Movement and Therapeutic Exercise
A devoted Chinese Medicine practitioner may study, practice and teach a form of Tai chi or Qigong, which means “life energy cultivation” and is traditionally seen as a method to cultivate and balance qi. The practice involves rhythmic movement, focused breathing, and concentrated awareness. Qigong is a safe and gentle meditative exercise form that promotes healing of the mind and body. I am happy to educate, support and encourage anyone to study and practice within these remarkable models. As with many forms of movement or exercise we see in our typical large city environment, there are varied teaching styles and approaches. It’s pertinent to note that it can sometimes be difficult to identify with an approach from an unfamiliar traditional culture. Qigong and Tai chi are easily obscured by the growing predominance of athletic and fitness centers, recreational sports, personal trainers, running and walking programs , home exercise equipment, swimming, yoga, dance, pilates and more.
If injury, pain, health concerns, being “out of shape”, the humility of the aging process or general lack of experience inhibits your will or makes choosing any path beyond the status quo difficult, it may be time for thoughtful re-examination and or coaching. A plan that can be executed quickly and simply at home may improve health and accelerate your recovery from pain and therefore be an appropriate choice short term. It’s important to understand and distinguish between any movement and exercise discipline for therapeutic purposes and what may work for you for prevention, recreation or to complement your overall health.
If you already have experience and confidence with therapeutic or any other exercise model, there may be little to discuss or review here; however, acute or chronic pain may dictate the need for a very specific strategy, short term or long term. Let’s learn together what makes sense for you.