QI GONG EASES FIBROMYALGIA PAIN

Routine practice of Qi Gong (chi kung – the grandfather of tai chi) seemed to significantly improve pain in patients with fibromyalgia and lessened the impact of the disorder, a randomized trial showed. After 8 weeks of regular practice of this “meditative movement,” pain as measured on a 10-point scale decreased by 1.55 points, compared […]

TAI CHI AND MULTI MORBIDITY

Mulitmobidity means the presence of 2 or more chronic conditions.   This study looked at the  effect of Tai Chi on 4 chronic conditions. The participants who practiced Tai Chi had significant improvement in the 6-minute walking distance test (6MWD) and better knee extension strength in the four targeted chronic conditions: cancer, osteoarthritis, heart failure, […]

TAI CHI MAY STAVE OFF CVD IN ARTHRITIS PATIENTS ,

from MEDPAGE I case you don’t want to read the whole article, here is a summary. “To the best of our knowledge, this study is the first evidence of a possible reduction of cardiovascular risk through tai chi exercise by improving endothelial dysfunction and arterial stiffness in patients with RA (rheumatoid arthritis),” wrote the study […]

New Studies on Benefits of Tai Chi

I am so happy when I get reports of new studies on Tai Chi.  Every months there is more “proof” in the western sense of the word that Tai Chi really works.  Of course, those of us who practice tai chi and qigong know that it works.  But scientific studies make it even better! Remember […]

The Power of Silence

A Tai Chi break is not just about movement, breathing and visualization.  It is also about silence.  When I started working with students of all ages, I thought I might have to make Tai Chi more dynamic to get and keep their attention.  But that wasn’t true at all.  After the first 2 or 3 […]

Self Esteem vs Narcissism

For many years I have talked about what I consider to be one of the greatest benefit of Tai Chi in the children I work with. IT IS SELF-ESTEEM. I believe that if a child has the tools to find success in school projects and tests, in forming friendships and working  with others toward a […]