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Tai Chi for Seniors
Improved Health and Vitality for Seniors
Discover the Healing Power of Ancient Methods
In Chinese tradition there are thousands of methods and practices for self healing generally called Qigong (Ch’i Kung). Taiji (Tai Chi) is one category of Qigong forms. It consists of slow, natural movements that help you breathe, stretch, build strength, and even improve mood. Qigong triggers a wide array of physiological mechanisms which have profound healing benefits. It increases the delivery of oxygen to the tissues. It enhances the elimination of waste products as well as the transportation of immune cells through the lymph system. And it shifts the chemistry of the brain and the nervous system.
Tai Chi Qigong started in Asia over 2000 years ago, and it is now practiced all over the world by people of all ages and fitness levels. In fact, Tai Chi Qigong is rapidly gaining popularity right now with leading health experts. Qigong is one of the most powerful self healing traditions ever developed in human history. It is literally a health wonder of the world.
Tai Chi Qigong is Highly Recommended
In January of 2010, the American Geriatrics Society released new guidelines for the prevention of falls in older persons. For the first time, they singled out Qigong as a recommended exercise to improve balance and reduce falls.
The National Institutes of Health also recommends Qigong as a great form of exercise for seniors. Not only does it help with balance, but it also fits well into the lifestyle of most seniors.
An Exercise Program with Immediate Benefits
Seniors face a difficult situation. As you age, you lose flexibility, muscle strength, and bone mass. Joints stiffen. It becomes harder to move around and do the things you enjoy, from reaching the top shelf in the kitchen to playing with grandchildren. It may also become harder to exercise.
So Much More than Just Exercise
Qigong translated from Chinese means “cultivate energy.” In Chinese medicine, Qi, or “life force energy,” is a natural energy that runs throughout the body. The body is like a four-lane highway, with energy flowing like car traffic as oxygen and vital nutrients are delivered to all the body’s cells. When energy is “blocked” or “backed up,” it can cause pain and disease. Qigong works to keep the energy flowing, creating internal harmony and equilibrium.
People who practice Qigong experience a wide range of benefits outside of those you might normally associate with exercise, including:
- High Blood Pressure
- Fibromyalgia pain
- AsthmaBack pain
- Joint pain
Qigong for Seniors for Improved Health and Vitality
Qigong switches the nervous system from the stress related ‘fight or flight’ mode to the restorative healing mode of the parasympathetic branch. EEG shows that, in people practicing Qigong, the cerebral cortex enters a state of calm that few people experience, even in sleep.
Numerous studies show that practicing Qigong also increases the level of essential neurotransmitters in the blood. Deficiency of these elements can cause Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, chronic depression, insomnia and drug addiction.
Proven Effective Program
Research supports Tai Chi Qigong helping many chronic illnesses including diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, heart failure, stroke, fall prevention, MS, fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s Disease, osteoporosis prevention, breast cancer, cancer, low back pain, knee pain and osteoarthritis, sleep problems, dementia, ADHD, asthma, and anti-oxidant and anti-aging benefits
Tai Chi – Qigong are rising stars in wellness and are endorsed by:
Oprah and Dr Oz
Harvard Medical School (Harvard Woman’s Health Watch May 2009)
Mayo Clinic & Cleveland Clinic physicians (2009 newsletters)
National Council on Aging (NCOA) since March 2006
American Arthritis Association
Meet Instructor Anita Coppens:
Anita is an Instructor in Tai Chi Qigong under Master Keith Mazza. Anita is also an Instructor in Grandmaster William Cheung’s Meridian Therapy under Master Keith Mazza.
What People are Saying:
“Anita Coppens is one of my best students in Tai Chi Qigong and CMT, (Chinese Meridian Therapy). She is knowledgeable and skilled at helping people to be fit and healthy. I highly recommend her.”
Master Keith Mazza
“Anita is an excellent instructor of Tai Chi Qigong. My mother loves her classes. She has helped my mom to be stronger and more agile at the tender age of 76!”
Dale Yeager Philadelphia, PA
“I have been experiencing disc problems in my lower back for ten years and have been in agony. I have scoliosis, curvature of the spine, and had a spinal fusion. Recently I had rods removed from my spine. I have disk damage and I have two vertebrae out of alignment. My surgeon was ready to do surgery on me again and I said no. Today for the first time, Grandmaster Cheung performed Cheung’s Meridian Therapy on me and I’ve never felt better! My whole back feels like it has opened up – it’s warm. The whole area in my hip that was tight feels great. It feels loose like I have the circulation back. I’ve never felt like this!”
Christine, Long Island, NY
“I suffer from migraine headaches and I had a chronic back problem. My back was injured when I was in my 20s. It flared up and has been chronic for the last four months. Tonight I had some pain in my back and tightness. Now the pain has gone and the tightness almost all gone. I’ve learned Cheung’s Meridian Therapy exercises for migraine headaches and meditation. I came here with one starting, and now my head feels clear!”
Dr Nancy Westburn, Cherry Hill, NJ
“I have had back problems since late 1989 diagnosed by my physician as a slipped disk. Last year I had two automobile accidents; both rear end collisions. Since that time I have had pain every day. Some days more pain than others. On October 18, 1995, I was experiencing excruciating pain from sciatica on my left side all the way to my ankle. The sciatica was in the second week. I had a brief session (20-30 minutes) with Grandmaster Cheung on October 18. The pain subsided immediately. I have never experienced relief so quickly. I have been virtually pain free since that time. I am extremely grateful to have benefitted from Grandmaster Cheung’s treatment.”
Rosa W. Garnett, Case Western Reserve University
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