Ged Sumner is a practising craniosacral therapist and Chi Kung teacher.
He has also studied shiatsu, healing and attachment based psychoanalytical psychotherapy.
He is Director of the College of Elemental Chi Kung.
His new book You Are How You Move: Experiential Chi Kung has just been published by Singing Dragon.
How and when did you first become interested in Chi Kung?
When I was 25 I went to a class by a Chinese Chi Kung master in London and was completely blown away.
The movements were like nothing I had seen before and the energy was remarkable. I could instantly see it was an amazing mix of exercise, meditation, and subtle energy.
Since then I have been studying with different people, learning more about it, practicing and teaching it.
What is experiential Chi Kung?
The art of deepening into chi is to become skilled at being body and chi aware.
You have got to experience what's within the movement forms so that you deepen into a body sensation and a chi field state. You feel chi, you don't think it or have an idea of it.
What will people gain from using the Chi Kung methods described in your book and what kind of people will benefit from them?
Everyone will benefit.
Regular practice if only for a short time will bring greater vitality, more suppleness in the body and greater stamina and mental focus. When you practice them a lot you can overcome illness, transform your mind and your whole approach to life and become much more attuned to your life's purpose and the subtle forces and movements within nature.
What or who most inspires you?
People who are using their energy, skills and resources to make a difference in the world today by creating greater awareness of the need to live a life in attunement to our environment.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time (other than Chi Kung)?
I like driving my tractor around my land. I like taking my kids to the beach. I like cooking.
(c) Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2010
This interview was first published in the Singing Dragon Newsletter in May 2009
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