It’s important as we age to remain active and limber. Qigong is not “high impact”; it builds strength and resilience gradually over time. It can help people recover from musculoskeletal injuries, it can help correct poor posture and when practised regularly over time it strengthens our immune responses. It keeps muscles active, ligaments and tendons supple and the weight-bearing is good for bones. Learning new movements and sequences of movements makes us create fresh neural pathways in the brain. Improved circulation is yet another benefit.
When looking for an instructor, note whether they still have contact with their own teacher. Any teacher should have had at least three years of experience of the qigong they teach. Traditionally people only teach if their own teacher permits it. These are matters to consider whether you plan to study qigong or any of the Chinese martial arts.
to be continued….