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Acupressure Series no.4: How to Relieve Sadness with One Pressure Point

Welcome back to the fifth edition of our Acupressure Series. On today’s blog we explain how our Qi energy acupressure treatments can relieve sadness and negative emotions by stimulating just one energy point located in the centre of the chest.

Conception Vessel 17

Conception Vessel 17 or CV 17, is located in the centre of the chest and feeds into the pericardium energy center of the body, which protects the heart. Free-flowing Qi energy is responsible for helping people feel well in body, mind and spirit. However, the CV 17 point is often sore or tender to touch for people who have experienced heartbreak, suffer from depression or are prone to feeling sad. This point is where these emotions are kept within the body and cause a blockage of Qi energy, causing emotional as well as physical problems.

How we treat the CV 17 point using acupressure treatments

  • CV 17 area is located just up from the base of the breastbone. We place our fingers on the chest with the index and middle finger placed on the breastbone, supported by the thumb
  • Then in the small indent in this area we gently rub up and down the center of the breastbone to stimulate the CV 17 point
  • The CV 17 point is connected to the lymphatic system so in pressing along other points across the lymphatic system; on the chest and on the side of the neck, we can also help to further release tension in this area
  • Despite seeming only to be skin and bone, this area is a energy pressure point so can be painful to touch especially for people who are holding onto the aforementioned emotions
Acupressure Point CV 17 - Qi Wellness

Acupressure Point CV 17

How to mentally release the emotions connected to the CV 17 point

  • As mentioned this point is linked to sadness, depression and heartbreak. Through meditation we can release these emotions over time
  • By sitting in meditation and considering what has happened in our lives which has caused us sadness we can then begin the process of acceptance for these events
  • The sadness we hold on to can be because we don’t understand why something has happened, especially if we feel we have been hurt by another person unfairly
  • If we can put ourselves in the position of another and recognize the emotions that were influencing their decisions we can begin to empathise. This is again true if we can recognise the person has been incapable of controlling their desires
  • In doing this we create a greater understanding of the events that have caused us sadness which gives us wisdom and strength to forgive the person who has hurt us, not allow them to hurt us for any longer and move on
  • This will help release the tension and pain held in the CV 17 point and allow us to go forward in our lives with a more open heart, capable of welcoming more people into our lives whilst giving and sharing more love

Qi Wellness

Qi Wellness is a unique well-being and alternative health centre in the heart of London. Drawing on Eastern philosophy, Qi Wellness practitioners offer holistic treatments and classes to help strengthen the body, as well as, improve emotional and mental wellbeing.

Following similar principles to acupuncture, but without using needles, the practitioners press acupressure points all over the body to stimulate energy and blood flow, often resulting in immediate pain and stress relief.

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What Do We Need to Practise Mindfulness?

Practicing mindfulness has shown to yield a number of mental and physical benefits, but to some it may seem a little daunting starting a practice which requires us to take a deep look at inner workings and decide what needs to change. On today’s blog we explain how you can begin practising mindfulness today with a couple of simple steps.

Willpower

First and foremost you really have to want to do it, otherwise you won’t be fully committed and will stop. Although willpower may not be a word you would expect to be associated with mindfulness, it does require patience, and willpower is necessary at times when you begin to doubt whether what you are doing is working.

Willpower in all areas of life is essential, with studies showing that people with more willpower lead happy and successful lives, and practicing mindfulness is no different. It takes time to become aware of your thought patterns and even longer to change so the key is not to get frustrated but to accept your habits of thought and know that recognising them is the first step to change, so you are on the right track!

Start small

Once you have committed to beginning mindfulness practice you have to start small. Like a tree, you first must plant a seed which in time, blossoms into something great and powerful. Like a tree we must weather the storm of our mind and see ourselves through the dark times and the light.

There’s always the risk of reading into something too much and worrying your not getting it right; with mindfulness, sometimes it’s best to just do it. This could be as simple as taking five minutes per day to find a quiet place, turn off your phone or computer, and sit in silence in reflection.

Be patient

Patience is a virtue, especially when it comes to mindfulness. When you exercise, you may get a rush of endorphins which improve your wellbeing. These instant effects let you know you’ve done something good for your body and mind.

Mindfulness however is a process and requires patience. Don’t expect instant satisfaction and give up before the results begin to show. The key is to cultivate patience, which is in itself a useful technique to develop.  Allow for times where we lose focus or don’t make time to practice, the most important thing is to be in it for the long run and in time it will become second nature.

Cultivating mindfulness can help you take the time to look at emotional issues and stresses and consider why they arise, which can help us become more aware of negative thoughts and what triggers them so to act more wisely and distance ourselves from our emotions. We will cover using mindfulness to remove negative emotions in an upcoming blog.

Qi Wellness

Qi Wellness is a unique well-being and alternative health centre in the heart of London. Drawing on Eastern philosophy, Qi Wellness practitioners offer holistic treatments and classes to help strengthen the body, as well as, improve emotional and mental wellbeing.

Following similar principles to acupuncture, but without using needles, the practitioners press acupressure points all over the body to stimulate energy and blood flow, often resulting in immediate pain and stress relief.

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How Forgiveness Can Change Your Life

Forgiveness can be a difficult process, whether its holding onto a grudge, feeling resentment or shouldering anger, but it’s important to consider how anger affects mental and physical health. Is it worth fixating over another person at the expense of your own happiness? On today’s blog we explain how cultivating forgiveness can bring long lasting benefits.

The issue with anger

Anger is in fact a response to protect ourselves. We feel that a part of us is threatened and in an attempt to stop ourselves from being hurt we react with anger. Behind all anger is sadness and as a defense mechanism we project this pain with anger in attempt to either stop someone from hurting us or threatening a part of you which is vulnerable.

There is a famous quote from Buddha “holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die” which is true in that those we are angry at can be completely unaffected by our anger whilst we feel incapacitated by our frustration. Anger is completely toxic to our system. Anger is held in the liver and when we become angry regularly and for long periods we burn up and produce too much heat in our liver, damaging it’s functions.

Forgiving ourselves and others

Approaching forgiveness as a two-step process, one aimed at forgiving others and the other at self-forgiveness, brings about the greatest improvement to our physical and mental health. In forgiving others we set ourselves free, as although we are releasing a bad feeling towards someone else, we actually free ourselves from the pain.

Sometimes we don’t forgive people as we only see things from our own perspective and in recognising someone else’s perspective is completely different from our own we can empathise and act with wisdom. This makes us stronger and more capable of dealing with any circumstance that comes our way.

Sometimes we get angry because we know we are in the wrong and are ashamed of the way we have acted. In this case anger stops us from feeling belittled and inferior to the person we have wronged. In forgiving ourselves for the way we have acted we release the pain and accept the reality so that we can apologise to others, repair relationships and allow ourselves to be happier!

If can help you reach your potential

Most of us have dreams and aspirations that we are aiming towards, but all too often when we hit bumps in the road and we tend to take know-backs personally. We needn’t come down too hard on ourselves, whilst it’s important to recognise the roots of negative thoughts, it’s equally important to be able to forgive yourself when you hit a snag.

Whilst there’s nothing wrong with constructive criticisms of one’s actions, being too critical can result in a lack of confidence and a lack of belief in what we can achieve as we don’t give ourselves any room to make mistakes. In doing so we never allow ourselves to learn from our errors and so shunning self-forgiveness is effectively limiting one’s potential.

Qi Wellness

Qi Wellness is a unique well-being and alternative health centre in the heart of London. Drawing on Eastern philosophy, Qi Wellness practitioners offer holistic treatments and classes to help strengthen the body, as well as, improve emotional and mental wellbeing.

Following similar principles to acupuncture, but without using needles, the practitioners press acupressure points all over the body to stimulate energy and blood flow, often resulting in immediate pain and stress relief.

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How to Stay Healthy Working in a Desk Job

It can be hard to keep active if you spend a large portion of your week sat at a desk, but there are steps you can take to ensure you offset the adverse effects of working in a job which often leave you immobile. Following on from a previous post, Improve Your Workday with Mindfulness, today we explain how you can take care of yourself physically throughout your workday.

Take a walk

Whilst it may be difficult to get away from your work, leaving your desk for a few minutes every hour can be hugely beneficial for our body and mind. It helps to release our mental and physical stresses and in a short walk we can recharge and ready ourselves again for work. The lunch hour is of course a good opportunity to get out of the office and into the outside world.

Also, fitting exercise into your daily commute is a great way to maximize your time. Research has shown that walking and cycling outweigh the risks from air pollution, which is all the more reason to get your body moving on the way to work!

Eat Healthily

Coffee is a hugely relied on by people to get them through the working day and although research has shown that coffee may provide certain health benefits, becoming reliant on caffeine to boost your energy levels isn’t particularly healthy, especially if you already work in a stressful environment. Try drinking plenty of water throughout the day, keeping hydrated will stop you feeling lethargic so will improve concentration and will help you feel capable of getting up and out of the office on your breaks.

In terms of nutrition, it can be easy to snack on junk food while you’re sitting at your desk. This is often because we crave sugar to boost our energy levels. To combat this you can simply decide which sweet foods you enjoy and replace them with unhealthy foods. Healthier snacks like nuts or fruits and vegetables will help keep you fuller for longer, making it less tempting to reach for an unhealthy snack. You can even make things exciting for yourself by creating smoothies and nut roasts!

Be mindful of your eyes

It is estimated that the average person blinks over 28,000 times each day but this number is dramatically reduced when staring at a computer screen. This can lead to dryness and irritation of the eyes as you are denying your body’s natural reflex.

You can literally force yourself to blink when staring at a screen to avoid this issue. Also, try keeping your computer screen at an arm’s length away from your eyes to reduce the intensity from the emitted light. If this distance makes it difficult for you to read the print on your computer, you can try increasing the font size.

Sit up straight

Hunched shoulders and an arched back are classics signs of poor posture. Not only can this cause serious lower back problems, but it is also believed that poor posture can bring your mood down too. With this in mind, it’s important to be mindful of your posture whilst you’re working away by recognising the key signs.

Qi Wellness

Qi Wellness is a unique well-being and alternative health centre in the heart of London. Drawing on Eastern philosophy, Qi Wellness practitioners offer holistic treatments and classes to help strengthen the body, as well as, improve emotional and mental wellbeing.

Following similar principles to acupuncture, but without using needles, the practitioners press acupressure points all over the body to stimulate energy and blood flow, often resulting in immediate pain and stress relief.

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Improve Your Workday with Mindfulness

Welcome back to the Qi Wellness blog. Mindfulness could be an effective solution to help you get through a busy day at work. Kimber Green, a meditation coach and speech pathologist, explains how you can build a mindfulness practice at work.

Deep breathing

Just one deep breathe is enough to lower your heart rate and blood pressure. “When you consciously bring focus onto your breath, you’ll begin to relax,” says Green. It only takes a couple of minutes to take 10 deep breaths, do this twice a day to the count of five on the inhale and five on the exhale.

Posture

By being mindful about poor posture you can re-position yourself into a healthy standing or sitting position which supports your frame and lower back as well as allowing energy to flow fluidly throughout your body. To do this, allow your shoulders to drop to beneath the neck and to sit comfortably at the side of your chest. Relax your jaw by stretching it wide open several times. “This helps open up space in your chest and diaphragm so that you can take calming, cleansing breaths,” explains Green.

Smile

Smiling can relax your whole body. “Physiologically, smiling brings awareness and almost everything else relaxes,” says Green. During the working day, especially at times when you feel stress building, take a short break and watch something funny and have a laugh with a co-worker. Not only will this lift your mood, but the mood of others around you, improving the working environment in general.

During you commute

This is a good time to find a process that works for you. If you walk to work, why not try an on-the-go meditation. This, coupled with the physical activity of walking, can be a great combination to help you de-stress. If you take public transport, use this time to practice mindfulness and re-prioritise your thoughts so that you have a positive outlook on the day ahead and on the return journey reflect on what you enjoyed about the day, rather than focusing on the frustrations or difficulties you have experienced. This way your difficulties will be lessened and you can start enjoying more aspects of your work.

Qi Wellness

Qi Wellness is a unique well-being and alternative health centre in the heart of London. Drawing on Eastern philosophy, Qi Wellness practitioners offer holistic treatments and classes to help strengthen the body, as well as, improve emotional and mental wellbeing.

Following similar principles to acupuncture, but without using needles, the practitioners press acupressure points all over the body to stimulate energy and blood flow, often resulting in immediate pain and stress relief.

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Acupressure Series no.3: Four Points Which Improve Concentration and Memory

Previous posts in our Acupressure Series have touched upon the benefits of acupressure for nausea and shoulder pain. On today’s blog we move away from ailments and explain how stimulating various acupressure points on your body can help improve concentration, memory and other aspects of cognitive function.

Third Eye Point

Accessing the third eye point can also help improve your concentration and memory. This point is located directly between the eyebrows, where the forehead and bridge of the nose meet. Apply gently pressure to this point for 3-4 minutes. Repeating it 2-3 times per day can help you feel uplifted and clear your mind.

Bigger Rushing Point

This particular energy point is located where the bones of big toe and second toe meet. Apply gently pressure to this point on both feet for 3-4 minutes. This can be repeated up to 5 times per day for best results. Stimulation of this point has been shown to encourage clarity of thought, focus and memory.

Sun Point

The sun point is located in the depression of the temple, around one and a half inches from each side of the eyebrows. Again, apply gently pressure on both points simultaneously for about 3 minutes. This process can be repeated 4-5 times thoughout the day. Not only will stimulating this energy point improve concentration and focus, but will also relieve stress and relax the mind and body.

Three Mile Point

The Three Mile Point is located two inches below the kneecap and one centimeter away from your shinbone. To find this point, place your index and middle finger on the shinbone and move your foot up and down. You should be able to feel the tibialis anterior muscle flexing and this is where the energy point is located. With the same fingers press this point for 5 minutes. This pressure point will strengthen your mind and body while gaining mental clarity.

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Qi Wellness

Qi Wellness is a unique well-being and alternative health centre in the heart of London. Drawing on Eastern philosophy, Qi Wellness practitioners offer holistic treatments and classes to help strengthen the body, as well as, improve emotional and mental wellbeing.
Following similar principles to acupuncture, but without using needles, the practitioners press acupressure points all over the body to stimulate energy and blood flow, often resulting in immediate pain and stress relief.

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How to Recognise the Roots of Negative Thoughts

Often we can be drawn into negative thinking without realising. This can be an act of self-protection or as a means to justify our behavior. It takes courage to think positively as it means we have to remain open-minded and have the space to accept a person or situation that challenges us.

This allows us to find solutions to our problems rather than getting stuck and overwhelmed by our issues. Through this process and the effort that we make to overcome negative thoughts we can develop greater wisdom and find happiness more frequently.

What causes negative thinking?

Negative thought patterns can be rooted in our experiences as children when we were unable to understand and process our circumstances. We also inherit patterns of thought from our family. You may be able to recognise patterns within your family passed down between generations.

Our brain works in a series of thought patterns, which essentially act as a form of programming that has been indented in our neural network. Patterns of thought are formed over time and become more fixed the longer we follow them. If our brain supports a pattern of negative thinking, then we may find that our thoughts are interpreted with a negative slant. In this case our subconscious mind (the part of the mind which is not fully aware but which influences one’s actions and feelings) is in the habit of viewing reality in a negative manner.

These subconscious thought patterns are always influencing our conscious mind and if we are not aware of them then they constantly influence our behavior. It is only when we become aware and make a conscious, concerted and consistent effort to think differently that we begin the process of removing negative patterns of thought and replacing them with positive ones.

How do you prevent subconscious negativity?

We have previously explained how you can manage negative thoughts with mindfulness, and perhaps the first and most important aspect of this is to take a step back from your thoughts. This allows you to become more aware of the subconscious negative patterns and what triggers them.

Once you become aware of them, you can work towards dis-identifying and dis-believing them. The key is to keep thinking positive thoughts about yourself and your life. These thoughts will soon become subconscious in your brain and will become more prevalent as opposed to negative ones. Your external world reflects your inner world and once you start changing your perspective from within, your perspective from the outside changes in due course.

Qi Wellness

Qi Wellness is a unique well-being and alternative health centre in the heart of London. Drawing on Eastern philosophy, Qi Wellness practitioners offer holistic treatments and classes to help strengthen the body, as well as, improve emotional and mental wellbeing.

Following similar principles to acupuncture, but without using needles, the practitioners press acupressure points all over the body to stimulate energy and blood flow, often resulting in immediate pain and stress relief.

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5 Meditation Myths That Shouldn’t Hold You Back

Mindfulness and meditation don’t necessarily have to take place on a silent retreat or even in a studio. They can be brought into our every day life to fit around our commitments. You may not be able to find time to spend meditating on your own but succeeding at meditation is to be mindful at times when we may otherwise be unaware of our thoughts.

This really is the whole point of meditation as Jeff Cannon, a New York City-based meditation teacher, explains: “It’s a breakthrough moment when you’re in a taxi and you can find a meditative space.”

Cannon takes these ancient practices and applies them to the hectic, modern day lifestyle. Speaking to www.wellandgood.com, Cannon has shared his top five meditation myths that he finds are holding people back.

Clear your mind of all thoughts

This misconception can often lead to frustration in beginners and ultimately cause people to give up before they’ve really gotten started. Furthermore, this belief is actually counter to the purpose of meditation. Meditation simple allows you to take a step back from your thoughts and really understand what’s going on in your mind, not empty your mind of thoughts entirely.

“If a thought simply will not leave, simply smile at it, accept it, and turn your meditation into a contemplation. Follow that thought through its permutations, until it is done and you can let it go,” explains Cannon, adding, “how do you think the idea of contemplation came about in the first place?”

You have to get it ‘right’

For instance, many people think that it has to last a specific amount of time, or has to be done at a certain time of the day, every day in the same location. “They think, ‘I have to do it just perfectly or I won’t get the value,’” Cannon says.

“Relax, it is just meditation. You cannot break it, so do not hold onto it so tightly. Be gentle with yourself.” Furthermore, don’t let yourself get stressed out about: “I’ve met more people who are stressed out by their meditation practice than I can tell you,” reveals Cannon.

You need perfect posture

You can perform meditation even if you can’t maintain a straight back. “One of my students had scoliosis and told me, ‘I didn’t think I could meditate because I couldn’t have a straight back.’ It almost brought tears to my eyes,” Cannon says.

If you can achieve perfect posture, then of course you should maintain that and energy flows better through the body with a straight back and good posture. Cannon describes this as a tree: feet planted like roots, firmly in the ground, with your body like the trunk, reaching toward the sky. “But if you can’t do that, it’s okay to be a bramble. Your legs are still the roots, your head still reaches up for the sky — you don’t have to be this straight, perfect oak,” he explains. Even if we can’t hold the ideal posture it’s okay, you can still practice meditation.

You must sit still

This is another myth that can actually be detrimental to your efforts. “The important thing is not your seat, it’s not the position of your legs, it’s your breath,” he notes. “Just say, ‘this is no big issue. Let me just straighten out my leg and let me get back to it.’”

You have to meditate in silence

“If there is a distracting sound, treat it like a thought. Acknowledge it, label it, and let it go. Let it fade into that wonderful cacophony that is the reality of the world we live in today,” Cannon says. As mentioned at the beginning, this is about realism. You’re not always going to be able to find that quiet space, so instead of letting it frustrate you, accept it as part of your practice and allow it increase your focus. Once you can do this, you know that you are truly meditating.

Qi Wellness

Qi Wellness is a unique well-being and alternative health centre in the heart of London. Drawing on Eastern philosophy, Qi Wellness practitioners offer holistic treatments and classes to help strengthen the body, as well as, improve emotional and mental wellbeing.

Following similar principles to acupuncture, but without using needles, the practitioners press acupressure points all over the body to stimulate energy and blood flow, often resulting in immediate pain and stress relief.

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3 Simple Activities That are Great for the Mind

People are increasingly making more of a concerted effort to take care of their physical health; gyms are hugely popular and more and more people are introducing physical activity into their every day lives. Taking care of our physical health is, in part, taking care of our minds but it doesn’t end there. We have to make a conscious effort to watch and consider our patterns of thought in ensuring we keep a positive attitude. This is done internally but there are activities we can participate in which also help our minds without having to be constantly mindful of our thoughts.

Sudoku

Sudoku can take time to learn and requires mental acuity to succeed. However, it’s well worth the persistence as it has been shown to stimulate synapses, improve memory and reduce stress. Activities like Sudoku can also be useful in that they require focus which takes practice, but the focus we learn in doing Sudoka can be implemented in other areas of our life. It helps us to be more present and improves concentration.  It’s also a great idea for someone looking for something to challenge their brain!

Aromatherapy

Plant and herb extracts such as lavender have been shown to improve one’s ability to sleep as well as relieving stress. The best scents to de-stress are considered to be the following: ylang ylang, sandalwood, lavender, chamomile, and frankincense. Making tea with and consuming herbs can also be very beneficial to the body as they detoxify our system. A clearer system improves our overall wellbeing as it also allows for a clearer mind.

Acupressure

In recent blogs we have written about the benefits of acupressure for easing shoulder pain and nausea but acupressure is also great for the mind in that it helps to remove tension and stress in the head which can cause an overactive mind. By removing physical blockages in the head, acupressure allows for a clearer mind where we can have more control of our thoughts and our emotions. Acupressure has also been shown to help with sleeping difficulties and insomnia. There are even reports of people with fibromyalgia, heart disease, and cerebral palsy finding solace in acupressure to help them sleep.

Qi Wellness

Qi Wellness is a unique well-being and alternative health centre in the heart of London. Drawing on Eastern philosophy, Qi Wellness practitioners offer holistic treatments and classes to help strengthen the body, as well as, improve emotional and mental wellbeing.

Following similar principles to acupuncture, but without using needles, the practitioners press acupressure points all over the body to stimulate energy and blood flow, often resulting in immediate pain and stress relief.

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How to Manage Negative Thoughts with Mindfulness

Mindfulness is being aware. The first step to mindfulness is simply noticing one’s habit of thought. At first it may be slightly concerning once we realise how regularly we can slip into negative patterns of thinking but the most important thing to do is to not pass judgment. Neither see them as good nor bad, or get emotional about them, just take a step back and observe. It is not a bad thing to see our negativity, it is part of being human and having the courage to face ourselves is one of life’s greatest challenges.

Take a step back from your thoughts

Literally, we can take a step back in our minds and watch our thoughts, recognising what triggers negative patterns and in doing so we can begin to determine what the root cause of them is. We are also able to see when it is we react positively and this gives us satisfaction to notice the beauty of our character.

The first step is to identify the type of negative thought, which can be worry, sadness, resentment, frustration, a many number of things. What’s important is to realise that these thoughts are not facts. For example, if you’re worried about giving a bad job interview, it is important to recognise that it has not happened yet and so you are still in control of the outcome. Bringing yourself back from your concern and envisioning being confident, assertive and clear will help you be so in the situation.

Be mindful of the present moment

Most negative thoughts have their roots in the past or present, meaning that we tend to dwell on things that have already happened or fear what may or may not happen in the future. By ruminating on negative thoughts we tend to lose touch with the present moment.

It’s important to step out of your thinkng and re-direct your attention on the here and now – give the present moment your undivided attention. To do this, observe and take note of the physical environment around you. Whether you’re at home, in your office or travelling on a train, if you feel negative thoughts washing over you, re-focus on where you are and what it is you are doing. Even feeling the floor beneath with your feet will help you feel grounded and present.

Cultivate constructive thoughts

Once you find yourself able to step away from negative thoughts you can begin to work on building constructive thoughts. Constructive thinking allows you to put problems in perspective and deal with them in a practical way meaning that negative thoughts still exist, but you are able to recognise, accept and deal with them, rather than being consumed by them.

So if we feel we are resentful of another person for something they possess which you don’t then stop, accept the thought, then put it into perspective by considering the things you do have which you are grateful for.

Qi Wellness

Qi Wellness is a unique well-being and alternative health centre in the heart of London. Drawing on Eastern philosophy, Qi Wellness practitioners offer holistic treatments and classes to help strengthen the body, as well as, improve emotional and mental wellbeing.

Following similar principles to acupuncture, but without using needles, the practitioners press acupressure points all over the body to stimulate energy and blood flow, often resulting in immediate pain and stress relief.