It's been over a month since I posted here, because in February, after posting something about veterans, I got really focused on meeting a book editing deadline, and in March--well, you know...
But I had planned to write up a blog post about how great Sheng Zhen is for mental health in general, and then I also wanted to write blog posts that speak specifically to how Sheng Zhen could help nurses, firefighters and other first responders, people in recovery, etcetera.... And I planned to start doing outreach to find funding. I also wanted to get back to writing a grant proposal i started a long time ago. Lots of ideas! Lots of plans. Over time, I can get to them.
For now I just want to share that I'm offering online group classes Mondays through Fridays. And you can find more info at www.rebeccacliogould.com/onlineclasses. They are open to the general public. And unless otherwise noted, I'm offering them on a sliding scale, and nobody will be turned away for lack of funds. So, you can show up and participate for free.
As for the free classes I want to offer through Qi4All, I'm available for specialized online group classes or workshops. Just need some funding for them... If you'd like to discuss sponsoring/funding/contributing, let's talk. Otherwise, you could come to those classes I'm currently offering to check out what I do, and then maybe later we can set up something else.
That's all for now!
Mind body practices, such as meditation and qigong, are especially helpful for veterans whether or not they are experiencing PTSD. These practices can help with pain management, insomnia, easing big life transitions, and reducing anxiety and depression. And although optimal wellbeing takes dedication and "hard work," these classes are often experienced as an enjoyable, even fun and playful, part of the healing journey.
Benefits specific to helping veterans include:
Because tai chi is more popular in the U.S. than qigong, there are not many scientific studies specifically regarding qigong. However, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence of qigong being beneficial not only for physical health but for mental health as well. And because qigong is the foundation of tai chi, the benefits of tai chi that have been studied apply to qigong as well.
Qigong students who have also studied tai chi have reported more ease and joy, and less difficulty and frustration, in learning qigong compared to tai chi. And while seated, non-moving meditation, can actually amplify physical and/or emotional pain, especially for beginners and/or when self-guided, meditation in motion (ie qigong) helps the practitioner alleviate discomfort by getting grounded in their body and getting their qi (energy) flowing.
For more on classes or private instruction, get in touch.
Additional Resources and Articles:
How Common is PTSD in Veterans?
Review study points to most effective mind-body therapies for PTSD
Qigong at the VA
Introduction to Tai Chi and Qigong for Whole Health
Mind-body Practices for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Treating Survivors of Torture and Refugee Trauma: A Preliminary Case Series Using Qigong and T'ai Chi
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