Workshop: National Qigong Association- Asilomar, California – June 26, 2009

Workshop: Qigong and Western Bodymind Healing: Joining Hands

 NQA Conference in Monterey, Workskhop on Friday, June 26,2009  9:30- 12 PM with Michael Mayer, $100

Waves of Qi are arriving from the East, transforming the shores of Western healthcare. You’ll learn what Qigong offers Western bodymind healing, and vice-versa, to create a more comprehensive healing practice. You’ll practice self-healing methods from the ten-system integrative method, Bodymind Healing Qigong,  that Michael synthesized over 30 years of training with some of the most respected Qigong masters. Case illustrations from his work at an integrated medical clinic will illustrate how Qigong can join hands with Western bodymind healing to create an “Energy Psychology” for healing anxiety, chronic pain, hypertension, insomnia and trauma.

Content (Topics) Time Frame for each content area. Friday 9:30-12:00 PM

9:30-9:45 AM-
Presenter’s background integrating Qigong, Psychotherapy and Behavioral Medicine and his co-founding, and being a psychologist at an integrative medical clinic.
Example of integration of Qigong and Western bodymind healing methods with carpal tunnel syndrome

9:45-10:30 Integrating Psychotherapy and Qigong – Energy Psychology, Integral Psychotherapy that includes Qigong: Examples case example of anxiety treatment (Mayer, 1997). River of Life Practice, Focusing Felt shift, Acupoint self touch

Break 10:30-10:40

10:40 -11:10 Experiential

  • Self- healing methods for health problems. Experience Bodymind Healing Qigong practices and self healing methods for energizing the body, hypertension, Joint Problems, preventing falls amongst the elderly, chronic diseases), etc.
  • 4 purposes of each Tai Chi Movement
  • Joining Hands Practices for Self-Cultivation: Water, Earth, and Fire elements

11:10-11:25  What Qigong gives psychotherapy, and what Psychotherapy gives Qigong.

11:25-11:50 Other Psychological and psycho-physiological disorders integrating psychotherapy, behavioral healthcare with Qigong: Applications for other Psychological and Psycho-physiological disorders- Chronic pain  (Hilgard 1983, Mayer 1996. Wu 1999); trauma ( van der Kolk 1995). Changing your life stance-transmuting internalizations (Stolorow 1987) with body-based energy psychotherapy. Qigong movements at moment of felt shift in psychotherapy and healing.

11:50-12:00 Questions remaining

 Suggested Reading and Viewing: Energy Psychology:Self-Healing Practices for Bodymind Health (North Atlantic/Random House, 2009). Secrets to Living Younger Longer: The Self-healing Path of Qigong Standing Meditation and Tai Chi (Bodymind Healing Publications, 2004); Bodymind Healing Qigong DVD; Energy Psychology: Self-Healing Practices for Bodymind Health (North Atlantic, Random House, 2009)

Dr Michael Mayer is a licensed psychologist and Qigong teacher who has presented Qigong workshops at many hospitals (Mt Diablo Hospital; Alta Bates Hospital; University of California, Davis; and UC Medical Center, San Francisco), colleges (John F. Kennedy University, the California Institute of Integral Studies, American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, San Francisco). He has offered many Qigong workshops for world-renowned Esalen Institute. Dr Mayer keynoted the National Qigong Association (2004a) with his presentation on Qigong Ancient Path for Modern Health; and he was chosen to do a master level workshop at the Eleventh World Qigong Congress in San Francisco (2008).  He has certification programs which include Bodymind Healing Qigong for Qigong practitioners/teachers, and a Bodymind Health Practitioner’s Certification Program for health professionals.

Michael’s Tai Chi/ Qigong background includes training for over three decades in the internal martial arts at the Integral Chuan Institute with master Fong Ha where he learned Tai Chi Chuan, Xingyi Chuan (also spelled Quan), and Yi Chuan.  He has also trained with many other masters of medical Qigong. He received a certification in Chinese Health Arts from the Acupressure Institute of Berkeley, CA.

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