Thursday, September 09, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
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
'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
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.
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
Thursday, May 27, 2010
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: http://fifaworldcup2010updates.com/
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Thursday, April 01, 2010
Monday, March 01, 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.