Disciplines to rebalance and refocus your self
Tai chi and qigong are complex systems with thousands of years of history to their credit. To try to explain them without minimizing their depth is a formidable challenge. There is a vast amount of information available in many formats discussing these disciplines at length.
Practice of either of these disciplines makes a person feel more vital and more alive.
Tai chi and qigong are the most widely practiced exercise programs in the world.
These practices can be used by anyone to reduce the expected negative effects of aging, and to promote better health. Competitive athletes are implementing these arts to increase stamina, alertness, and quickness. Another benefit from the practice is the reduced healing time from sports injuries. Persons recovering from surgery or procedures often have significantly greater and quicker improvements when adding a healthful therapy, such as tai chi or qigong.
Many people in the workplace choose to practice to enhance their physical and mental capabilities, and help them cope with daily stress and problems. The residual effects of utilizing a program incorporating tai chi or qigong help give a person mental focus, calmness, and capability to perform at their peak.
From a business-management standpoint, you are a more valuable employee.
From your personal standpoint, you are a healthier, more balanced individual with the capacity to enjoy life at its fullest.
The National Qigong Institute writes that Qigong is a five-thousand-year-old health method combining slow movements and mental concentration and breathing to increase and balance a person’s vital, or life energy. It is pronounced “chee-gong,” and is also spelled as Ch’i Kung, Chi Gung.
Qigong is a technology of self-initiated healing. Both ancient and contemporary philosophers have pointed to our naturally occurring self-healing capacity, and contemporary science has confirmed the spontaneous function of self-repair and self-restoration. This self-healing system has been shown to boost a person’s inner healing process, allowing them to live a life filled with more joy and fewer health issues and chronic conditions. These conditions include cardiovascular and respiratory function, muscle strength, balance, high blood pressure, arthritis, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel, asthma, back pain, and cancer. Practice helps many physical, emotional and neurological issues, including pain management, anxiety, diabetes, gastrointestinal issues, metabolic regulation, and Parkinson’s disease.
Qigong integrates breathing techniques, physical movements, sound, and quiets the mind. Experience this healing system by attending the 10-week classes offered by Sales Creators®/Tai Chi for Health.
WHAT QIGONG DOES FOR ME:
“Last April I started qigong classes with Tai Chi for Health. Since then, I noticed improvement in my overall health. I like the fact that I dedicate time every morning for my qigong practice. Because of that, my days always start on a good and healthy note. The complex moves of qigong offer a good challenge to my body and mind. It is a good way to reduce the daily stress. And as an added bonus, the classes are fun and I enjoy the company of my new friends. Thanks.” S.M.
I LOOK FORWARD TO THE TIME OF MY DAY WHEN I PRACTICE QIGONG
“When I signed up for the qigong class earlier this spring, I had visions of reducing stress and anxiety in my life, as well as providing another means of strengthening my lower back after a recent back surgery. This class has been very beneficial in paving the way towards accomplishing those goals. I find I look forward to the time of my day when I can practice qigong, and I sure feel better afterwards.” C.R.H.
FUN WAY TO IMPROVE MY HEALTH!
“I am thankful my wife led the way to qigong! Now I have proven the benefits for myself. Bob is an excellent instructor that brings a wealth of information along with his anecdotal stories and sense of humor that make the class so enjoyable. It is a fun way to improve my health! One healing result has been significant lessening of headaches, including the migraine type. An old injury affecting the neck seems to be part of the cause of my headaches. There has been noticeable improvement in my balance…no little matter with aging! I have not had an event with a knee issue in several weeks now. Qigong has made me more aware of the body, mind, and emotion connection. Improved breathing, improved posture, improved walking, and increased mindfulness has coalesced to generate a quieting, centering effect that has lessened anxiety. This has helped me respond and live my life rather than react and be driven by the external forces. Simply said, it has been a stress reducer and an energy producer. Perhaps no little thing is how my wife and I have enjoyed taking the class together as it does something for our relationship.” M.L.S.
QIGONG IS MAGIC - TAI CHI IS MAGIC
“I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2009 and continually missed work due to the resulting pain. The pain was so agonizing at times; I could not even get off the couch, let alone go anywhere. On a scale of 1 to 10, my pain was a constant 8 or 9, or higher. The pain medications were as debilitating as the pain itself, as they caused extreme fatigue. I was seriously considering going on disability…at 39 years old. A co-worker talked me into taking Tai Chi when it was offered in April of 2011 through the county. I thought, “What do I have to lose? I’ve tried everything else!” So through the pain and exhaustion I attended class every Monday and practiced every day. Low impact and not strenuous at all, this was my kind of exercise! Slowly, I was starting to not hurt as much. “About four weeks into the program, I felt “good” enough to attempt to work in my yard…something I hadn’t attempted, or even thought of, since moving into our house in 2007. My husband kept telling me to not over do it, as I normally did when I wasn’t plagued with debilitating pain. By the end of the weekend, I knew I was in trouble. I was in agonizing pain and thought, “Great! I’m off work for the next week, hopped up on pain pills.” I woke up that Monday morning dreading the thought of moving body parts. As I took assessment of the pain, I was shocked to find not only could I move, but could move with a different kind of pain. This pain was…normal. It was the “I worked out in my yard moving tons of stuff” pain. I couldn’t believe it. I went into class that night and declared that Qigong and Tai Chi are magic. Since then, my pain level has been a steady 2 or 3. I have been able to function as a normal human being, not plagued with debilitating pain. Had it not been for my co-worker talking me into taking a chance on Tai Chi, it is a very real possibility I would not be working a full time job…or a job at all. “I know that I will continue with practice for my life. There is no way I will go back to the “old” me. The me that was in so much pain that I couldn’t work, or even enjoy life. I encourage EVERYONE to try it. It is life changing!” K. H.
Tai chi chuan, t’aiji, or tai chi (t’ai chi), pronounced “tie-jee,” translates as “supreme ultimate boxing,” or “grand ultimate fist.” Its origin comes from Daoist philosophical principles embracing theories such as Yin and Yang, the opposites in nature, or opposing forces, and a mind-body connection. Tai chi is a gentle exercise with choreographed moves that flow together like a slow motion dance. This noncompetitive, self-paced system uses postures that flow from one into the next without pause, ensuring that the body is in constant motion.
Tai chi is low impact, and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels. Since it is a low impact exercise, it makes it especially suitable for older adults who otherwise may not exercise. It can be practiced from a seated or prone position.
Many people find tai chi appealing because it's inexpensive and requires no special equipment. Comfortable clothes and shoes are suitable. When learned correctly and performed regularly, tai chi can be a positive part of an overall approach to improving your health.
Take an active part in your own healthcare by learning tai chi. Many class options are offered by Sales Creators®/Tai Chi for Health.
HOW TAI CHI HAS BENEFITTED ME
“Tai Chi has benefitted me by reducing my pain significantly. I now sleep better at night. I can breathe deeply again. I also realized a couple of months ago, I no longer get pains in my chest and I have my balance back again. Tai Chi has also helped to calm me when stress starts tearing at me. Tai Chi also gives me energy when my batteries are running low. Since I have started Tai Chi last April, I have not had a cold or the flu, which I always battle during the winter months. This is a miracle in itself. Tai Chi has been so beneficial to me that after taking the classes for a couple of months I had decided to keep Tai Chi in my life forever.” B.P.
I DO TAI CHI BECAUSE:
“It de-stresses me. The slow movements, deep breathing, and calming music force you to slow down and de-stress. The multiple movements of the form forces you to concentrate on matters other than what is happening in your personal life or on your job. The act of Tai Chi allows you to create a time for yourself each day, if only for ten minutes. And the gentle movements are easy for all body types. It is amazing how stiff you feel after one day of missed Tai Chi!” D.C.A.
I AM GETTING YOUNGER:
“I have been active in Tai Chi for 18 months and I laugh when other people tell me that I look and act as if I were twenty years younger. Tai Chi has removed the fear of falling by showing me how to stand and walk correctly. I love the classes and the new friends that I learn with are great.” G.R.
MY DOCTOR WAS RIGHT… DO TAI CHI
“I have been doing Tai Chi with Tai Chi for Health for one year now. It started after my yearly physical and my blood pressure was high and my energy level was very low. My doctor asked me what exercise I was doing on a regular basis and I said walking to the mailbox and he said you need to check this out and he handed me a flyer for Tai Chi. My last check up my blood pressure was back to normal and I am off my blood pressure medicine. I lost 24 pounds and I am doing things that I used to do 20+ years ago. Thank you Doctor and Thank you Tai Chi for Health.” D.F.
Slow the aging process
Improve mental focus
Help relieve back pain
Help loosen the joints
Builds muscle strength
Improve lung function
Improved aerobic capacity
Improve heart function
Reduce high blood pressure
Enhance the immune system
Improve the control of diabetes
Improve blood sugar control
Help with weight loss
Improve sleep quality & duration