OCT 2018

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Page 57 of 76 • october 2018 • [ 55 ] Qigong's eff ects may be powerful and instantaneous, but the exercises themselves are simple, gentle and adaptable, making the practice easily added to class schedules and available to participants regardless of age, physical limitations or health issues. "You don't need to have any experience to take a class. Everyone is capable of doing it," says Niermann. In fact, moving isn't even mandatory, adds Chase. "You can do it lying down, and some opt for mental qigong, visualizing the movement and circuit of breath when their bodies aren't able to physically do the form," she says. Abrams incorporates music, chimes and singing bowls—but points out that such props aren't necessary. "The beauty of qigong is that you really don't need anything other than yourself," he notes. Sessions can range from 20 minutes to an hour and don't require a lot of space—or even a room. "It's great to do it barefoot in the grass," says Chase of her class, Body as Brush (pictured below), which starts with a qigong warm-up outside and ends with freeform calligraphy. One thing is certain: There are a multitude of mindfulness benefi ts to implementing qigong, whether you plan to off er classes to clients, combine it with body services, or simply start practicing it yourself. u TOP: © ADRIÁN GREGORUTTI; BOTTOM: COURTESY SUNRISE SPRINGS SPA RESORT 1 . 8 0 0 . 5 6 2 . 5 3 7 7

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