George Monkhouse LicAc MBAcC is a fully insured and licensed acupuncturist, and is a member of the British Acupuncture Council, the largest self regulatory body for acupuncture in the UK.

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Recommendations

"The sensitivity and quality of his treatment is second to none and he also gave me the tools to regain control of my emotions. George is an exceptionally talented acupuncturist, an absolute professional and I am so relieved to have discovered him at such a bleak time."
- Sally W.

"I will be grateful forever for your immediate understanding and support you gave me. George is the first reference for my children and me in order to balance our state of health.”
- Betty B.

"I initially consulted with George to regain post-operative full health from bowel cancer. During the period of care George has provided excellent advice, dietary care and acupuncture treatments which has radically reduced the amount of pain and improved my lifestyle."
- Brigid R.

“I have been treated by George for over 4 years now, for all sorts of issues over the years, from insomnia to stomach problems. I also receive acupuncture treatment for general well being from time to time, which helps to keep my energy levels in balance and my body healthy throughout the months. I recommend acupuncture to anyone because you will never know how good you will feel until you try it.”
- Bernard B.

“George is a wonderful practitioner, both in terms of practical skills and his intuitive responses to patient needs. While seeing George for my physical symptom he somehow managed to influence me on a much broader level, consequently I have radically changed my lifestyle and my condition is now vastly improved.”
- Charlie G.

"George from start to finish was a true professional, showing great learning and kindness throughout my treatments. His sessions were powerful and healing".
- Natasha B.

"He is also a very good listener and has offered some wonderful advice and perspectives without ever coming across as telling you what to do. I really can’t recommend him highly enough.”
- Kate A.

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Qigong


Classes are at ZenYoga on Tuesdays 6-7pm.

The next 8-week course starts on Tuesday 1st September and is £75.

You are welcome to come to individual classes as well. Drop-in prices are £10 per class (concessions £8).


 

Health Benefits of Qigong

Qigong

Qigong

Qigong loosely translates as ‘energy’ (qi) ‘cultivation’ (gong).

Similar in some ways to yoga, qigong (also spelt chi kung) is a practice of movement, breath and mindfulness. Qigong has been used for thousands of years as a low-cost, relaxing and universal healthcare exercise. It is widely practised in China and its neighbouring countries, and has found an increasing following in the West in the last 50 years. By mastering your body and your energy, you gain greater control of your life and your destiny. Tai chi is one form of qigong.

chi kung dulwichIn Chinese medicine, with a free flow of blood and energy circulating throughout our bodies we experience an ideal healthy life. This free flow is disturbed by areas that become weak or stagnant with blood and/or energy, as a result of bad habits and injuries, causing illness. Qigong is a practice whereby we move our bodies in a way that ensures that free flow, strengthening deficiencies and moving stagnation.

Daoism, one of China’s three founding philosophies, is based on the theory that everything alternates between yin and yang; between two alternating polarities (as most succinctly evidenced in qigong as the in-breath and out-breath maintaining life), and that we can experience balance and health in our lives when we understand that they are the two parts of the whole. So in relation to the breath, there should always be a smooth cyclical rhythm where there is no discernible difference between the end of the out-breath and the beginning of the in-breath, and so too the end of the in-breath and the beginning of the out-breath. In this way, we mimic the ideal, perfect balance between the alternations of yin and yang – when all parts of the body used in breathing are relaxed and free of tension. When we are relaxed and free of tension, illness gives way to strength and injury can be healed. Mindful, relaxed and rhythmical breathing also massages the internal organs as the diaphragm expands and contracts. (Our breathing becomes shallow, fractured and inhibited because of past experiences when we have resisted the comings and goings in life, and we often retain these impaired breathing habits.) The practice of aligning our breath in this natural rhythm allows liberation of many mental and emotional patterns that limit our potential.

qigongFurthermore, in qigong we extend this practice to make sure we flex and extend muscles, and lead our joints through their full range of movement in the ways they have been designed to do. Fundamental in qigong is the practice of correct standing. As children, like tribesmen, we stood, bent and walked naturally, but most of us lost this natural movement in favour of awkward and stressful postures. To reconnect with how our bodies are supposed to operate is to help ourselves release long-held tension that tires our bodies and minds, and weakens our ability to nurture ourselves and our environment sufficiently.

All of these methods are combined, along with the ‘6 Healing Sounds’ and visualisations to strengthen and heal the mind and body, help the bodymind take care of itself more and more efficiently. Especially when practised daily, we reach a stage where our energy levels are high, our sleep is sound, our mind is always calm and balanced, and our body is strong, resisting illness and healing quickly.

Highly recommended if you are interested in:

  • Boosting your health & vitality through cleansing of the nervous system;
  • Gaining peace of mind by resolving negative emotions such as anxiety, anger and fear;
  • Achieving greater aerobic capacity;
  • Promoting longevity;
  • Weight loss and staying fit – regulating your digestive system and metabolism;
  • Improving your sporting prowess through greater flexibility and mobility;
  • Preventing osteoporosis, heart disease and IBS;
  • Healing internal injuries;
  • Lowering blood pressure and cholesterol;
  • Increasing your strength and stamina;
  • Gaining confidence and self control;
  • Becoming much more grounded and centred;
  • Better focus and concentration.

George teaches Dragon & Tiger Qigong as a complete medical form for patients and the general public.

George currently facilitates Dragon & Tiger Qigong on Tuesday nights 6-7pm from ZenYoga studio in Camberwell.

It is a drop-in class.

The class fee is £10 (£8 concessions), with £75 for 8 classes.


Classes are at ZenYoga on Tuesdays 6-7pm.

The next 8-week course starts on Tuesday 1st September and is £75.

You are welcome to come to individual classes as well. Drop-in prices are £10 per class (concessions £8).


 There has been ample research on the effects of qigong, with varied success due to the difficulty of attributing effects absolutely to qigongHere is a useful abstract explaining the effects of qigong according to scientific research (courtesy of the Qigong Institute). More research papers can be found at:

http://www.qigonginstitute.org/html/papers.php

http://www.qigongresearchsociety.com/?cat=11