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Dan Yu Challenge Comments From Canada’s Pacific Region 0

Dan Yu Challenge Comments From Canada’s Pacific Region

Participants from across Canada are taking part in a six-week national dan yu challenge.  One only challenges one’s self to do more dan yu’s, not others.  Donations are freely given to support fundraising for the International Center in Florida.  Better health for the individual and for the organization is the best reward.  Here are some comments from participants in Canada’s Pacific […]
Halfway through the National Dan Yu Challenge 0

Halfway through the National Dan Yu Challenge

Here’s what participants in Western Region are saying about their practice: “It’s a good way to start the day.” Audrey “It softens the stiffness in my hips.” Phyllis “I’m doing the same number of Dan Yus every day, and it feels like it’s getting easier.” Eileen “The more Dan Yus I do, the more I […]
Danyus for Dunedin in the Atlantic Region 0

Danyus for Dunedin in the Atlantic Region

Many welcome thoughts on the Danyu Challenge…… The Danyu challenge has encouraged many participants to extend their limits and to discover the benefits of the extra practice. Je sens la chaleur sous mes pieds ..Jean/ Moncton, NB It makes shovelling snow easier..Claude/ Dartmouth, NS Il faut en faire plusieurs chaque jour, pour sentir une différence […]
Osteoporosis – an Artist’s Story 1

Osteoporosis – an Artist’s Story

In November 2014 I accepted an invitation from the International Directors for an extended stay in Orangeville. The hardest bit was leaving my family for 9 weeks; they are grownups and live independent lives but it was still difficult and I missed the regular contact. We hadn’t been separated for that length of time before; […]
Tai Chi Is as Effective as Physical Therapy for Knee Osteoarthritis 1

Tai Chi Is as Effective as Physical Therapy for Knee Osteoarthritis

A study by Dr. Wang to evaluate the effectiveness of Tai Chi in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis (OA) symptoms concluded that tai chi reduces pain and improves physical function, self-efficacy, depression, and health-related quality of life for knee OA.   “Dr Wang has been quoted as saying: “The value of Tai Chi goes beyond physical therapy because […]
Strong leg muscles for a fit brain! 3

Strong leg muscles for a fit brain!

The brains and bodies of identical twins were compared over ten years and for the first time, a connection has been found between power in the lower limbs and healthy cognitive ageing. So, if you need a little extra motivation to get up and do your danyu’s (or any of our moves!) ….. Read article published on […]
Tai Chi & Psychotherapy for Better Sleep and More 0

Tai Chi & Psychotherapy for Better Sleep and More

Poor sleep is associated with increased inflammation, which may contribute to heart disease and a variety of other ailments. A new study has shown that cognitive behavioral therapy and tai chi, the Chinese exercise technique, may reduce both insomnia and inflammation….At one year after the treatment, compared with the control group, those on cognitive behavioral […]
Tai Chi Effective Physiotherapy for Knees 0

Tai Chi Effective Physiotherapy for Knees

Both Tai Chi and physical therapy positively impact pain, function and other symptoms of knee osteoarthritis — making Tai Chi a viable treatment alternative for people suffering with the degenerative disease, according to research presented this week at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Read full article >
Staying alive… 0

Staying alive…

While many of us are working hard to improve our health, Bob, a participant from Colchester in Great Britain, is just focussing on staying alive. Here is his story: 2 years ago I broke my arm and had to do everything with my left hand. The doctor told me the cause of the break was […]
Doctors reaching out to the Society and the community 0

Doctors reaching out to the Society and the community

There was a conference for Family Doctors in upstate New York on Chronic Disease Management. It was hosted by the Upstate Medical University, Department of Family Medicine, in Syracuse, NY. The director of that program contacted the Society and asked for a program as a final social event of the day. Four from the Ithaca […]
Study concludes: GP’s should prescribe Tai Chi 0

Study concludes: GP’s should prescribe Tai Chi

A Study by the University of British Columbia concluded that: “Tai Chi can improve some physical performance outcomes in four chronic conditions…but not at the expense of worsening pain or dyspnoea [breathlessness],” ……. “may provide a suitable exercise stimulus for people with several comorbidities,” and could be used as a complementary therapy in some long term conditions.” Read […]
Taoist Tai Chi helps with “very grim” Parkinson’s challenge 0

Taoist Tai Chi helps with “very grim” Parkinson’s challenge

Simple activities like putting on a coat were becoming a challenge for Assunta Scaini as she struggled with the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease such as constant tremors, stiffness, fatigue, poor balance and frequent falls. Assunta started practicing Taoist Tai Chi in Toronto 30 years ago. Within just a few weeks she started to feel good again […]
Physios to get an introduction to the health benefits of tai chi 0

Physios to get an introduction to the health benefits of tai chi

More than 50 physiotherapy staff in the Edinburgh area (UK) will attend an event showcasing the health benefits of  tai chi. The free evening event takes place on 16 September at the National Taoist Tai Chi Centre in Edinburgh. Jo Gordon, an occupational health physiotherapist with the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh’s staff physiotherapy service, said: […]
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