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Meditation & Qi Gong
Member since
Jan 2006

Freedom Chinese Medicine

Contact Name Dr. Elaine Hickman
Phone 03 9486 5954
Address 261 Waterdale Rd
Ivanhoe VIC 3079
Servicing Areas Everywhere!

Improve your emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing the natural way, when you organise your next professional Meditation or Qi Gong session at Freedom Chinese Medicine in Ivanhoe. Group classes & workshops are also available

Freedom Chinese Medicine - Meditation & Qi Gong


Meditation is simply the experience of the limitless nature of the mind when it ceases to be domineered by chatter. The mind can be naturally calm, clear and serene.

Meditation has been practiced in many cultures for thousands of years. Modern science is now discovering just how beneficial meditation is for our mental and physical health.

Thoughts and emotions are linked to our everyday lives. With meditative skills, emotions can simply pass through the mind, allowing us to discover a sense of unity and connection with ourselves, others and nature. We become more aware, more sensitive and more accepting.


  • Calm the mind
  • Relax
  • Gain mental clarity
  • Reduce heart rate
  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Reduce metabolic rate
  • Improve sleep
  • Promote circulation
  • Become more tolerant
  • Enhanced ability to cope with stressors in daily life
  • Greater acceptance of self and others

Here are some research about the benefits of meditation:

Massage and pain

Massage and sleep



Most meditation classes include a variety of techniques such as body awareness, breath awareness, counting the breath, using mantras, guided meditation, relaxation techniques, stillness practice, and the use of candlelight and sound.

A variety of styles are on offer to help you find one that suits you.


The classes are suitable for all levels of ability and experience. A sacred space is created to facilitate a deep experience of meditation.

Our Meditation teachers are highly trained, accredited and experienced.

Remember that it is normal to take some time when learning to meditate. The objective of meditation is to disclose the Self within by peeling away what obstructs it. Know that it is a subtle process so patience helps!

It is not about right or wrong technique, it is natural for the mind to wander during beginner’s meditation. With practice, your mind will become calmer, stiller and you will be more serene.


We currently offer Qi Gong classes only (which has a meditative component). Please contact us to express your interest in a meditation class, if there is enough demand we will recommence them..

Qi Gong

Qi Gong is an ancient form of energy cultivation and circulation

Qi Gong is an ancient art, which is thought to have given birth to many of the Chinese sciences, such as Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Herbalism.

The word Qi Gong simply translates as “Energy Work”. Qi Gong is a way to cultivate and circulate internal energy.

Qi Gong is similar to Yoga and Tai Chi in that it involves postures, movements, breathing and meditation for healing and health promotion.

Qi Gong is unique in that it is more energy and movement focused than most forms of Yoga, and does not involve holding difficult postures. Qi Gong science is the foundation from which Tai Chi was developed, the focus is on fundamental well-being and self-healing.

At last count, there were over 450 forms of Qi Gong being taught in China. It is generally said that it has five major schools, Medical, Martial arts, Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian. Another way Qi Gong is classified is into Active and Passive Qi Gong – the latter being mainly still postures emphasising meditation.

Benefits of Qi Gong

2017 study showed that Baduanjin Qigong practice is beneficial for:

  • Quality of Life
  • Sleep Quality
  • Balance
  • Handgrip Strength
  • Trunk Flexibility
  • Blood Pressure
  • Resting Heart Rate.

Here are some more research articles about the potential benefits of Qi Gong practice:

Managing Stress & Anxiety

Physical Health Benefits

Qigong For Fibromyaglia

Upcoming Qi Gong events:

New Term Tuesday Nights

Commences Tuesday the 11th June

7.30pm- 8.30pm

Runs for 8 weeks

Beginners & casuals welcome

$160 or $22 per casual class

Bring a friend & receive $10 of your class fee.

In this class you will learn movement, breathing & stillness exercises.  Booking essential.

David Shepherd is super experienced & will be teaching this class.

Click here to read more about the instructor.

Medical Qi Gong Workshop

Sunday the 16th June

9.30am – 4.30pm

Join Dr. Elaine Hickman in this 1 day workshop & reap the benefits for a day, a week or years potentially. 

Cost: $197 or $177 concession


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