25. July 2019 · Comments Off on Studies Show The Benefits Of Qigong And Tai Chi On The Behavior And Performance Of School Children · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

The results of a controlled study involving 156 7th graders with ages 13 and 14 years old results were published in 2010, September. In the study, the students learned and were told to practice qigong moving meditation during school. They were divided into two groups. One group was told to practice qigong for eight weeks twice a week for 25 minutes each day. The other group performed their everyday school activities. Before and after the study, all 156 students answered surveys to evaluate stress, self-image, psychological distress, and well-being at school. The group that practiced qigong showed less stress and psychological distress, and had better self-image than the control group. Also, all the students needed to answer an open question on whether practicing qigong practice affected them in any way. The answers were all positive in favor of qigong. They included statements like: “I feel more awake and alert” or “It gives you an opportunity to calm down” or “I work better after qigong” or “I am more focused.” (Terjestam 2010).

About 34 percent of the children weren’t interested in performing the exercises. For them, qigong exercises were boring. Either the school made it mandatory for these students to practice or it needed to encourage the students to participate in moving meditation or meditation exercise like yoga, tai chi, or qigong. The positive results of these exercises for students have been recorded in a number of past research work. A second grade elementary school study revealed that students who practiced qigong led to higher grades and better behavior (Witt 2005). One other study showed that aggression was significantly reduced in both elementary and high school students who practiced qigong. This exercise had an energizing and calming effect on the students (Witt 2007). Similar benefits were also seen when the students practiced Tai chi. Among adolescents, tai chi was seen to help improve conduct, anxiety, and hyperactivity, with fewer expressions of improper emotions (Reif-Hernandez, 2001).

In students, depression, stress responses, and anxiety are typical symptoms. Responses to stress such as abdominal pain, headaches, and sleeping problems are also fairly ordinary during adolescence. Any exercises that can calm students would be good to help them reduce stress. Qigong has been known to relieve headaches, improve sleep, and have a positive effect on health problems such as cardiovascular disease (Jahnke, 2010). These forms of moving meditation are especially helpful for students who are susceptible to the increasing stress of school.

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25. July 2019 · Comments Off on Tai Chi Is “Meditation In Motion” · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Sometimes called “meditation in motion,” Tai chi is a form of self defense that was originally developed in China. This elegant type of exercise has existed for over two millennia and its global popularity only seems to grow year by year. People perform tai chi either as a complement to other health care methods or as a basic exercise program or both. Health benefits include increased flexibility (particularly for seniors), improved balance, and the alleviation of stress.

You may discover vital energy or chi to be a useful element of your program. If you’re attempting to bolster your overall wellbeing and health, Tai chi can help you attain this. It is considered a safe practice for people of all levels of fitness and ages. Research has shown that tai chi can reduce the risk of falls and improve balance for seniors. Tai chi is appealing to lots of older adults because it puts minimal stress on your muscles and joints and its movements are low impact. Because of these, the person may find it useful if he suffers from a disease such as arthritis or if he’s recuperating from an injury.

When practiced regularly and understood properly, tai chi seems to be a very good form of exercise. It’s noncompetitive and self-paced and one doesn’t require special clothing or equipment or a large physical space. People can practice tai chi anyplace anytime. Since tai chi is gentle and slow, it practically has no adverse side effects. It may be possible that anyone would strain himself when first learning, but with the right instruction, this shouldn’t hinder you from practicing tai chi.

To reduce the risk of injury and attain optimal benefits, learn the proper way to perform the movements and postures. Paying attention to your breathing and body position are essential; therefore, the best way to best to study is directly under a teacher instead of videos and books. Your instructor can personally guide you and rectify many issues in your technique before they turn into a habit As you attend a series of classes and practice, you’ll learn how to do tai chi without needing to strain your joints and muscles

Once you get the hang of the basics, you’ll feel more you’re comfortable with the fundamental movements of tai chi, and you’re now ready to do this practice by yourself. You may find practicing tai chi at the same and in the same place every day. You’ll probably experience certain health benefits almost immediately, but perhaps, they won’t be very dramatic. Health benefits build up every time, so, be patient.

Dr. Vickery is a licensed acupuncturist in Tarzana, CA., and the founder and clinical director of Vickery Health and Wellness.

18. July 2019 · Comments Off on Tai Chi For Caregivers · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

The ancient Chinese self-defense art of Tai Chi has received much exposure from a growing body of research that supports these personal reports and also due to the benefits reported by its practitioners.

In the many decades of their general martial arts experience and specifically about tai chi, some practitioners can experience growing benefits to their health. This article will talk about the very first level of tai chi practice – what benefits can first time practitioners and people with disabilities can expect from the exercise. This may include people suffering from Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s, as well as people going through rehabilitation or with falls associated with muscle weakness or people simply suffering from deterioration brought about by old age.

It’s been clear that there is a wide range of abilities between people who aren’t able to walk or stand up or aren’t able to practice tai chi even for a few minutes for whatever reason and people to those who are able to exercise for an hour or more. It is to this former group and their caregivers that this article is addressed, since they are the ones to most likely benefit from short regular periods of caregiver-assisted practice even if it’s only a fifteen to twenty minute session – and thereupon, it is through these caregivers that Tai Chi practice should best be conveyed.

Once the movement routines of basic exercises are learned, what’s next required is daily physical mindful practice i.e. with thought, awareness, and motivation. The instructor model of “staying one step ahead of the student” subsequently corresponds to the idea of patient and caregiver (and “in knowledge participation and in knowing together”) since the mindful practice of proper exercises is the one that appears to be the most beneficial.

Let us consider necessity and suitability:

Exercise – what’s required is a few basic simple exercises grounded on the principles of Tai Chi: fluidity of movement, grounding, posture, and balance regarding the center of the body.

A basic comprehension of Tai Chi practice and movement as it applies at this level.

1. Every day practice for a certain period and in a manner that’s best suited for the person – usually comprising a single or multiple short sessions.

2. Transference of the principles of Tai Chi learned from the exercises into daily activities via constant mindfulness of physical movement.

3. A cycle of learning feedback between patient and caregiver in which the caregiver offers an external reference to help the patient in his/her internal mindfulness – For instance, by making observations about the manner exercises are being done and by providing support and encouragement to the patient.

4. Provision of a caregiver mentoring and training program to enable and support the caregiver to cultivate his practice and understanding

This would make an appropriate level of Tai Chi accessible to a maximum number of people on a regular basis, thus providing the proper degree of practice to the greatest number of individuals. At a minimum, a single Tai Chi instructor, teaching four seminars each day in a year to ten people (themselves able to pass on the learning to ten caregivers) could effectively allow 400 people to attain proper activity level.

Other Options

1. Transporting patients to a Tai Chi class: Besides timing problems with care homes and transport difficulties, a tai chi class would often include an hour or more of walking, standing, etc. which some patients would find impossible.

2. Recruiting a Tai Chi instructor to care homes: Impractical for reasons of cost and availability. Other problems that might crop up:

3. The patients might not feel it important to exercise when they think there’s no risk likely to affect their health. Tai Chi is basically a remedial therapy that takes a great deal of resource and personal motivation to achieve progress at a certain level. In other words – it is usually too late by the time it is needed. Practicing Tai Chi is a skill best learned before it is needed.

While the need is urgent, the motivation and time left to people to learn the skills of Tai Chi is sometimes short; hence, it is only practically to set a lower goal to maximize opportunities for achievement.

4. Communication problems are usually experienced by students in these situations, while communication from instructor to caregiver may be quite clear – caregivers should then be trained to convey information to their patients based on time availability, opportunity, relationship, and personal knowledge. As long as the messages are proper and simple, conveyance through caregivers may be a totally appropriate mode of communication given the constrained objectives.

5. Degree of personal capacity. Tai Chi is essentially learning to look after oneself. In a class environment, this is usually not understood easily since students in class may construe guidance as a command, so placing the responsibility for their education on the teacher. Caregivers may have a different perspective and are perhaps the best ones able to judge their patient’s ability – when to reassure, and when and how to do so and not to do so.

6. Having a bunch of vulnerable people together in class to give them enough time to practice daily or weekly practice can expend a whole lot of resource. One the other hand, getting able-bodied caregivers to periodic seminars is much more feasible and can generate a group of individuals that work in the caring community to teach appropriate Tai Chi to many more individuals (including perhaps chiropodists, hairdressers, relatives, physiotherapists, and even the entire staff of a care home). Professional caregivers who may be visiting might find this a suitable skill supplement. This situation can bring in the biggest “bang per buck” – or the most efficient use of resources.

7. Since the bulk of research pertaining to tai chi is mostly about short-term trials (like the 2011 falls prevention program that involved ten and fifteen weekly classes done at the Letchworth Center for Healthy Living) – we now know a comparatively small activity can generate highly meaningful benefits for the people concerned. We can also surmise, based on experience, that stronger benefits are attained with regular practice. Therefore, we may assume that a few daily periods of mindful practice are the best ways to attain the most rapid and best possible results.

8. Approach and Practice – On the onset, it may be enough to be simply motivated to perform Tai Chi exercises without knowing anything about it. Eventually however, it would be essential to cultivate the understanding that the exercises of Tai Chi are connected to a framework that allows people to grow based on a logical approach. Aside from helping maintain interest as “mystery” gives way to “science”, it is also important for a person to imbibe optimal benefits from the exercises themselves. Practice without the understanding and the thought that’s derived from tai chi can only obtain half the careful consideration, mindfulness, and package of the technique instead of completely developing/learning the practice.

How can such an approach materialize? A daily seminar program can convey Tai Chi awareness to caregivers within a day or two. Doing these seminars frequently can lead to the proper teaching and skill development of Tai Chi exercises, while at the same time developing a follow up program that include telephone, online, and face-to-face tutoring.

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18. July 2019 · Comments Off on Do Feng Shui Cures Really Work? · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

An ancient Chinese practice that has been utilized for thousands of years, Feng Shui is based on the concept that all things in the world should have harmony or “balance”. Everything in the environment has its proper place. A disturbance can arise if the balance in the environment or if something is out of place, this disturbance can manifest in the people around it as a feeling of uneasiness, or as lack of prosperity or violence in the area.

In all its diverse forms, Feng Shui is aimed at restoring that harmony and balance. This balance can manifest in different ways and may affect a person’s love life, wealth, prosperity, and health. And a lot of it truly works. Compared to the Philippines, Burma, Laos, and their other neighbors, the cities of Singapore and Hong Kong are wealthy capitals because they are situated in areas where the Feng Shui is ideal for a thriving metropolis. Even the residence of the alleged richest man in the world, Bill Gates, is believed to be situated in the hills in a perfect location that brings its owner staggering wealth.

But why doesn’t Feng Shui work for some people?

To address that question, we need to look at the history of Feng Shui.

The History Of Feng Shui

Feng Shui traces its roots in ancient China, a land that cultivated arts and skills such as martial arts, medicine, and the beginnings of chemical warfare. The learning of these skills were highly valued, and the adepts at these skills clearly refused to share their secrets with others, lest that the knowledge would be used for evil purposes, or that the adepts would lose their prestige and status once the knowledge became widely known.

It was therefore obvious that the adepts were not ready to hand down all that important information to their students who might have garnered whatever information they had, and guessed the rest that they did not learn from their masters. Some of those students were geniuses, capable of replicating the amazing deeds their masters had performed. Some students, who weren’t as gifted as the brighter students, exploited whatever knowledge they gained to make a living for themselves. When applied to Feng Shui, this scenario makes it understandable why different Feng Shui schools exist today. While some schools produce very little observable effect, others do work wonders.

These days, there are individuals that refer to themselves Feng Shui masters, especially now with the rise of the internet. So how can a person tell the ones that can really aid you? The truth is, it is highly unlikely that there is anything one can do. Any person can claim they are a master of a prestigious Feng Shui school while they are, in fact, mere charlatans. Remembering the name of the Feng Shui practitioner who helped them and finding a person who has had their lives improved through Feng Shui is the best thing we can do.

Belief is Essential

Another important factor in order get Feng Shui to work for you is to have faith in it. Much like the Cross of the Christians and the stone idols of the ancient Aztecs, Feng Shui artefacts and figurines serve as “focuses”. If you believe in it, it will work for you.

For instance, in recent pharmaceutical experiments, researchers always state that a medicine works because it was effective on a large section (around 75 percent) of their test subjects. But why didn’t the drug work for the 25 percent if it was truly effective? It might be because the physiology of their body was different. But in a lot instances, the psychological aspect of the person is to blame. If one really believes that the drug, no matter how good it is, will not cure them, it won’t. As psychologists like to say “It’s all in the mind.”

The same principle applies to Feng Shui. If one purchases a Feng Shui artifact but really believes the art of Feng Shui is just some hocus-pocus magic that most likely won’t work, rest assured that it will not work for them. One needs to have faith for the practice to work. If a person believes that Feng Shui can help him better his life, it will.

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