Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Medical Qigong - May Schedule

Email brian@ideal-balance.net for the Zoom Meeting ID and password
See below for class schedule and class descriptions

Class Schedule for May
Monday
Tue
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sun
Eight Pieces of Brocade (F)
9:30-10:15am est
Eight Pieces of Brocade (F)
9:30-10:15am est
Five Animal Sports 
(SG) 9:30-10:30am est
Eight Pieces of Brocade (F)
9:30-10:15am est
Five Animal Sports Practice (F)
10:30-11:30 am est

Medical Qigong for Acupuncturists
(MQA) $30
12:00-1:00 pm est

Low Back & Hip 
(SG) $20
2:00-3:00pm est
Neck & Shoulder (SG) $20
2:00-3:00pm est



Classes may be added for May. Check back and refresh the page to see updated schedule

F – Free; classes are follow-along. Group instruction is given, but not individual, due to group size and class structure. Donations are welcome but not required. Participants can use the Paypal donation link below (paypal account needed) or send an email and we can invoice you via Square. 

 

SG – Small Group; limited to 5 participants. Sign up beforehand by email to brian@ideal-balance.net; an email address is necessary to register. Instructor can see participants and will give individual instruction. Classes include qigong and other corrective exercises to improve strength, flexibility and function and overall health and wellness. Classes are $20 (invoiced via Square; do not use the donation link).


MQA – Medical Qigong (for Acupuncturists); limited to 5 participants. Sign up beforehand by email or phone; an email address is necessary. Instructor can see participants and will give individual instruction. Class will include active qigong instruction and integrated discussion of acupuncture points, channel sinews (jingjin) and zangfu and how these relate to the movements. Classes are $30 (invoiced; do not use the donation link).


T – Telemedicine (by appointment). Private one-on-one session. A telemedicine appointment is private and HIPAA-compliant and a detailed history and assessment is performed. A detailed treatment is given which can include self acupressure and massage (sometimes with tools such as a foam roll or therapy balls), specific corrective exercises prescriptions, core stabilization exercises, herbal medical prescriptions. Call or email to request an appointment.


Class Descriptions

Eight Pieces of Brocade: This sequence includes 8 moves, done individually, each working on a specific organ system. This form is very accessible and easy to learn, does not require difficult stepping or shifting of weight and can even be done seated.  
Five Animal Sports: This sequence includes 5 moves that are part of each "Animal" (25 moves total). Each Animal represents an organ that is being worked on from the point of view of Chinese physiology. This form is a bit more challenging and does involve stepping and shifting, but can be modified to meet individual needs and can be done seated if necessary. This form is very dynamic and a lot of fun!

Strengthening for Qigong: Effective qigong practice requires physical strength, especially in key areas. This class will focus on strengthening the core, the neck and shoulder muscles, the arches of the feet, and the legs, hip and gluteal muscles — all areas that can become weak and lead to poor posture, a compressed spine and poor circulation in the internal organs.
Recommended: an exercise mat and folding chair (or other chair or stool) is suggested, as some exercises will be done seated or lying down.

Low Back & Hip: This class is excellent for managing low back and hip conditions and features diverse qigong and corrective exercises to increase flexibility, balance pelvic alignment, and strengthen the core and important structures for low back and hip stability. 
This class is good for both prevention and for general conditions, but for more severe pain, the telemedicine sessions might be indicated.
Recommended: Loose fitting clothing, mat, folding chair (or other chair or stool)

Shoulder & Neck: This class is excellent for managing neck and shoulder pain, headaches, and jaw tension. It features diverse qigong and corrective exercises to increase flexibility, re-align the neck, shoulder and head, and strengthen the core and important structures for neck and shoulder stability. 
This class is good for both prevention and for general conditions, but for more severe pain, the telemedicine sessions might be indicated.
Recommended: Loose fitting clothing, mat, folding chair (or other chair or stool)

Knee, Ankle & Foot: This class excellent for managing knee, foot or ankle pain. It features diverse qigong and corrective exercises to increase flexibility, properly align the foot/knee/pelvis structure, and increase strength for stability in standing and walking. 

This class is good for both prevention and for general conditions, but for more severe pain, the telemedicine sessions might be indicated.
Recommended: Loose fitting clothing, mat, folding chair (or other chair or stool)

Medical Qigong for Acupuncturists: This class for healthcare professionals will explore from an in-depth clinical perspective how the movements massage/mobilize certain acupuncture points and regions, engage the channel sinews (jingjin), and massage/mobilize the internal organs (zangfu). Students will work with multiple qigong sets such as the Eight Pieces of Brocade and Five Animal Sports, to improve their own health and understanding, and to learn effective strategies for working with patients.