Qigong Somatic Movement Therapy Edmonton

Qigong Somatic Movement Therapy in Edmonton

Qigong Somatic Movement Therapy in Edmonton


Qigong (pronounced “chee-gong”) is an ancient somatic movement practice offered by Red Leaf Wellness that improves health and cultivates energy and resilience in the Edmonton area.

Our clinic blends modern Western medicine with ancient Eastern healing to provide whole health, functional, and alternative medicine strategies.

Qigong is a Chinese practice that dates more than 4,000 years! Various forms of Qigong have been passed down through generations, with some originating during the Song Dynasty (960-1279).

Because of its popularity and longevity, Qigong has been studied by health researchers as a form of health intervention.

Keep reading to learn more about the Qigong services offered by Red Leaf Wellness

What is Qigong?

Qigong uses tools to improve health and is characterized by slow movements, meditation, natural breathing, and gentle stretching and movement. It balances energy flow and brings the body, breath, and mind into harmony.

Many of the movements involved in Qigong are derived from the movements of nature, paying close attention to how nature responds to changing cycles and conditions and how we can move in harmonious ways through the seasons of life.

The exercises are easy to learn and effective in staying healthy, preventing illness, and treating chronic and pain-related conditions.

You can learn the exercises on your own or join our expert practitioner, who can guide you through the moves and ensure a positive impact on your health, longevity, and wellbeing!

What Does a Qigong Session Look Like?

During a Qigong class, the practitioner will guide you through meditation and breathing exercises, alongside a series of gentle, smooth movements that are low-impact and suitable for all abilities and restrictions.

Some movements may be seated, while others are done from a standing position.

During this practice, as your breath deepens, you may feel enlivened, calm, tingling, coolness, warmth, or vibration. Being in a class, you’ll also likely experience greater clarity, inspiration, and energy levels around you, helping to increase positive energy and alignment within you, while releasing any stagnation.

Sessions are relaxing and rejuvenating while supporting mental clarity and emotional balance.

Qigong assists in healing and helps to sustain health and well-being, and prevent disease. Medical Qigong, or “Daoyin,” exercises involve flowing movements and meditations to cultivate health and energy balance. it could be considered a movement meditation or movement as medicine.

Medical Qigong for Health Restoration and Enhancement

At Red Leaf Wellness, our Qigong practitioner offers a variety of exercise programs such as Eight Pieces of Brocade, Meridian Stretches, Six Healing Sounds, Body Meditation, Crane Qigong, the Microcosmic Orbit, Five Element, and Women’s Qigong exercises.

The Eight Pieces of Brocade are among the most practiced Qigong exercises and are ideal for Qigong beginners. This low-impact exercise has remarkable effects, and anyone can practice it at home in as little as 10-20 minutes.

During our instructions, you will receive a handout so that you can repeat the sequence independently.

The Eight Pieces of Brocade sequence is composed of eight gentle breathing exercises, stretching, and strengthening movements that cultivate a quiet mind, natural breathing, and abundant energy.

Contact Red Leaf Wellness to learn more about our Qigong exercise programs.

The Benefits of Qigong

Clients often experience significant stress reduction and an overall sense of calm when it comes to Qigong. Qigong can help you cultivate, nourish, and regulate energy while developing a state of flow and vitality.

Qigong exercises can also improve your alignment, posture, and body awareness as well as regulate the nervous system and reduce muscle tension.

Here are some of the other amazing benefits you can enjoy from Qigong:

  • Physical, emotional, and mental balance
  • Better sleep and digestion
  • Improved hormonal and metabolic balance
  • Improved immune system function

Incorporating the principles of Qigong into your life can help you experience greater happiness and longevity!

What Conditions Does Qigong Address?

Scientific research has shown that Qigong can be helpful and effective for those suffering from pain-related conditions such as fibromyalgia, COPD, Parkinson’s disease, and cancer.

Qigong can also be used to support individuals with depression, anxiety, and stress by naturally reducing symptoms without medication or treatment.

For seniors and those with physical challenges, Qigong exercises have been shown to help improve balance and prevent falls.

Are You Ready to Nourish Your Mind, Body, and Spirit?

Qigong aims to create a balance between mind, body, and soul to restore vitality and reduce pain.

Qigong exercises are graceful, elegant, and an essential method for cultivating energy. They are considered one of the gentlest forms of exercise that notably improves well-being and mental and physical fitness.

If you’re ready to give it a try or have any questions about this practice, please contact our skilled team of practitioners at Red Leaf Wellness.

You can contact us directly or schedule your class online.

Specialists on our Team:

Manuela Hofer, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist, Somatic Movement Therapist & Qigong Instructor

Manuela Hofer

Position: Craniosacral Therapy, Qigong, Student Massage
Categories: Biodynamic Cranial Sacral Therapy, Cardiovascular Health, Chronic Pain, Digestive Health, Emotional Health, Massage Therapy, Movement and Energy, Neurological Health, PTSD, Qigong Somatic Movement, Relaxation Massage, Respiratory Health, Somatic Movement Education, Stress, Women's Health

Massage Therapy Pressure Scale 3-5Manuela creates a safe space for her clients to rest and restore. She supports the body through gentle Craniosacral touch to release held tensions and constrictions and to re-orient towards health. Bringing the system naturally back into balance and vitality.

Manuela has the gift to support her clients to come into a deeper relationship with their bodies and the Intelligence embedded in it. Her gentle approach to movement and healing touch invites relaxation, sensitivity, and energy flow. The modalities she works with; Qigong and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, deeply acknowledge our physical, mental, and emotional interconnections.

Manuela grew up in Germany where she received advanced training in Somatic Movement Therapy, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Dance, and Qigong. She taught rhythm and developmental movement classes, including workshops for early childhood educators, as well as Qigong and Somatic Movement Education for adults. Manuela knows the body from the inside out and is inspired by the healing effect of the methods she teaches. Her practice evolved over the years, blending movement skills with therapeutic techniques. These learnings have led to a more integrated, holistic approach where sensitive hands are used to discover and release nerve, tissue, and orthopedic movement restrictions and support healing from within.



  • Somatic Movement Therapist (SMT), Moving On Center, Oakland, USA
  • Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist (BCST), BodyIntelligence, Canada
  • Qigong Instructor Certification (ASS Institute, Germany)
  • Training in Continuum Movement (USA)
  • Registered Massage Therapy – Presently a second year student (Reflexacademy, Sherwood Park)  


  • RBCST, Pacific Association of Craniosacral Therapists (PACT)
Manuela Hofer, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist, Somatic Movement Therapist & Qigong Instructor
Craniosacral Therapy, Qigong, Student Massage

Manuela Hofer

Manuela creates a safe space for her clients to rest and...

Upcoming Class Details:

Single Class Pass: $25
6-Class Pack: $120
Early bird pricing for 6-Class Pack: $99!!*

*For a limited time only.
Space is limited, so pre-registration is required. Buying a package ensures your place in each class.

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Monthly Qigong & Somatic Movement Series – First Saturday of each month at 9:00am from March to August 2023 (6 Classes)

Somatic Movement and Qigong – Restore and Rejuvenate

Body and movement meditations, that offer simple self-help tools to stay in-tune and deepen the connection to your body. Classes invite room for exploration and the joy to move, while releasing held tensions, and supporting energy-balance and inherent fluidity.

1) Constructive Rest -release held tension, rest and realign.

A very effective self-help tool for anyone who wants a simple, practical way to release excess tension, quiet the mind, and deepen body awareness.

2) Joints – Qigong for healthy joints

Keep your joints mobile by learning ways to hydrate and mobilize your joints with gentle movement and body meditation.

3) Qigong for the heart and summer, and introduction to crane Qigong.

4) Soothing the Vagus Nerve, and harmonizing body and mind with sound and vibration.

5) Eyes – release eye strain, and keep them fluid with Qigong.

6) Micro-movements and “flow states” – regeneration for the spine, core, and pelvis.

Crane Qigong – Weekly Wednesday Evenings at 6:30pm from May 17 – June 21, 2023 (6 Classes)

& other Qigong practices for the heart and preparing for the Summer season.

The crane is a symbol of meditative stillness and longevity. The crane forms in Qigong invite our spirits to feel light and lifted, while cultivating and drawing from deep roots in the ground.

This simple Qigong practice feels light, relaxed, and excellent for the heart. It comprises six movement sequences that can be carried out as a set form. They have a calming, nurturing and balancing effect with a slow and steady rhythm. This harmonizes and conditions the circulatory and respiratory systems while creating a moving meditation that helps to quiet the mind and steady the heart.

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Terms and Conditions:

The number of participants per class is limited and classes must meet a threshold of three (3) participants enrolled in order to run, so advanced class registration is required.

Promotional packages may be transferred or refunded up until 48 hrs prior to the first registered class in a series. No transfers or refunds may be processed for packages once the series has begun. All eligible refunds will be processed less a cancellation fee of $30.

Single class passes are transferrable up until 48 hrs prior to the registered class, but are always final sale and as such, are non-refundable.

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