Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

June 19, 2013

Investing in Tai Chi: The Corporate Wellness Movement

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From The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi, by Peter M. Wayne, PhD, with Mark L. Fuerst

Page 245

Use Your Travel Time to and from Work to Practice Tai Chi Principles

“Sometimes on my way to work, I’ll practice slow, deep-breathing exercises.” “throughout the drive, I pay attention to my posture, including how I’m holding my arms on the steering wheel.”

Set Up Your Work Space

“The principles of efficient, supported postural alignment you leaned in Tai Chi training translate directly into how you sit at your desk.”

“These intuitive Tai Chi principles at your desk overlap with the rapidly growing field of ergonomics.”

“Heightened body awareness and sensitivity garnered through Tai Chi training may help you notice improper body alignment and strained postures at work. If you already have injuries due to repetitive strain on your joints, osteoarthritis, or back pain. Tai Chi may help you manage and minimize symptoms and allow you to work more easily. “… The ergonomics principles of Tai Chi apply not only to desk jobs but to physical tasks as well. One of my teachers, Robert Morningstar, has worked to integrate Tai Chi principles into vocations as diverse as those involving aircraft pilots, assembly-line workers who lift heavy objects, and cashiers at supermarkets.”

“… University of Vermont researchers investigated whether a Tai Chi workplace wellness program was a cost-effective way to improve physical and mental health, reduce work-related stress, and improve work productivity among older nurses (average age 54) who worked in a hospital. Six nurses attended Tai Chi classes once a week at the hospital and practiced on their own for 10 minutes each day at least four days per week for 15 weeks. Five other nurses did not do Tai Chi. During the study, the Tai Chi group took no time off of work, whereas the controls were absent for 49 hours. Tai Chi also led to a 3 percent increase in work productivity and a significant improvement in the functional reach of the nurses compared to the control group.”

[It’s a classic for a Tai Chi person to talk about “always” doing Tai Chi. It makes no sense to the average person, but we mean it. The breathing, the body mechanics, the relaxation, the concentrated focus of attention, and the philosophy of non-resistance. These principles are all resourceful in any context. When I crashed my bicycle at high speed several years ago, it was Tai Chi that saved me: in a flash I had rolled on the asphalt and came up onto my feet, holding the bike out at arms length with one hand. There was not even a scratch. And that’s not the only time the “self-defense” application has come into play. Tai Chi probably saved my life in a high speed freeway incident in which I had less than two seconds to make three critical moves to avoid crashes with any one of several cars – no one hit anything because I made those moves. It was one of those “slow motion” (“Matrix”) moments… at 60 miles per hour. I credit Tai Chi.]

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