Energy T'ai Chi
The orginal T'ai Chi Chih was developed because Justin Stone realized that it takes many months of hard work to learn the 108 movements of T'ai Chi Chuan. Once learned, it takes a great deal of space to practice. In addition, the elderly have a hard time doing some of the movements. Sometimes everybody has a hard time memorizing the long sequence.
Like T'ai Chi Chih Energy T'ai Chi can be easily learned and memorized. The client only needs to practice any six of the 19 movements. This means we practice each movement 36 times on the left side and 36 times on the right side. Very little space is needed. One can stand at one's desk whenever feeling drowsy and do a few of the movements.
To get the benefit of Energy T'ai Chi all you need to do is to practice the movements regularly, 10 or 15 minutes in the morning and 10 or 15 minutes in the late afternoon or early evening. You will feel the flow of energy and a feeling somewhat like the afterglow of an internal bath. In Energy T'ai Chi we only have to learn five or six of the movements in this class and do them regularly . So there is not much to learn. It is the application-constant daily practice -that gets results. The Client may choose whatever movements appeal to him or her and seem to circulate the chi.
For the martial arts student this practice has proven beneficial for the balancing and storing of Chi. This form of exercise is suitable for most everyone... males, females, disabled, and all ages.
About the Instructors
Energy Tai Chi Class Outline
I. General Instructions
T'ai Chi has received world wide recognition from medical professionals, as well as from the sports and recreational community as an extremely efficient healthy regime.
The following are a few of the possible benefits of this form of T'ai Chi:
Chi and Golf
Tai Chi for Golf is a program of simple exercises and drills to help you improve your balance, maintain your flexibility and suppleness to enhance your golfing ability. Based on an ancient, oriental health form, the exercises will improve your posture, increase your striking power and help you control your mind and your temper, giving you a much more rounded and enjoyable game. Research has shown that many golfers have found that they can drive the ball much farther after practicing T’ai Chi for only a few months. Improving the coordination of the arms, the waist and the legs during movements, relaxing muscles, and improving balance - these are the main reasons for the synergy between Tai Chi and golf.
A study published by the journal Medicine and science in sports and exercise in 2004 shows that among elderly subjects, the experienced Tai Chi practitioners and the experienced golfers both have much better joint proprioceptive acuity and dynamic standing balance control than those who do not practice either of these two activities.
Building upon such synergy, there have emerged some programs integrating Tai Chi movements into golf practice. The most prominent one among them is probably chi-power GOLF, which is used by the Professional Golfers' Association (PGA). The program was developed by Jayne Storey, a Tai Chi teacher in the U.K. who has been practicing Yang Style Tai Chi since 1987.
T'ai Chi, ADHD and ADD
ADD and ADHD is a growing problem not only with children, but adults as well. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the most commonly diagnosed psychiatric disorder of children, afflicting about 35% in the U.S. ADHD, often treated by drugs such as Ritalin, oral antihypertensive or antidepressants, is characterized by inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity. However, the medical and educational community have begun to express concern about the sheer numbers of young children being diagnosed as ADHD and administered drug therapy.
While these medications can at times be effective if carefully monitored, side effects are possible, and most of these drugs should not be (though sometimes are) given to children under age six because of risk of toxicity or lack of dosage information due to inadequate testing for adverse drug reactions in this population. Twenty percent of ADHD children do not respond to the first stimulant drug tried, or have a negative reaction to it.
Touch Research Institute (TRI) examined whether Tai Chi, the Chinese martial art of slow-moving, meditative exercise, would have similar effects . During and after five weeks of tai chi lessons, adolescents with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) showed less anxiety, daydreaming, inappropriate emotions and hyperactivity, according to a study by TRI. T’ai Chi may be a wonderful adjunct therapy for treating ADHD because it augments many of the mood management techniques recommended for ADHD sufferers.
A University of Miami School of Medicine study shows T’ai Chi is a powerful therapy for ADHD and ADD. The chidren in this study saw a drop of ADD symptons nd an enhanced ability to focus, concentrate, and perform tasks. Adolescents with ADHD (Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder) displayed less anxiety, daydreaming behaviors, inappropriate emotions and hyperactivity, and greater improved conduct, after a five week, two day per week class. T’ai Chi meets many of the criteria for mood management techniques recommended for ADD .