Meet Nia

Why QiGong - My Story

While there is nothing more important than your story, you might be wondering about my story and why I believe so strongly in QiGong.

In 1989, Memorial Day weekend, I was in a major car accident. Twice before that and twice after, I was also rear-ended resulting in whiplash 5 times plus other injuries from the accident in 1989.

For over 18 years, I lived with chronic pain.


Pain so severe at times I wished I could remove half of my body just to get rid of the pain.

Pain so severe, I could never get comfortable and get a good night's sleep.

Migraines that made me curl up in bed and wish the world would go away.

Getting up from bed so stiff I could barely move and difficulty going up and down stairs.

In 2007, my first foray into QiGong was Spring Forest QiGong. I love Spring Forest. The movements are easy and gentle, but more than that, as I practiced and focused on the Qi, I was able to start feeling the Qi. 

Something I believed in but western thinking (and people I know) believed didn't exist was really tangible.

In late 2007, I began seeing Dr. Aihan Kuhn for acupuncture. She encouraged me to try QiGong.


The New England School of Tai Chi was having a training program in May of 2008. I decided to take that program for myself, as well as, because I wanted to share the wonder of QiGong with others.


The amazing thing that happened is after completing the training, I went on to practice for an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon because I wanted to know it inside and out to be able to teach others effectively. 

I became aware sometime early in 2009, that my chronic pain had disappeared. I could move more easily and do things I hadn't been able to do for almost 20 years.

It was this miracle in my life that makes me such a strong advocate for the healing power of QiGong.

The QiGong I was certified to teach is Lian Gong Shi Ba Fa. It was developed in China by Zhuang Yuan Ming, who was a trauma doctor, but also a martial arts master and doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Lian Gong was developed to help the body heal from trauma. It was just what I needed to heal my body from the trauma it experienced in multiple car accidents.

I start everyone with learning Lian Gong before moving on to other styles of QiGong.

I have not been certified to teach Spring Forest, so I do not formally offer it. I do, however, incorporate principles from Spring Forest into the QiGong I teach.

Spring Forest also teaches healing QiGong which I also studied. These are external energy techniques to promote healing in a body.

Since childhood, I have believed in the body's ability to heal itself and have used herbs for more than 40 years.

My personal self healing philosophy meshes better with eastern healing traditions than western medicine.

QiGong is one part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture and herbs are the other two legs that make up the triad healing modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

I have been certified in Energy Kinesiology utilizing the body's meridian and chakra systems to balance the energy in the body.

Working with the energy body, using herbs and the regular practice of QiGong are three things everyone can learn to do to stay healthy, fit and feel young.

On this website, you can ........

  • Learn about QiGong

  • Practice QiGong in the Members Area - there are FREE and Paid options to choose from

  • Choose to work with me personally one-on-one

  • Choose to get involved in a group class

  • Participate in Groups and the Forum

I hope your exploration and journey into QiGong becomes as fulfilling for you as mine has been for me.

I look forward to being your guide on your journey....................            Antonia








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