Saturday 28 February saw eight Move More Aberdeen volunteers complete the first ever Macmillan Gentle Movement training course in the city. The volunteers completed over 20 hours of training and dedicated many hours at home to develop their skills in this new movement and breathing activity. This ‘new’ therapeutic activity is not all new however, it has been derived from the ancient Chinese movements of Qi Gong and has great therapeutic potential for people affected by cancer; including improved psychological and mental wellbeing and reduced social isolation.
One of the volunteers commented on the training;
“I’m enjoying the gentle movement training a lot. It’s clear the trainer is passionate, and he really believes in the benefits of gentle movement… I come out of the training feeling happier within myself to be honest…and I haven’t even started sharing the experience with service users yet.”
The volunteers will have their first opportunities to share this experience described with service users in the coming weeks. Gentle Movement classes will be one of a menu of options available to people affected by cancer through the Move More Aberdeen programme. Also on offer are walking groups, circuit classes and soon gardening, all with the aim of helping people affected by cancer to ‘Get active and feel good’