Authentic Tai Chi Video Lessons
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has existed for thousands of years, long before Western medicine. Rather than following the disease model of Western medicine, TCM focuses on a symptom approach such that a person with PD who has mostly tremor would be evaluated and treated differently than another person whose symptoms were mostly gait and balance difficulty with no tremor. The specific symptoms of the individual signal a deficiency in the body fluids blood that is unable to properly nourish the energy flow or chi or Qi of the entire organism. There are three main symptom approaches under TCM (5). The first is Qi and blood deficiency, which is believed to arise from anger, emotional stress, frustration, and resentment. The second is phlegm-fire-agitating wind (yang), which is the result of poor diet, in particular eating greasy, fried, sweet, sugary foods and alcohol. The third is kidney and liver (yin) deficiency, which results from a lack of rest and overwork as well as part of...
T'ai chi is another popular activity, which consists of slow, rhythmic body movements. Research has shown that tai chi does increase strength and flexibility and may also improve fatigue. T'ai chi is often performed as part of a group, which may provide significant benefits with socialization. Many people with MS feel that t'ai chi is effective in improving balance and mobility and reducing stiffness. It may be an effective form of activity for people with MS, but individuals should receive training from an individual trained in working with people with disabilities.
Holley and Borger (2001) developed and evaluated an 8-week rehabilitative group intervention, known as Energy for Living with Cancer, in the south-eastern United States. This programme entailed weekly, structured 90-minute sessions which incorporated educational elements and facility to share experiences of fatigue with others. Whilst the group was facilitated by nurses, a physiotherapist, occupational therapist, and Tai Chi master contributed to the educational sessions. Outcome data have been collected from 20 individuals who have completed the programme to date. These pre-test post-test data indicated a significant decrease in fatigue (p 0.00). In the absence of
T'ai chi is an ancient Chinese activity and philosophical exercise aimed at harmonizing the mind and body. These series of movements are performed at a moderate intensity and steady rhythm. The exercise builds strength, balance, and endurance. Its smooth, relaxed movements make t'ai chi suitable for individuals with varying levels of MS. T'ai chi can be practiced outdoors or indoors, and does not require any equipment. If necessary, the ways in which the movements are performed can be easily adapted to your specific needs. T'ai chi classes are available at fitness or wellness centers, as well as at park districts or your local YMCA. If you prefer to practice tai chi at home, a number of instructional videos are commercially available. NCPAD contains a library of these videos and can be contacted at 800-900-8086 for more information.
In Chapter 12, I cover alternative remedies and treatments that may help you feel better, such as herbs, supplements, Botox treatments (not just for facial wrinkles anymore ), acupuncture, tai chi, and other complementary medicine choices, as well as some treatments that you really should steer clear of and some advice on how to tell the good guys from the scammers out there.
Mrs O., a 66-year-old Tai Chi Master, had a very powerful near-death experience which changed her life. Sixteen years before the interview, she was very sick and she vomited dark blood. She lost consciousness and was resuscitated in the emergency care unit of a hospital in Tokyo. The doctor told her later that her heart had stopped beating for a while and that she was considered clinically dead for an unknown period of time (she couldn't remember). She described having a vision of a river which separated her side from that of the Realm of Dead (or 'Yomi'). She said A few days after her NDE, another 'strange' event happened to Mrs O. She was still in pain, recovering at home. She said she looked at a picture of a plum tree in full blossom on the wall of her room (this is a rather common image in Japanese houses). Suddenly, she saw the face of her mother staring at her from the centre of a beautiful plum flower. This vision continued for about two weeks. She said 'When I fully...
Deep breathing (relaxation therapy (see Chapter 13), or special relaxing exercises, such as Chinese tai chi (see Chapter 12). The point is, relaxation isn't bad it's absolutely necessary. Yet in our achievement-oriented society, where many people think every nanosecond must be a productive one, relaxation may be a tough concept to accept as being good.
An endless list of available exercises to consider for overall health promotion exists (i.e., weight lifting, conditioning, isometric pilates, aerobic, stretching, martial arts, specific sports, etc.). Exercise can positively impact any person's health and in particular a person with PD by increasing muscle strength (thereby increasing one's ability to get up, walk, swallow, speak, and breath), flexibility (reducing muscle rigidity joint stiffness and increasing range of motion), and bone density (reducing the risk of a limb fracture related to falling). Additional benefits include enhanced cardiovascular and respiratory function and subsequent blood flow and delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the brain. Exercise may also increase daily energy levels, reduce emotional and mental stress, improve mood by raising endorphin levels, and result in better sleep patterns. Many controlled, randomized clinical studies of the benefits of exercise in the elderly can be found in the medical...
There are opportunities for exploring a variety of teaching methods that both optimize physical activity and that make PE classes more fun. Including a range of physical activity interests including dance and nontraditional activities such as Tai Chi and kick boxing is also important.
These emotions are often a response to events that are perceived to be physically or psychologically threatening. They can be brought on by overindulgence, overwork, or exhaustion, or they may be associated with digestive ailments and, in men, premature ejaculation or impotence. Such feelings may lead to depression. Physical manifestations include an increased pulse rate, fluttering feelings in the stomach, and tense muscles. SELF-HELP Get more exercise and practice relaxation techniques, meditation, or movement therapy such as tai chi (see page 217). Assertiveness training may help to overcome feelings of insecurity.
Tai chi chuan (literally, 'supreme ultimate fist') is an ancient Chinese 'soft' martial art. It is now practised worldwide, in various styles. The main practice of tai chi is to learn a series of forms or postures which emphasize a straight spine, controlled abdominal breathing, and a natural, fluid range of motion (136). The focusing of the practitioner on the movement and form is thought of as a 'moving meditation' that will bring about a state of mental calm. Practising the forms involves balance, alignment, fine-scale motor control, rhythm of movement, and the genesis of movement from the body's vital centre. Proponents of tai chi believe that it improves walking and running. Many practitioners notice benefits in terms of correcting poor postural alignment or movement patterns that can contribute to tension or injury. The meditative nature of the exercises is calming and relaxing. Patient reports suggest that the practice of tai chi may improve balance and reduce falls. There is...
Up your muscles or improve your heart rate, but they will keep you flexible and limber. Try Tai Chi or yoga, which are very good for maintaining flexibility. Tailoring an exercise program to your particular needs may require working with a physical therapist trained in PD. Thus, if your problem is rigidity of the trunk, your exercise program may be different than if your problem is rigidity of your arms or legs. If your problem is curvature or flexion of your spine, you may require a different program than you would if your problem is flexion of your feet.
Healing Properties Of Tai Chi
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