Image description


Qi Gong Shibashi

Qi gong is designed to improve health and wellbeing by increasing the subtle energy (chi/qi) in the body. Its gentle rocking and stretching movements massage the internal organs, improve circulation and digestion. The chest exercises and controlled breathing are good for lung conditions and asthma. It activates and improves mental capacity by learning and remembering a new skill. Helps co-ordinate movement, mind and breath to create a calm, tension free body. It increases agility, flexibility, balance; strenghtening joints and muscles. It is relaxing and enjoyable to do.

Shibashi is easy to learn and can be done from a chair. In Malaysia and Indonesia it is considered a national exercise and over 10 million people practice it worldwide. Qi gong means energy exercise and Shibhashi means 18 movements (shi=10, ba=8, shi=movement) therefore it is an energy exercise of 18 movements, each working of specific energy meridians of the body (i.e. heart, liver, kidneys etc.) Qi gong Shibashi was developed in 1979 by Professor Lin Hou-Sheng, a renowned Qigong Master, Scientist and Master Healer.

My focus is on qigong as it has a meditative quality to it and works specifically with the energy systems of the body.  I have attended classes and workshops over the years and also spent four years learning the Tai Chi short form, which I found difficult to learn.  When I heard of Shibashi as a simpler and easy form to learn and remember,  I went on a teachers training course.

Spring 2018 saw me return for a course with Sifu on Qigong methods for treating different health challenges. 19 different areas were covered using specific movements, sounds, acupressure points and massage. These I will be incorporating into my classes as and when appropriate.

The benefits of Shibashi’s 18 movements

Shibashi is all about gathering subtle energy (qi/chi) into your energy system, which can be stored in the Dan Tian (an energy reservoir) which can be used at a later time when required. It is beneficial for those with low energy reserves due to illness or more specially ME for example. The whole practice encourages release of stress/tension in the body as well as helping to dissolve negativity.

Each movement affects different meridians of the body, increasing energy flow through them e.g. stomach, spleen, kidney, gallbladder etc.(please note they are not in the same area as the physical organs, they are meridian channels which correspond to the appropriate organ). Therefore a particular movement can be chosen to work with where there is a health concern.

Qi is also gathered through the specific points - the crown of the head (universal energy), soles of the feet (earth energy) and palms of the hands. They are called:

Bai Hui: a point on the top of the head at the crossing points of lines drawn between the tips of each ear and the nose to nape of neck. "Bai” means “hundreds” and

            “Hui” means “meeting”.  It is the point where many meridians meet. 

Lao Gong: a point on the palm of each hand (where the middle finger touches the palm if bent towards it).

Yuan Quan: the most inside point on the bottom of each foot if the toes are tucked in.  Yuan Quan means “bubbling well” or “bubbling stream”.

Throughout the sequence of movements energy is increased and this can be gauged by the energy felt in the palms, particularly at the end of the practice.

As some of the movements involve twisting at the waist, this causes a massaging of the all the meridians that run through the meridian belt at the waist, increasing the efficiency of the energy flow.

Kinesic energy is used to move the arms. To feel how this works: stand in a doorway and push the backs of your hands out to each side of the door frame, push for a couple of minutes then stand away, relax and watch the arms float up of their own accord. That is the energy you wish to harness and it easily comes with practise.


increases inner awareness of the body, how less can be more. Doing the movement in a simplified way without causing discomfort. Ease of movement together with ease of mind. There is no competitive as aspect to it, it can be light and enjoyable. Everyone is one their own personal inward journey.

increases meditative awareness where the mind is focused on what you are doing, not running away with mind chatter. Once the sequence is learnt it has a calming and floating feel to it.


suits any age but in particular to those who have maturing bodies, as it works within your comfortable capacity. It can easily be done from a chair or even some of the movements laying on a bed. No matter what your ability there will be something in it for you.

opens the hip, knee, shoulder, elbow and wrists joints safely (good for arthritic /rheumatic joints).

encourages abdominal breathing to cleanse the body systems.

Shibashi can be developed and refined as you become more acquainted.

Getting started on your own


It is important to practise the basic (Wuji) stance. Feet are parallel, a comfortable shoulder width apart.  The spine should be straight allowing space between the vertebrae.  The lower back muscles should be relaxed and the knees soft with a feeling of sitting down slightly, so that there can be movement within the knees (no locking).  The neck needs to be aligned with the straight spine (no leaning forwards) so the chin is tucked slightly inwards.  The neck is elongated from the back not the front and muscles in the neck need to be long. This is important for the energy to be able to flow through the spine without obstruction.  


Watch video on youtube

Or visit Shibashi website for video and further information

A gift from Master Wing Cheung (who taught me)

"I have learned more than 30 different styles of Qigong. Tai Chi Qigong Shibashi is one of the most effective and easiest to learn. Most of my students are able to master it in just a few lessons. And many of them can feel the presence of 'Qi' traveling in their bodies after practicing for just 3 months.

I have created this free qigong video and instruction manual so that all can have a chance to study it.

I am sure you will benefit from this gift. Just follow the instructions and practice daily. Be sure to spread the word about this website so that more people can benefit from this qigong video."

In the class other qigong and tai chi movements are incorporated, as well as embracing when appropriate: Acupressure, Acu-Yoga, Reflexology, Self massage


Image description

Subtle energy channels called meridians are worked on by the movements of Shibashi.

Meridians are like rivers that flow whilst vessels primarily are storage places, yet also have a flow to them.

There are 20 major meridians that connect limbs, internal organs and the surface of the body.

12 are primary meridians each connected to a major organ, as per the diagram. 6 of these are 6 yin and 6 yang

8 of the primary meridians are called extra-ordinary, functioning a reservoirs, supplying extra qi to the body when needed.

Governing (Du) and Conception Vessels (Ren)  are the main energy rivers of the body's yin and yang; whilst also holding energy them until it is needed.

Medical Qigong practice can involve regulating conception and governing vessels, this can be done with meditative awareness for healing purposes:

drawing yang upwards and yin downwards, known as the fire and water pathways.

Microcosmic fire or water orbits are taught as a meditation practice.

The governing meridian trajectory passes through all the yang channels, over which it is said to 'govern" often called 'Sea of Yang Meridians'. It nourishes the 5 ancestral organs.

The conception meridian trajectory, monitors and directs all yin channels including the stomach.  It is said to stimulate spiitual intuition. It also nourishes the uterus and genital systems