Shibashi means 18 forms/movements. Created in 1979 by the renowned Professor Lin Housheng, former director of the Shanghai Qigong Research Institute (Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine). Taiji Qigong Shibashi combines the beauty of Taiji (Tai Chi) movements with the healing effect of Qigong and Meditation. Simpler then Taiji, the fluid movements follow your breathing, creating a soothing sensation flowing through your body. The mind is relaxed and observes the movements or creates an image inspired by the name of each movement: “Expanding the chest”, “Rowing in the middle of the lac”, “Fisherman casting his net”. This Qigong leaves you relaxed and fully energized in less then 20 minutes. Enjoy this instructional video for the first 20 minutes followed by the complete flow as you follow long with me.
Of all the Qigong systems I have practiced, Taiji Qigong Shibashi is by far the most complete and effective. The system has a total of 18 forms, created between 1979 and 2010. Deceivingly simple, it is easy to miss the subtle internal development it provides. Since a “light” practice produces health benefits, many practitioners won’t search to develop the “inner form”. But with a deeper practice, it becomes a powerful tool that incorporates all the variations of energy movements within the body.