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Tai Chi Qigong (TCQ – based on MATCH research)

Intended Audience

All members including people living with cancer, family members and significant caregivers.

Program Description

Tai Chi involves a series of slow movements done in a meditative fashion to bring about mental calm and clarity. Qigong exercises typically have three components; a stationary or moving posture, breathing techniques, and mental focus to guide chi/qi through the body. TCQ incorporates simple Tai Chi element with the healing framework stemming from Qigong principals. Tai Chi/Qigong (TCQ) is a unique program designed originally for the MATCH Research Study, conducted by the University of Calgary and Toronto’s Princess Margaret Cancer Centre to compare and measure benefits of well-being for cancer survivors. Read about The Match Study.

Benefits and Impact

Benefits of this program stem from all three practices, Tai Chi, Qigong and meditation. These well- researched programs are known to help reduce stress, improve cognitive function and deepen mindfulness and inner awareness. Other reported benefits include:

  • Improved fitness level
  • Improved balance
  • Reduced focus on pain
  • A greater sense of well-being

What to Expect at a Session

Weekly one-hour classes begin with a 20-minute Qigong warm up exercises, followed by simplified Tai Chi movements. Some time is also spent in sitting meditation. Same content is repeated each week in order to encourage enhanced benefits and the deepening of flow and inner exploration.

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