Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

June 13, 2013

The Harvard Medical School Guide To Tai Chi – A Book Review31

Oblique Single Whip 1/4

Oblique Single Whip 1/4

Oblique Single Whip 2/4

Oblique Single Whip 2/4

Oblique Single Whip 3/4

Oblique Single Whip 3/4

Oblique Single Whip 4/4

Oblique Single Whip 4/4

Chapter 12

On-the-job Tai Chi

“Work is an obvious, very relevant place to explore the integration of Tai Chi at work. If you have a full time job, you probably spend much of your time day at work. Work is likely part of your identity. But work can be stressful. In fact, the Institute for Stress reports that job-related pressure is the top source of stress for Americans. Surveys of workers show that 80 percent feel stress on the job, nearly half say they need help in managing stress. Other ominous health statistics show that occupational pressures and hazards are responsible for 30 percent of worker’s back pain, and that 60 percent of workers routinely complain of work-related neck pain, 44 percent say they have eyestrain, 38 percent feel hand pain, and 34 percent have difficulty sleeping.”

About the Photos

This completes Section I of the Long Round Hand Form. By the time you have learned this much of the Form, a Single Whip will have begun to feel possible and look reasonable. The hips will have been opened up (improved range of motion). The legs much stronger. You will be able to relax much better. And your breathing will be deeper, slower and fuller.

At the college we teach this much of the Form in ten weeks, and most students can perform all but the final couple of moves by themselves by then. It’s a great start toward learning the rest of the Form.

And if you did nothing else in the way of exercise this ten to fifteen minutes of exercise, done as a daily practice, would be priceless in terms of all the benefits it bestows. Imagine coming to work and participating in a ten to fifteen minute tai chi class before starting your work duties. Imagine completing your work day with another ten to fifteen minutes of tai chi class before driving home from work. This is precisely what The Mayo Clinic researchers began recommending last year. Now The Harvard Medical School’s Guide to Tai Chi makes the same recommendation.

All it takes is an employer who really wants to lower their health care costs, decrease on-the-job-injuries, and improve productivity and employee job satisfaction. That and a phone call (425-348-5207).

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