Would you like your life to be on an "Extraordinary Health Trajectory?" A recent study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine showed that older adults who practice t'ai chi were on just such a trajectory.
T'ai Chi is a system of slow, gentle movements that work all the major muscle groups and joints. It is also a form of "moving meditation," which integrates body and mind and can improve mental functions and enhance health.
The controlled movements of t'ai chi balance the body's internal energy, which connects body and mind. It also increases the circulation of blood and energy in the body, producing a state of relaxation and calm.
Qigong (pronounced "chee-gung") literally means "developing or cultivating your life force energy." There are many forms of qigong, from simple breathing exercises to more distinct physical exercises, including t'ai chi.
I teach weekly t'ai chi and qigong classes in Freeland and Coupeville for adult students of all ages, even into their 90s. T'ai chi has been shown to be a tremendous benefit especially for seniors, reducing by 47% the number of falls and significantly reducing injuries from falls that did occur. It is also beneficial for chronic conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, Parkinson's, MS, and many other conditions.
Some of the proven beneifts of t'ai chi and qigong include:
• Bigger brain! • Better balance • Reduced stress • Lower blood pressure • Improved coordination • Increased flexibility • Greater self-awareness • Improved mental function • Better general health • Improved posture • Increased peace of mind
"T'ai chi has given me self-confidence in my physical abilities that is even more important than the health benefits I've derived. And we have a lot of fun!" --MKB
"It's a wonderful form of relaxation and keeps a nonagenarian supple." --SW, age 94
I offer private and semi-private classes in both t'ai chi and qigong in your home or my studio. Qigong exercises are a wonderful way to re-energize and rejuvenate during your workday and can help eliminate or reduce problems from repetitive stress or excessive sitting.
For more information or to make an appointment, call (360) 544-8445 or e-mail Lynne@Lynne.org. I am located on Whidbey Island at 5548 Myrtle Avenue, Suite 303, in Freeland, WA.