Letting go and strengthening
Chinese medicine and Qigong for stress-related diseases
By Ursula Rimbach
“Stress” is seen as a widespread cause of disease and is one of the most frequent reasons why people visit Qigong or Taiji courses. Ursula Rimbach sets out the Chinese perspective on stress and sketches the essential treatment strategies. Qigong plays an important role here as a method of self-practice that helps one to let go of burdensome issues, to free oneself of stress-causing patterns and at the same time to harmonise the flow of Qi and to strengthen one’s own centre.
When the fist opens
By Yürgen Oster
Prompted by Gerhard Dänekamp, who lamented the loss of the martial arts aspect in Taijiquan (TQJ 1/2014), Yürgen Oster sets out his concept of Taijiquan as a path for self-cultivation that includes martial art but also transcends it. First of all, he finds it important that each person should be clear about his or her own intentions and then practice with correspondingly realistic expectations. Real gongfu requires intensive and persistent training, as well as careful supervision. In the process we travel a path that we can only understand en route; the greatest hindrances here may be our ideas and convictions, which we need to let go of in order to perceive and appreciate new aspects.
»The hand form, Qigong and push hands should complement each other«
Interview by Markus Wagner with Lau Waishing
Professor Lau Waishing is one of the leading figures in Hong Kong’s Taijiquan community. He learned Wu style Taijiquan in the tradition of Wu Jianquan as well as Zhaobao-He style under Cheung Man Keung. Markus Wagner talked to him about his career, his teachers and the aspects he considers important when he himself teaches. For Lau Waishing, both Qigong and push hands are essential elements of Taiji training that are needed to build up inner energy and to develop the requisite softness and sensitivity. Weapon forms serve to extend the training possibilities. However, he also recognises the need to consider the individual interests of students and to respond to these.
The ability to relax in Qigong
An insight into our autonomic nervous system through measurement of the heart rate variability (HRV)
By Norbert Genser with contributions from Peter Hauschild and Zuzana Sebkova-Thaller
Measuring the heart rate variability provides information about one’s level of physical, mental and emotional tension or relaxation. This measurement is conducted by means of frequency spectral analysis which reflects the interaction of the sympathetic and the parasympathetic nervous systems in the sense of tension and relaxation. Norbert Genser has collaborated with Peter Hauschild of the Academy for Chronopsychology and Chronomedicine in Vienna and Zuzana Sebkova-Thaller of the Qigong and Chan Mi Gong Training Centre in Augsburg to carry out a study in which the heart rate variability of various test persons was recorded during the practice of Qigong. This revealed a strong correlation of relaxation phases as well as individual differences in the level of mental tension and physical relaxation. The measurement method showed itself to be significant for scientific representation of the effect of Qigong on the autonomic nervous system.
»A harmonious message between life care and medicine«
40 years of experience teaching Qigong and Taijiquan
Interview with Du Hong Lena und Sui Qingbo
Du Hong Lena has been teaching Qigong for 40 years: initially as a physiotherapist at a sanatorium in China, and then in German-speaking countries since the end of the 1980s. To mark this jubilee Ramona Heister talked to her about her teaching experiences, especially with the “18 Movements Taiji Qigong” set, and her joint work with her husband Sui Qingbo, who also took part in the interview. The two of them have been living in Hamburg for more than 20 years, they travel to various venues to teach Taijiquan and Qigong seminars together and they have founded the Laoshan Centre. As part of their personal development, they have continually developed the content and focus of their teaching concept under the motto “a harmonious message between life care and medicine”.