Qigong- Tai Chi
Qigong-Tai Chi is a wholistic system of self-healing exercise and meditation, an ancient, evolving practice that includes healing posture, movement, self-massage, breathing techniques, and meditation.
Qigong-Tai Chi Master Kenneth Cohen defines the practice in this way; Qi is the Chinese word for "life energy." According to Chinese medicine, qi is the animating power that flows through all living things. Gong means "work" or "benefits acquired through perseverance and practice." Thus, qigong means working with the life energy, learning how to control the flow and distribution of qi to improve the health and harmony of mind and body.
Qigong-Tai Chi is called a practice or training because, unlike medication, it is not "prescribed" for a limited period of time, but, rather, is practiced daily. This is easy to do because it is as enjoyable as any sport, yet does not require a great expenditure of time or money. Students generally practice an average of 20 to 40 minutes each day. There is no need for special equipment or a large workout space
Tai Chi is a gentle exercise that originated from an ancient Chinese martial art. It's especially beneficial for arthritis and overall health. Regular practice of Tai Chi has been shown to reduce the pain and stiffness of arthritis. You'll gain strength and stamina and increase range of motion, flexibility, sense of balance and immune system function. Tai Chi strengthens bones and may lower high blood pressure. Recent studies show it reduces some symptoms of Parkinson's disease. This program is approved by the Arthritis Foundation of America and is based on many scientific studies that show it can bring significant relief from arthritis symptoms.
While this program is specifically designed for arthritis, it is beneficial for every health condition, including good health. Renowned heart surgeon, author and TV star, Dr. Mehmet Oz lists Tai Chi and Qigong among the top 10 things he recommends for good health and long life.
Anyone can practice Qigong-Tai Chi. There are techniques suitable for every age and physical condition. Qigong includes standing, seated, and supine methods. With only slight adjustments in technique, it is possible to practice most standing exercises while seated or lying down. This makes Qigong an ideal exercise for those who are disabled or bedridden.
Classes are available in various locations around the Triad instructed by David McMahon, N.D., a certified instructor of Qigong and Tai Chi for Arthitis. Classes may be arranged for individuals or for your group, organization, or company.
For a listing of David's current class schedule click here.