Thursday, September 09, 2010

Tai Chi and Cardiac Rehabilitation-Mayo Clinic

Video shows Tai chi & gentle push hands being used for patients in the Mayo Clinic.
Some doctors at the clinic have embraced Tai Chi and are teaching it to
their patients.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Tai chi helps Fibromyalgia- England Journal of Medicine

New study published in The New England Journal of Medicine shows Tai chi helps in Fibromyalgia- a disease characterized by chronic widespread pain throughout the body - in the muscle and connective tissue.

The New York Times writes:

The ancient Chinese practice of tai chi may be effective as a therapy for fibromyalgia, according to a study published on Thursday in The New England Journal of Medicine.

A clinical trial at Tufts Medical Center found that after 12 weeks of tai chi, patients with fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition, did significantly better in measurements of pain, fatigue, physical functioning, sleeplessness and depression than a comparable group given stretching exercises and wellness education. Tai chi patients were also more likely to sustain improvement three months later.

“It’s an impressive finding,” said Dr. Daniel Solomon, chief of clinical research in rheumatology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, who was not involved in the research. “This was a well-done study. It was kind of amazing that the effects seem to carry over.” More>>

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Messages from water

'Be Like Water my friend'.

Water is a model and an inspiration for Tai chi chuan - its softness, formlessness, its lowness. But also its power as it conquers hardness (rock included).

Water also flows around, and have curves.

But in addition to what we know about water, there is fascinating results from the experiments from Dr. Masaru Emoto with water.

Basically water respond to words, intentions and even music. In the image above, "Love and Gratitude" is pasted to the container holding the water.

This is a further insights gained about the wisdom of using helpful words towards yourself (and others). As we have taught for the past 2 decades (since 1980's)- words can help you or hurt you; so choose words that help.

Watch the interview with Dr Emoto:

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Usana Health Sciences Inc - company and products

I am reviewing several well known products manufactured by Nutritional companies.

In this series I'm looking at nutritional companies both of conventional marketing (through the stores) and importantly also about those companies who market via distributors by Network marketing channels. This is to give you more initial information about the companies that the distributors talk to you about.

We start with Usana Health Sciences.

Usana Health Sciences Inc is a public listed company in the New York Stock Exchange (USNA).

Usana is now a extremely large and successful health and wellness network marketing (or MLM) company. The products consists of a many health-care, nutritional products and skin-care products, in addition to a home-based business opportunity if you join as a distributor and market their products.

Usana was founded in 1992 by Dr. Myron Wentz, a microbiologist and immunologist. HQ is in West Valley, Utah in the USA.

Popular USANA products include: USANA Essentials, HealthPak, Probiotic, Calcium.
Others of high interest include Rev3 Energy drink, Sense beauty products, BiOmega™ and usana CoQuinone30, Proflavanol.

A majority of these products are manufactured in the United States. Usana nutrition and skin care products are now sold in many expanding international markets.

As of 2009, Usana products are marketed in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, Mexico, Malaysia and The Philippines.

As a home based or MLM (network marketing business), Usana uses a binary compensation plan. You build a left-team and a right-team simultaneously. One of the benefit of this compensation plan is that there is no monthly group volume requirements. Commissions are paid out based on group sale volume (GSV).

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Fifa World cup - updates

The Fifa World Cup 2010 in South Africa. See the latest news, results, videos here.

Download TV broadcast schedules on ESPN.

Your favorite teams: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Spain, Portugal etc.

*Click Here!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Sports and fitness : Fifa world cup is round the corner

Sports and sporting life is a key corner stone to wellness and health.

Once in four years, the World Cup of football comes into the world's stage. Fans and importantly "non- fans" also get swept in and watch the action and excitement of the competition.

It is scheduled to take place between 11 June and 11 July 2010.

We'll be catching the action, videos and results on our site:

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Photo slide show from the Health & Happiness Festival that we took part in at the Marriott Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Tai chi Push Hands workshop in Kuala Lumpur

Just completed the Tai chi push hands (Taiji tui shou) Level 1 workshop in our Ampang centre on the 27th March 2010.

Monday, March 01, 2010

Sharing Tai chi insights on Health and Wellness at Health and Happiness Festival 2010

I'll be speaking at the Health and Happiness Festival 2010 at the JW Marriott in KL.

Now is a good time to reflect on the evolution and progress of the understanding of Tai chi, and its benefit to the society.

The Festival will draw the general public, especially those who have an interest in health and wellness and happiness.  They would include people interested in the mind-body connection.  Other healers will also visit and speak or have a booth at the festival.

In my 30+ years of teaching Tai chi chuan, I see the following as important contributions of the art to present day society:

  • Quieting the mind
  • Raising the awareness and consciousness of the body
  • Ridding the body/mind of stiffness, awkwardness and tension
  • Harnessing the healing power of chi (qi)
  • Helping with striking a Balance - between 'achieving', striving, and goal-orientation & relaxing, allowing and flowing.
  • Overcoming hardness with softness
  • Coordination between the breath, body sensation and movements
  • Meditation without ever having to sit in a cross legged position

The Festival is scheduled for 20th and 21st March 2010.  This is the second year that the Health and Happiness Festival is held in Malaysia.

More details here:

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Monday, February 08, 2010

Tai chi featured on TV3 on Malaysia Hari Ini

Master E.K and the students were interviewed for the popular morning show, Malaysia Hari Ini at our Bukit Damansara, KL class.