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Tai Chi Qigong
The ancient Chinese practices of tai chi and qi gong (pronounced CHEE-gung) combine slow, deliberate movements, meditation, and breathing exercises.
The postures flow together without pause, making qi gong and tai chi look like slow, graceful dances that keep your body in constant motion.
In ‘A Comprehensive Review of Health Benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi’ (1) researchers identified 163 different physiological and psychological health outcomes. Many of the studies assessed outcomes across more than one category (e.g., physical function as well as a variety of psychosocial and fitness outcomes).
Yoga is an ancient form of exercise for body and mind and aims to create harmony between mind, body and soul.
Gentle yoga may help to alleviate side effects of cancer treatment, such as low energy levels and sleep problems, so participants can feel better.
If you are unable to do yoga on a mat then we have chairs available so everyone can take part. In yoga, linking movement with breath increases the flow of energy throughout the body that promotes healing.
In March 2010 (2) a review of studies into yoga for patients with cancer was published. It included 10 trials. It found that yoga could help to reduce anxiety, depression, tiredness (fatigue) and stress for some patients. And it improved the quality of sleep, mood and spiritual well-being for some people.
Join the Together Against Cancer team (and Jess the dog!) for a leisurely walk in the fresh air.
Breath in the sights and sounds of beautiful Watermead Park.
(1) Jahnke R, Larkey L, Rogers C, Etnier J, Lin F. A comprehensive review of health benefits of qigong and tai chi. Am J Health Promot. 2010;24(6):e1-e25. doi:10.4278/ajhp.081013-LIT-248