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About Laura

Laura Ichajapanich

MSc Chinese Medicine, ​Dip Tuina, BA (Hons), PGCE, MBAcC, MBCCMA

I grew up in Asia where one morning at dawn I saw a little old lady moving in a slow, calculated and meditative way in the observatory park in Bangkok. My father explained that she was practicing to walk on the moon. This was my first experience of Taijiquan, a captivating part of yangsheng or the “nourishing life” toolkit of East Asian Medicine.

Twenty years later whilst working as an editor in London I came across a book on Taiji (Tai Chi) and decided to join a class. I was mentored by my first teacher James Drewe and began teaching. In 2006 I visited Beijing with the Longfei Taijiquan Association of Great Britian to train with Longfei (“Flying Dragon”) Professor Li Deyin, a leading teacher of Yang-style taijiquan in China. We also travelled to Wudang Mountain, where the legendary monk Zhang Sanfeng, watching a crane and snake fighting, was inspired to create the Taiji form.

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My taiji took a new path when I met Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang at a seminar in London. I pursued the serious discipline of developing the internal energetic reeling of Chen style, training regularly with Kinthissa in the UK and Italy and Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang and later his son Chen Yingjun in the UK. In 2012 I travelled across China to train with Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang in Chenjiagou (Chen village), the accepted birthplace of Taiji where around 300 years ago Chen Wangting created this internal martial art to maintain his health.

Through Longfei I was introduced to Dao Yin Yangsheng Gong, a system of medical Qigong created by Professor Zhang Guangde and his lead disciple Professor Hu Xiaofei who is my current teacher. Practicing these exercises awakened my interest in the medical aspect of these exercises and lead to my Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine at London South Bank University.

My aunt, aged 85, practicing an exercise to strengthen the legs and return the energy to the kidney

My aunt, aged 85, practicing an exercise to strengthen the legs and return the energy to the kidney

As part of the course I returned to China to spend five months as a student in the neurology, gynaecology, oncology and tuina clinics of the Heilongjiang University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Harbin. It was incredible to see these great doctors (trained in both Western and Chinese medicine) treating up to 200 patients a day with around 12 students assisting and learning first hand and how conditions such as Bell’s Palsy, infertility, frozen shoulder could all be treated through acupuncture.

I also seized the opportunity to make my first visit to my father’s birthplace in Shantou, Guangdong Province in the south where I met my uncle, the youngest of the three brothers and his wife my aunt for the first and last time. My uncle had Lung cancer in the 70s and through Western treatment and Chinese medicine lived into his 90s. His wife often caught colds. Aged 60 she went to Hong Kong for a few months and she learned a type of boxing called Liutongquan, and kept practicing every day. Her health improved and until the day she died in 2019 she rarely got sick.

Moving Qi

So in 2013, drawing on my history and experience in Chinese Medical and Martial arts, I set up Moving Qi to help people engage in their health through yangsheng (“nourishing life”).

Moving Qi provides the following therapies:

  • Toyohari acupuncture (“East Asian needling technique” – a subtle style of Japanese meridian therapy to rebalance qi in the body and restore health)
  • Tuina (Chinese medical massage)
  • Taiji (Tai Chi – soft, internal martial art – mediation in movement)
  • Qigong (gentle exercises based on Traditional Chinese medicine)

Treatments

Book Acupuncture or Tuina
in Covent Garden or Waterloo

Classes

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