Being grounded can reduce stress levels, encourage relaxation and reduced recovery time after exercise

Earth represents physical and emotional strength and stability

Chi Running teaches a progression in your practice following the five elements found throughout Chinese philosophy – earth, water, fire, air and space.

Earth represents physical and emotional strength and stability. There are numerous health benefits when we are physically connected to the earth enabling the transfer of electrons from the ground into the body. Mounting evidence suggests that the earth’s negative potential can create a stable internal bioelectrical environment for the normal functioning of all body systems.

Research supports the idea that earthing the human body by either walking outside barefoot or indoors connected to a grounding system can reduce overall stress levels, help the body to relax and improve recovery time after exercise*.

I believe this to be one of the reasons why people benefit so much from  retreats. Chi Running retreats focus on reconnection and re-energising of mind and body not only internally but also externally with the environment. Chi Running retreats offer the perfect opportunity to spend time outdoors, connected to the earth which is as essential to health as sunshine, clean air and water, nutritious food, and physical activity.

Click here to check out our upcoming Chi Running Retreats this autumn and winter on the Costa Brava, Assisi Italy and Cornwall.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3265077/#!po=0.769231

Chi Honours – a Race to the Stones

A massive big Chi Honour to Rachel Masser who has just completed the Race to the Stones 100km trail race and finished second lady!

Rachel has been running for 25 years and always enjoys the freedom it gives. She has run competitively at county level in road, cross country and fell events. After completing several marathons she decided to try the challenge of ultra races.

Rachel, from Woodstock in Oxfordshire, is currently training to be a Chi Running Instructor and aims to be fully qualified by the autumn.

“My Chi Running journey has certainly helped me to enjoy my running more, and to run for hours and hours in a relaxed yet focussed state. I am now looking forward to helping people experience the fluidity of motion that Chi Running brings.”

Rachel will be getting her first taste of teaching Chi Running, assisting at a Chi Running and Yoga 1-day workshop in Oxfordshire in September.