The Importance of Grounding in Tai Chi and Chi Kung(Qigong)

What is Grounding?

Grounding or earthing is simply connecting your body with the earth’s surface; the land or water of our planet. You probably think this is very natural, but how many people actually walk barefoot or touch their skin to earth on a daily basis? With the advent of rubber or synthetic soled shoes, tires, and non-conductive building materials; most people in developed countries have lost this vital connection with the earth’s energy!


We are bio-electric beings. All body systems (organ, immune, nervous, etc.), all movement with and within the body (even thinking) involve energy. Each of our over 3 trillion cells receives and transmits electrical signals. Some interactions produce free radicals which carry a positive charge and create inflammation. Many scientists consider chronic inflammation the root cause of numerous diseases. The earth is like a giant battery charged by the sun, atmosphere, and internal processes. Its surface carries a negative charge so contact with it can neutralize the damaging free radicals. Walking barefoot, sitting on the ground, lying on the beach and swimming in the ocean release the earth’s negative ions into the body.


Scientists have been researching the intricate bio-electric interactions within the body to understand how the body is affected by the earth’s electric fields. A published study in the Journal of Environmental Health reviews the therapeutic advantages of grounding (Earthing/Health) and reports

Several studies document the following benefits:
  • Reduces inflammation and provides a healing treatment of asthma, arthritis, auto-immune diseases, and cancer.
  • Reduces stress by regulating cortisol, the primary stress hormone
  • Facilitates relaxation and promotes better and deeper sleep
  • Relieves muscle tension and headaches
  • Reduces risk factors for cardiovascular disease and improves blood pressure and circulation
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Normalize body rhythms

The importance of grounding is well known to tai chi and chi kung practitioners and one of the key principals in our teaching, but it is very interesting that there is now more scientific research and evidence of the benefits.

This information is provided by:

Tai Chi, Qigong & Feng Shui Institute
12, Tai Fung Bldg. 7/F., Cosmopolitan Est.,
Tai Kok Tsui, Hong Kong
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Scientific evidence that meridians do exist!

Follow the link to find out more about the latest scientific evidence that the energy meridians running through our bodies do exist!

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New classes starting in Southampton March 2019!

New classes soon to be available, in an exclusive small studio on Friday mornings in the Portswood area of Southampton! Contact Mark for more information

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NHS Guide to tai chi

Tai chi is becoming increasingly recognised by the NHS as a safe system of exercise, which can benefit people of all ages and fitness levels. Please follow this link the NHS guide to tai chi, which offers all sorts of useful information about this long established exercise form NHS guide to tai chi

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NHS Adopting Taichi/Qigong (Shibashi)

The Torbay and Devon NHS have produced the following practice information for beginners, in taichi/qigong (Shibashi), as a simple and easy to learn system of forms and movements to help overall balance, posture and general health. The hand-out includes pictures to help and also shows these in seated form, for those less mobile.

Shibashi is an easy to learn system of movements, using 18 forms, which will help mobility, balance and overall health and is becoming increasingly recognised by the NHS as a safe sytem of exercise for the older citizens, combing elements of tai chi and chi kung.

Please follow this link for the handout Taichi/qigong

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Shibashi – Tai Chi-Chi Kung

T’ai Chi – Chi Kung

Shibashi is a gentle, beautiful and flowing chi kung exercise routine that is both a joy to do and deeply relaxing. It combines the key elements of chi kung and tai chi, such as effortlessness, mindfulness and use of the breath.

It consists of 18 forms practised as a flowing sequence but if time is short then this can be reduced as required. It is easily learnt and notes and illustrations are provided to help remember the forms. For those who want to develop further there is a second set of shibashi forms which expand on the first set and provide an even greater repertoire of movements to benefit from!

As well as being a complete exercise routine it can also be used as a warm up for tai chi forms or to complement other types of physical exercise, such as gym work, walking, cycling, etc.

Shibashi is very good for people who want to move on to Yang style tai chi forms because it introduces the basic elements of weight shifting, centre led movement, co-ordination of hand and leg movements together with controlled breathing. It will also support chi kung practice and other martial art systems, as well as being beneficial to overall physical and mental health.

All shibashi movement is centred around a face forward position. Diagonal side steps always return to this starting position – so in that sense it is fixed. If you can stretch your arms out to the sides and turn a full circle you have enough space to practice.

The complete shibashi pattern takes about 15 to 20 minutes depending on how you are feeling and the number of repetitions of each form.

It’s suitable for all groups and all ages – and you are never to old to start – many people in their 70’s practice shibashi!

Southern Chi Kung intend to introduce shibashi classes in the Hampshire area in the new year, so keep an eye on our website classes page for further updates!

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Chi Fit – A New Concept in Health and Fitness!

A new concept in health and fitness – imagine if you could achieve all the benefits of a workout in the gym, but without strain or impact on the joints, ligaments or muscles?

Chi Fit is a new form of fitness class, utilising one of the key facets of chi kung, t’ai chi and other similar systems – effortlessness and relaxation! All the movements, forms and static postures will provide all the benefits of a cardio-vascular workout, along with improved overall fitness, flexibility, body balance, use of the breath and posture. Health benefits include strengthened immune system, improved organ function, weight control, stress relief and just generally feeling good about life!

Classes are intended to be fun and dynamic, with a great selection of music to help get the vibe going, but with a nice relaxation section at the end.

As well as a qualified and experienced chi kung instructor, Mark is a qualified gym instructor and stress manager and Chi Fit classes are programmed to exercise all parts of the body through carefully planned exercise routines.

Classes are still being planned but keep an eye on our classes page for further details of classes coming in your area!

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Welcome to Southern Chi Kung

Welcome to Southern Chi Kung, based in Hampshire, and offering Chi Kung (Qigong) classes at various locations in the Southampton and Hampshire area, as well as offering personal tuition.

This ancient, powerful, form of Chinese energy exercise has many benefits, including physical and emotional health, stress relief, longevity and stillness. Whether you want to become healthier, less stressed or to have greater energy, Chi Kung will help.

If you are a sports person, and want to improve power, strength or stamina, or have particular health needs, then Chi Kung personal tuition is perfect. The variety of exercises, moving forms, static postures and focus on correct breathing can all be programmed to meet your particular needs.

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