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March 31, 2017

How Slow Breathing Induces Tranquility

Filed under: Exercise, General Health & Wellness, Meditation, Tai Chi Chuan, Wellness care — Tags: , , — doctordilday @ 12:02 pm

This is from Neuroscience News…

Breathing is basic. Better breathing is healthy. Access to breath control through training is access to relaxation. (We could go on all day about that by itself, and on this Blog I have – if you search the terms you will find many Posts). And relaxation is key to stress management on many many levels. (Right now I am reading The Unthinkable, where the importance of breath control is highlighted as the primary means of controlling fear in an emergency situation.)

March 26, 2017

Dr. Weil on Tai Chi: File Under: Not News But Nice To Know That He Is On Board



For Tai Chi Students: Inspiration




February 10, 2017

For Tai Chi Students: Sword Form Comparisons

Worth a look – lots of room for conversation.



January 24, 2017

She couldn’t wait to tell me…

The first patient in the office this morning said that she was amazed at what happened when she practiced the breathing exercise I gave her on her last visit.

Patients show up, usually, with some ache or pain. Once that is dealt with there are often underlying or other issues that come up; stress-related tension is common.

For that and many other reasons we often teach people how to breath, if they are interested. How to breath, so you can relax, so you will be less tense, so you can hold your chiropractic adjustments, so you will feel better: it all goes together.

Anyway, I gave her the most basic of breathing instructions; the same one I give every patient, every tai chi student, and anyone else that cares to listen (It is probably on the Blog somewhere in fact.). She tried it, and…

Almost immediately fell asleep.

(She was pleasantly stunned and amazed.)


January 17, 2017

For Tai Chi Students: A Great Review of Tai Chi by Dan Docherty

May 16, 2016

Lincoln Plaza, Bellevue WA

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This is where I did Tai chi at 7 a.m. on Saturday. Beautiful huh? (You can’t tell but it was even better than it looks: the sound of flowing water was everywhere…)

I was attending a seminar across the street at the Bellevue Club starting at 8 a.m. and I knew that I would be mostly sitting until 5 p.m., so I got there early and did both the left and right Long Round Hand Form. On person came and went while I was there. There were no other interruptions.

With Tai chi you can wear whatever you are wearing  – within reason. I wear clothes that work for the occasion, and work for doing Tai chi. With Tai chi you really only need a reasonably flat spot and a little space: parking lots, airport terminals, tennis courts, parks, banquet rooms, have all served me well in a pinch.

Tai chi takes away a lot of excuses while delivering ‘the perfect exercise’.

May 2, 2016

A Great Success, And A Lot Of Fun

Our World Tai Chi & Qigong Day event on Saturday went well. There was a good turn out of regulars and strangers (thanks Everett Herald!), the weather was perfect, and everyone had a good time. Afterward we had a potluck lunch and watched Tai Chi videos of my teacher and his teacher… so everyone also learned!

Here are a few of my more persistent students…


April 12, 2016

101 Benefits of Exercise.41

Research overwhelmingly shows that regular exercise lowers the risk for many diseases, enhances the functioning of virtually every physiological system in the human body and improves psychological well-being.

41. Increases the density and breaking strength of ligaments and bones.

One of the advantages of Tai Chi is that you do not have to move. Static postures have an amazing range of benefits: including this bone density enhancement aspect. Think of all the implications. I could go on and on about, but… I already have, here. You can’t really appreciate the value of static postures until you have spent a few minutes in one:-)

I will be Posting a benefit every day – well, most days – from a list put together by Dr. Dave Phillips, M.D. He is an M.D. from Atlanta, GA who specializes in Sports Medicine. As a former All-American swimmer he knows a few things about exercise. He is also on the JuicePlus+ Health Advisory Board. He is also all over YouTube doing videos on JuicePlus+, exercise, and other health-related topics.

This list of benefits of exercise will help you to remember why working out is a priority IF you want to be healthy (if you don’t want to be healthy then you are reading the wrong Blog!)

March 30, 2016




From Charles Russo’s Fightland Blog… 

“Clinical studies in recent years have linked practicing tai chi to a wide range of health benefits, including the reduction of heart disease, curbing stress and improving the overall physical well-being of seniors. Last year, the British Journal of Sports Medicine suggested that the beneficial attributes of practicing tai chi were substantial enough that it should possibly even be “prescribed” by doctors to address a variety of conditions, including diabetes and arthritis.”

A great and interesting story that adds a lot of context to the history of Chinese martial arts in the U.S., the huge contribution of two woman, and interesting fact that you have never heard of either of them – even though they shattered many glass ceilings in their time.

October 14, 2015

Tai Chi a Cornerstone of Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Oregon Curbs the Use of Opioids and Makes Way for Alternative Treatments

Recently, the health journey of an Oregon resident was featured on NPR. Doris Keene’s story highlights a serious problem — one that millions of Americans face every year. 

Doris Keene, a 59-year-old Oregonian and Portland resident, had been an active lady for most of her life. She had raised four children and walked everywhere — in true Portland style. However, when her health took a turn for the worse, Doris’s doctor prescribed her opioids as a form of pain relief. As is often the case, the drugs gradually gave her less relief from the pain, and she eventually developed an addiction to the opioids.

Keene described her opioid use in an NPR interview, “My body was saying, ‘Well, if I take another one, maybe it’ll work.’ So, I mean, that’s just human nature. Especially when you’re in the kind of pain I was in. You get to the point after months and months of pain where you’re begging for anything — anything — to relieve the pain.”

Opioids are often seen as magical pain pills that will make everything better, but the reality of opioid use is very different. Unfortunately, doctors are quick to pull out prescription pads and send patients to the pharmacy for Vicodin and muscle relaxants. In 2012, more than 900,000 Oregonians, a quarter of the state’s population was prescribed opioids. Moreover, one-third of the state’s drug-related hospitalizations were due to opioid abuse.

Keene eventually found alternative treatments, like acupuncture, as a non-opioid way to ease her pain and help her live a fuller life in her approaching golden years. David Eisen, the executive director of the Quest Center for Integrative Health in Portland, where Keene now receives her treatment, urges doctors to stop looking to opioids as a first line of defense.

Eisen, or “Dr. Dave” as some patients call him, is board certified in traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture. “There should be an array of things for people to choose from,” Eisen told NPR, “whether it be chiropractic care, or naturopathic care, or acupuncture, nutrition, massage. Try those things — and if they don’t work, you use opioids as a last resort.”

The state of Oregon agrees with Eisen, and urges people who are suffering from illnesses or injuries to try alternative medicine first, in lieu of prescription painkillers. In January 2016, Oregon will bring in the New Year by funding alternative treatments under the Oregon Health Plan, the state’s version of Medicaid.

Map of the U.S. state of OregonAlternative treatments like acupuncture, yoga, meditation and other ancient Eastern medicines are the natural, safer choice. Prescription pain medication has been shown to lead to addiction and other severe health problems, like kidney and liver damage. People in Oregon who are in need of pain intervention will now be able to turn to alternative medicine.

Alternative medicine, specifically traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) dates back thousands of years. It still exists today because it is an effective form of therapy. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, “TCM practitioners use herbal medicines and various mind and body practices, such as acupuncture and tai chi, to treat or prevent health problems.”  The center’s website states, “In a 2012 analysis that combined data on individual participants in 29 studies of acupuncture for pain, patients who received acupuncture for back or neck pain, osteoarthritis, or chronic headache had better pain relief than those who did not receive acupuncture.”

One of TCM’s cornerstone alternative treatments is tai chi. Research published this month in the British Journal of Sports Medicine (2015) found tai chi to benefit “individuals with four common chronic conditions—cancer, osteoarthritis (OA), heart failure (HF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).” State and federal health programs can no longer ignore the health benefits of alternative treatments and TCM. In a country with serious drug abuse problems, prescribed opioids should be a treatment option that is far down on the list of medical interventions.

October 9, 2015

Tai Chi – More Research on Benefits

“Newly published research in the British Journal of Sports Medicine (2015), conducted by Dr. Yi-Wen Chen and colleagues at the Department of Physical Therapy, University of British Columbia, Canada, found that tai chi can be beneficial to people suffering with chronic illnesses.”

This site is always cluttered with Ads but the story is a good one and the research is new and insightful.

Tai Chi really is “the perfect exercise.”

Actually that reminds me a story one of my tai chi students told last night at class. He had seen his medic for a regular (I think) check up and the guy mentioned that my student was in the best shape since they had met. The medical doctor asked what he had been doing and gave a little demo, then the medical doctor said, “it looks like the perfect exercise.” Right on! Class starts Monday night, 7 p.m. at Peak Health & Fitness on the corner of Hewitt and Rucker in downtown Everett. The fee is only $10!

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