Cancer survivors find solace in Qi Gong and Tai Chi classes

Qi Gong and Tai Chi instructor Lucy White.

TOOWOOMBA local Lucy White has joined forces with Cancer Council Queensland to assist South West Queensland locals affected by cancer through offering free Qi Gong and Tai Chi classes.

As a Qi Gong and Tai Chi instructor, Ms White said the classes were suitable for all ages and wellness levels.

“Qi Gong and Tai Chi are Chinese health exercises and work by strengthening the body’s energy, helping to reduces stress and feelings of wellbeing.”

“Through my own practice, teaching and studies of Qi Gong and Tai Chi, I am aware of the positive impacts these groups can make when you’re faced with difficult times, such as a cancer diagnosis or treatment.

“These exercises bring people together in a positive way and environment – I encourage anyone who has been affected by cancer to join us and be a part of our supportive group,” she said.

The free c-vivor Qi Gong and Tai Chi group are held every Thursday at 10am at St Thomas More’s Parish Hall, corner of Ramsay and South Streets, Toowoomba.

Cancer Council Queensland Community Support Coordinator Amber Copland said c-vivorclasses continued to make a tangible difference to those affected by cancer.

“Interacting with others who have also been through a cancer experience is a unique and beneficial form of support and there are also the physical benefits of regular exercise,” Ms Copland said.

“The c-vivor program’s innovative approach to peer support through gentle physical activity will help cancer survivors maintain a healthy lifestyle and ensure their long-term health.”

The Qi Gong and Tai Chi group is part of Cancer Council Queensland’s c-vivor program, which combines the known benefits of physical activity with the added benefits of peer support in a social and supportive environment.

For more information about Cancer Council Queensland or c-vivor, visit cancerqld.org.au or call Cancer Council’s 13 11 20.


(Source : www.thechronicle.com.au)

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