Reduce Fatigue and Anxiety

Here’s a great Qigong exercise to help reduce fatigue and anxiety, as well as increase flexibility in the neck, chest and forearms.  Practice this simple exercise throughout your day, taking breaks from long stints behind the computer or after long car rides.  Only a few minutes a day will return great benefits.  For more instruction, schedule your first class HERE.

3 Ways to Reduce Tension

When practicing Tai Chi, Qigong or stretching, our main goal should be to first identify an area of warmth or resistance, then secondly remove the resistance.  Ideally, the removal of tension should be more than physical.  Our body is incredibly adaptive, and once the tension has found a home, our tissue quickly remembers.  Here are a few tools to break the ‘pattern’ of tension in the body.

  1.  Identify the tension.  For most, we never take the time to actually recognize that a part of our body is stressed.  Simply bringing attention to the resistance can release the holding.
  2. Breath into the tension.  If identifying the tension doesn’t trigger a release, next bring ‘breath’ to the area of resistance.  As you breath in deeply, imagine expansion in the area affected by the tension.  Visualize the area expanding, as if blowing up a balloon.  A few breathes in and out may be enough to release the tissue or blockage.
  3. Contract/release the tissue.  Lastly, if the tension still persists, bring a slight contraction to the area.  Once you regain control of the tissue, then fully release.

Muscle tension and holding patterns can be very strong, so be persistent with your practice and you’ll soon realize a healthier, freer body.

Summer Class Schedule

As movement classes begin in July, be sure to sign-up on-line, as class sizes are limited to 10.  Here’s a run down of the schedule for Tai Chi, Qigong, Meditation and Dynamic Integration.

Monday
– Tai Chi / Qigong — 12:15pm
– Qigong Meditation — 5:15pm
– Dynamic Integration — 5:30pm

Tuesday
– Dynamic Integration — 12:15pm
– Qigong Meditation — 5:15pm
– Tai Chi / Qigong — 5:30pm

Wednesday
– Dynamic Integration — 6:15am
– Tai Chi / Qigong — 12:15pm

Thursday
– Tai Chi / Qigong — 6:15am
– Dynamic Integration — 12:15pm

Looking forward to seeing you in July!

Scheduler Now Open — Tai Chi, Qigong, & Dynamic Integration

Tai Chi, Qigong, & Dynamic Integration available now to schedule.

Classes begin in July.  Here’s the format for each:

Tai Chi / Qigong — 45 min ($10)

Dynamic Integration — 45 min ($10)

Qigong Meditation — 15 min (Free)

Drop-in rate is $10.  If you plan on attending 2 or more sessions/week, I’ll be offering unlimited classes in July at a special rate of $75.

For the time being, movement classes will be cash/check only, payable at the beginning of class.

I intend on working out a pre-pay or per-week payment scenario as I see interest growing.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Vote Now — What times are best for Tai Chi, Qigong, and Movement Classes

As July approaches, I’m settling in on a schedule for movement classes.  Take a second and vote below for your preferred time or times.  You can also ‘write in’ a time under the ‘other’ option.  If you’re unable to click on the polling image, be sure to leave your choice in the ‘reply’ section at the bottom of the page.  Thanks!

What times are best for movement classes?
Mornings 6:15am
Afternoons 12:15pm
Evenings 5:30pm
Other
Please Specify:

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Video — Start Your Tai Chi Practice Today

As you prepare for you first Tai Chi class, here’s a short tutorial on the opening movement.  Seemingly simplistic, understanding this movement will solidify your fundamentals and strengthen all other movements in your Tai Chi practice.  Try practicing five minutes a day, either first thing as you wake or at the end of your work day.  Classes begin July 2017 and scheduling will be available June 2017.

Video — Qigong for Hand and Elbow Symptoms

If you’re experiencing numb/tingling hands or burning on the inside of the elbow, try this Qigong exercise to find relief.  ‘Nerve pain’ is often caused by an entrapment of tight muscle and bound fascia.  A daily practice is important to keep these tissues healthy; try to find time (5 – 10 minutes) while at work, to pull away from the computer and move.

Classes will be available July 2017 and scheduling will be available June 2017.  Be sure to sign up and learn more about this great healing tool.

What is Dynamic Integration

Dynamic Integration, a unique movement concept, developed by Darold Starliper, Jr., bridges the gap between the structural integration table and the moving body.  While guided through three phases (awaken, support, and extend), students learn to identify resistance in their range of motion and determine the appropriate movement to eliminate the blockage.

During a typical class, students will follow their instructor through an exploration of movement involving warming-up, strengthening and stretching of muscles and joints.  Movements are tiered to allow all students, regardless of current ability, to participate.

Comfortable clothes should be worn, to allow full range during class, though most movements can be performed in everyday clothes.

Darold’s vision for Dynamic Integration is to provide a low-impact, highly effective, and easy-to-use system to strengthen and stretch the body.  Students should walk away from a class feeling invigorated, stronger, longer and have tools to use throughout all aspects of their day-to-day living.

Classes will begin July 2017 and scheduling will be available June 2017.  Be sure sign up prior to your first class.

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