing. Qi Gong is practised on a one to one basis or as a group class, please check our Timetable and Events page for upcoming classes. We can also include Qi Gong as part of a wellbeing retreat in the glorious South Lincolnshire countryside.
What is Qi Gong?
The literal translation of Qi Gong is “energy work.” It is an Asian form of yoga and like yoga, it has been practised for thousands of years. Mostly it is performed in a standing position, but there are seated sets as well. One of our Qi Gong students describes Qi Gong as a mix of gentle yoga and Tai Chi. Qi Gong has come from hundreds of varied lineages, the majority of which focus on health benefits for the 21st century and is sometimes termed Qi Gong healing.
Essentially it is a powerful system that teaches you how to move energy and feel the vibrations internally, making use of traditional Oriental healing and acupoints.
Physically, the slow and gentle movements of Qi Gong warm muscles, ligaments and tendons and tonify vital connective tissues and organs which promotes circulation of body fluids.
Regular practise empowers you to be the orchestrator of your own health and wellbeing.
Click the video below to view the Rosewell Centre’s Sue Hix taking a beginners’ Qi Gong class at the Rosewell Centre.
What are the benefits of Qi Gong?
Being one of the oldest holistic forms of treatment for physical and mental health, recent studies have shown Qi Gong to be effective in helping to heal life’s challenges ranging from ranging from mental stress and emotional frustration to chronic illness and high blood pressure.
At the Rosewell Centre we pay particular attention to biodynamics and body alignment, looking at movement and working out the detail of how to strengthen joints or muscles with the least amount of force.
The objective of Qi Gong must not be thought of as an accumulating process. The more we can get out of our own way, the more we can let the universal flow of energy move through us, becoming an agent of its goodwill, taking our rightful place in eternity. But not in some far-off heaven – here and now. Qi Gong helps us wake up to the living, breathing moment in which we can finally take part!
How is Qi Gong Practised?
The practise of Qi Gong acts to harness willpower, to focus, and to help channel energy through the palms of the hands. Some Qi Gong systems are focused on spiritual cultivation and depth of meditation, others focus on moving the body, while others are visualisation based. Almost all Qi Gong systems involve specialised breathing, which is coordinated with the activity at hand.
In the Rosewell Centre’s Qi Gong classes, you will learn the six healing sounds which is a subtle breath work that enhances the organ functions. Advancing practitioners will learn Ba Duan Jin.
The guiding principle of all these practices is the coordination of the eyes with the body movements, the focus of the mind and the breath. If practising fewer movement exercises, then the focus is the vision inward, exploring the inner realms as the breath is guided to various inner chambers.
A key aspect in our “getting out of the way” is reconciling the stuck energies in the “horizontal axis” like frustration, grief, shame or anger. The horizontal soul axis of emotions and held beliefs is closely involved in the rise and fall of our emotional and mental lives; tied to the cycle of life and all the trials and tribulations of the soul. Therefore, it is essential not be deferential about this and to engage in the process of reconciling imbalances on this axis.
It is often at this point in the process that many people can get stuck because most of the repressed charge is stored in the shadows, which we habitually refuse to look at. Our desire to accumulate (wood) and our reluctance to let go (metal) lead to clinging and suffering. By playing this game, we become unbalanced and we unintentionally pour more and more energy into creating these ‘imps’! To be fair most of us learn this game from childhood experiences and it takes a courageous leap to reflect a higher vibration.
In Chinese medicine, courage comes from the lungs which are represented by metal and descends energy naturally. Harmonious cooperation manifests from the liver and represents positive wood energy, which naturally rises. The lungs sit above the liver in dynamic tension, maintaining this energetic flow that is the essence of life. Upon death, the shen of the liver (hun) ascends to heaven and the shen of the lungs (po) descends into the earth. Our awareness keeps the dynamic tension; otherwise, they separate, and we perish.
Bringing harmony to the flow of the horizontal axis is what sustains a smooth-running life and plugs us into the power of the vertical axis. The proper alignment of attention and intention requires a healthy understanding of the human condition – far from running from it – we are aware, engaged and awake moment by moment.
Getting started with Qi Gong
The Rosewell Centre’s Sue Hix and Ray Pawlett are fully qualified Qi Gong instructors and are highly experienced to guide you in taking the first steps towards learning Qi Gong.
The Rosewell Centre offers beginner Qi Gong classes to more advanced Qi Gong sessions, which can be practised on a one to one basis or as a group class. These may take place inside our spacious studio or grounds of the Rosewell Centre in Castle Bytham village, near Stamford, South Lincolnshire.
We also offer Qi Gong retreats in the glorious South Lincolnshire countryside.
Qi Gong Retreats
Connect to innate wisdom in your retreat, dive deep inside your soul, process in a safe caring environment. Feeling roots in the earth and spread out into the tree of knowledge, flowering your consciousness into the new Age of transparency and accountability. Come of age into your true Divine selves.
It is a grand vision for a weekend stay in the country but perhaps that is what your heart yearns for; time to bring more meaning to Life and find fearless help to manifest dreams.
The Rosewell Centre
Meet the Qi Gong Team
The Rosewell Centre brings together a group of dedicated people, all with the aim of promoting your health, wellbeing and personal development.
Founder and Director
Sue Hix founded The Rosewell Centre in 1996 as a place to celebrate health and well being from a holistic perspective. She has over 30 years experience of teaching healing and health practises and provides Shiatsu, Tai Chi and Yoga, as well as organising Rosewell Retreats.
In these times Sue is focussing on bringing inspiration, healing and connection, while respecting diversity of values and beliefs. Solutions to well being that are low cost and user friendly which can be shared widely to democratise transcendence into new consciousness. Key elements of focus are – regulating respiration to shift physical and psychological states, – teaching how the nervous system regulates the body – presenting learning about hormone drivers and the effect of foods or substances which change our feelings – bringing transformative music into the arena, which soothes the soul and opens us to the capacity for awe.
Tai Chi, Martial Arts & Healing
Ray Pawlett began his creative journey in 1990, following a path of tai chi, martial arts and healing. He achieved Tai Chi champion in the UK competitive world, published 8 books and since meeting Tai Chi Qigong master Joe Lok in 2015 Ray has become one of a small number of fully qualified coaches for “Phoenix in Graceful Clouds of Blessings”. Ray specialises in bringing depth, quality and humour into his coaching.
Ray facilitates Tai Chi, Qigong, Shiatsu and 9 star Ki astrology readings.
What our Customers Say
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“I have been participating in Sue’s early morning yoga class for many years. It is very enjoyable as the routines vary with new poses and ideas, the most recent addition being aerial yoga. The use of silk hammocks adds a new dimension to practice, challenging different muscles to traditional yoga postures.”
“I had a lovely meditation with Sally’s Ocean Therapy Gong Bath, the sounds were very evocative. I heard the waves on a beach and whales singing! All sounds were very relaxing and I felt 6 inches taller after. It was well worth the drive from Wiltshire!”
"Although I had attended regular yoga classes over the years, I hadn't heard of Yin Yoga before so I thought Id give it a try! Sue provided us with the most comfortable, resting environment in which to practice this type of yoga and I felt that her wonderful soft and gentle tone and approach to the class enhanced the whole experience for me. Sue has such a vast amount of knowledge and understanding which I found incredibly useful as we went through our positions and I enjoyed both challenging myself and the wonderful opportunity to relax and reflect. As if this wasn't enough, after each session, I had an exceptionally restful nights' sleep! I would highly recommend this type of yoga and Sue."