Taijiquan Qigong

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Taiji Quan & QiGong

Tai Chi is often described as “meditation in motion,” but it might as well be called “medication in motion. Taiji Quan & Qi Gong are part of the weekly spa program and are taught by Medical Spa Director Dr.univ. Imke König who has been practicing Taijiquan and Qi Gong for 35 years and is also a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Individual classes and TCM treatments can be booked at the SPA DESK.

There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice, which originated in China as a martial art, can help treat or prevent many health problems. And you can start even if you aren’t in the best shape or health. In this low-impact, slow-motion exercise, you move without pausing through a series of movements named after animal actions — for example, “white crane spreads its wings” — or martial arts moves, such as “box both ears.” As you move, you breathe deeply and naturally and focus your attention on your bodily sensations, as in some forms of meditation. Tai Chi differs from other forms of exercise in several ways. The movements are usually circular and never forced, the muscles are relaxed rather than tensed, the joints are not fully extended or flexed, and the connective tissues are not stretched. Tai Chi can be easily adapted for everyone, from the most fit to those confined to wheelchairs or recovering from surgery. This gentle form of exercise can help maintain strength, flexibility, and balance, and may be the perfect activity for the rest of your life.

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Taiji Quan Retreat

In the Taiji Retreat, we study and practice the form, or choreography, of the authentic Yang style. Qigong exercises are additionally practiced for warm-up, strength, coordination, and agility. In four days, we will cover either Part I of the form (Earth), or the first or second half of Part II (Sky) (including script) The first part is somewhat easier than the second, but in principle we could start with Part II as well. Warm-up with Qi Gong exercises before we develop and practice the choreography of Part 1 of the authentic Yang-style form as a group. The meditative aspects of this form of movement are explored, as well as the principles of opening and closing the yin and yang.


In the TCM and Qigong Retreat, the essence of Traditional Chinese Medicine is explained. Each day, new Qigong exercises are taught, along with knowledge about the principles of the Chinese Five Element Diet, and of living a happy, long life in harmony with nature. aily Qigong exercises (including script). The principles of the Five Element Diet in TCM. TCM Lifestyle: Live a long and happy life!

Each 4- or 5-day Taiji or Qi Gong retreat comes with a detailed script for practicing at home. Lessons take place from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon (with a short tea break) and from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Please wear comfortable, breathable loose cotton clothing, socks or shoes with a flat, thin sole. Since windows are often kept open during practice, be sure to dress warmly enough and always have a sweater and a scarf or shawl with you just in case.