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!