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John Russell


John before learning Qi Gong, 1999
John before learning Qi Gong, 1999
John after learning Qi Gong, 2001
John after learning Qi Gong, 2001

My name is John Russell and I am 52 years old. I am a Program Manager for a non-profit agency that provides housing and support services to people that are homeless and have a mental illness. As well, I am a Chartered Herbalist and am the owner of a company that grows and sells organic medicinal herbs.

For the past ten years, I have suffered from lower back and shoulder pain. The muscle spasms were so severe that I was flat on my back for weeks and was unable to work. During this time, I tried various medications and physical therapy. While these methods did bring me some relief, the problem continued to reoccur every few months.

For the past two years I have been learning qigong and receiving back treatments from Master Wu. My back and shoulder has improved significantly. I still experience some minor pains from time to time but not as bad as before. Daily practice has also helped me to be more relaxed and have more energy.

People at work have noticed that I am much healthier and calmer and wanted to know what I have been doing to achieve this. After telling them about the use of daily qigong practice, they asked me to organize classes for them to help improve their health and reduce their stress. With Master Wu's support, I organised a workshop in May, 2001, at the Queen West Health Centre. 

The workshop went very well with eighteen mental health staff from two non-profit agencies attending. Everyone was very happy and felt that this qigong practice will help them to change their health. I felt very happy too and I now organize and lead weekly qigong practice classes.

The classes are going very well. Here are some very encouraging comments from my students:

"the pain in my back is gone and I feel energized"
"it helps me to relax and get rid of tension and stress after work"
"I practise every other day and it helps me feel better"
"after I practise, I feel calm and peaceful "

This is encouraging. I will continue to invite Master Wu to teach qigong workshops at the Queen West Health Centre and will continue to organize weekly practice classes. If you are interested in attending a workshop at the Queen West Health Centre ( Bathurst & Queen St.) or have any questions, you can contact me.

Sincerely
John Russell

John and Master Wu in Queen West Health Centre
John and Master Wu in Queen West Health Centre


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Last Updated: December 31, 2001