Tai Chi training effectively eliminates momentum from movement which greatly reduces the potential for falls
The mental focus and complex coordinations activate and sustain brain activity and intensify the demand for fine motor control. This has been shown to slow the onset of neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis.
Quality Tai Chi training demands your full attention. Relaxed breath, controlled movement and balance challenges keep you in the moment where stress and anxiety can not survive.
We train to listen deeply to our body signals, while working to optimize our range of motion. Excessive force is unnecessary when increasing joint stability, strength and flexibility.
Tai Chi teaches us to work with, not against our bodies. If we ignore a limit being set by our bodies by pushing through, structure will be compromised and we lose the very benefits we are trying to achieve.
Our training methods take time and effort, but our students have consistently been able to reduce, and often eliminate, their need for pain medications. Working the body with respect and patience is a powerful method to control chronic pain.
In our fast paced world, one of the most challenging things you can do is slow down. It may seem impossible at first but the rewards for your training efforts will manifest as reduced stress and the ability to manage triggers more easily.
In order to know where you end, and others begin, you must first know your deepest core structure. Our training gives you access to your core and structural integrity. From there, healthy boundaries become easier to find and manage.
Like water always seeking level, We all seek to be at peace and in harmony with our true nature. Our Principle Based Training invites you to explore your current perspectives and embrace your truth with honesty and integrity.
For any movement training, proper posture and alignment are critical to harnessing your internal strength and preventing injury. Slow, controlled movement training is excellent at helping you find this hidden power.
Structural integrity allows the bones to bear the load while the muscles await your command. This reduced extraneous effort and maximizes efficiency of movement.
Proper alignment and structural integrity effectively frees the muscles for the tasks your choose. The slow, deliberate movements of Tai Chi greatly strengthen your fine motor control which can then be used at any speed, for any purpose.
Oxygen is the single most important element to our lives yet we don’t pay much attention to it. We teach you to use deep breathing techniques to boost oxygen uptake, enhancing both cellular function and overall brain health.
The lymphatic system is crucial to our ability to wards off disease and illness. The combination of deep breathing and efficient movement enhances the body’s ability to pump lymphatic fluids throughout the body.
Numerous studies have shown that taxing the heart with excessive, strenuous effort is not as healthy as once believed. Tai Chi training stimulates deep muscle demand, through prolonged load bearing effort, while encouraging deep, slow controlled breathing which increase overall circulatory response.
Hours of computer and cell phone use, repetitive work habits, and sedentary tasks can cause people to develop poor habits of movement and posture conditions. Over time, these habits are often the real, underlying cause of chronic pain, stress, and tension. The Alexander Technique, which has been in use for over a century, is a practical method for learning to restore this natural coordination, balance, and posture.
Tai Chi is often called "Meditation in Motion". While this conjures up imagery of students basking in the morning sun, gracefully moving through their forms, reflections dancing gently on a nearby pond, I personally feel it is a bit misleading, especially during the first few years of Tai Chi training when simple coordination and concentration are such an effort.
I have always felt strongly about how well Tai Chi and Qigong can strengthen and heal the body, mind and spirit. Whether the pain / injury is acute or chronic, many, many people have found relief and even resolution within the halls of Tai Chi and Qigong training. This week it was my turn to put these theories to the test.