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Bill Douglas, who has reviewed several of our books, was inspired to spread Tai Chi practice worldwide after years of seeing profound health benefits in his medical university Tai Chi classes… causing Harvard Medical School's Harvard Health Publication to dub Tai Chi "medication in motion" for all the myriad health benefits it offers. 

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“This integrative holistic approach to these conditions is what is needed throughout medicine today. Empowering us to become part of our own health and healing process is such a powerful approach to these conditions or any others. I applaud the authors, and hope they inspire others to follow their lead.

Bill Douglas, Author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to T’ai Chi and QiGong, and more...

We are fortunate to have founder of “International T’ai Chi Day,” and developer of the Kansas University “Stress Reduction Program,”  Bill Douglas write the following inside the cover review for Integrative Therapies for Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Myofascial Pain: The Mind-Body Connection. 

T'ai Chi for You

Each T’ai Chi movement has purpose and a symbolic meaning. For instance, as we sink into our body we are opening our joints and relieving stress while building strength. T’ai Chi, like Yoga, provides us with the opportunity to make a mental and spiritual connection with our body, and thereby, relieve all blocks to chi letting the energy within our body heal body, mind, and spirit. 

Stretching tender, contracted muscles helps the maintain flexibility. Many pain patients are fatigued for a variety of reasons, so look for a type of T’ai Chi that you can tolerate. It’s important to experience movement and meditation for our health, and T’ai Chi is a low-level activity that is unlikely to trigger a flare, especially in comparison with other forms of exercise. 

Types of T'ai Chi

The several styles of T’ai Chi are named after the surname of their founder. The oldest style is Chen. T’ai Chi Chen consists of low stances and powerful movements. The Yang family first became involved in the study of T’ai Chi Chuan, which is the most common form of T’ai Chi practiced in the west. Other forms include Wu, Hoa, and Sun style, though the Hoa style is seldom practiced today. You may also find combination styles of T’ai Chi, which incorporate movements from more than one approach.  

Each T’ai Chi style has something different to offer based on the teacher’s approach. So, it is important that you know what type of T’ai Chi is right for you and aligns with your physical abilities and goals.

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Moving or exercise, whatever you want to call it, improves many things. When we breathe, our lungs take in oxygen (which is food for our cells) and when we exhale, the lungs expel carbon dioxide.

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T'ai Chi

The ancient Chinese dancelike practice of T’ai Chi is a meditative movement form that helps relieve stress while improving the body’s well-being. Science tells us this gently exercise helps maintain muscle health, provides positive feedback to our brain, and moves our focus away from pain.

Celeste Cooper RN Author - Educator and Pain Advocate