Evaluating the effectiveness of Zhineng Qigong on emotional and behavioural difficulties in the school environment: Pilot study results
by Mauro Lugano
Mauro Lugano is a proficient and dedicated Qi Gong and Tai Ji Quan teacher, born in Argentina who currently lives in Slovenia together with his wife and son. He also studies and practices manual healing therapies. He is passionate about nature and enjoys serving and supporting his students and patients.
As I understand it, the meaning of Gong (工) as in QiGong (氣功) is the unification of Earth and Sky through an upright being. That’s the role we as humans can fulfil if we work whole heartedly and disciplined to become aware of the patterns in our own development and train the skills to master our true nature.
Evaluating the effectiveness of Zhineng Qigong on emotional and behavioural difficulties in the school environment: Pilot study results – abstract of this talk
Use and practice of various Qi Gong techniques have been found beneficial in both, medical and other settings. Therefore, we decided to implement the Zhineng Qigong intervention programme in the school environment, teaching the students and teachers different techniques with the intention to reduce some of the emotional, behavioural, and interpersonal problems. Twenty-nine primary school students aged eight and eleven were included in the pilot study. They, their teachers, and their parents filled in the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire SDQ before and three months after the Zhineng Qigong intervention. Results show small to moderate decrease in emotional symptoms, conduct problems, hyperactivity, and peer problems and an increase in prosocial behaviour; although not all changes were noticeable to all the informants. Even though our pilot study is limited due to lack of an appropriate control group, research results indicate the Zhineng Qigong could represent a tool for improvement of psychophysical well-being, conduct, and social relationships among students and teachers of the primary school. Further research is needed to support our initial findings.
Keywords: Zhineng Qigong, primary school students, learning environment, health, well-being, emotional and behavioural difficulties.
Saturday 29 August 2020, 16h30 – 18h00:
Practice Session with Mauro Lugano
Playing KungFu: Playful interweaving of QiGong in a child’s world
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