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A sensational 20th anniversary workshop in Sydney, come fly with us!

Dr Lam Tai Chi for Health Newsletter 
- Issue Number 198, February 2018

 

In this issue:

Hello <<First Name>>,

Happy New Year!

Twenty-one years ago, I had a dream. I dreamed that it would be nice to have people from everywhere who love tai chi to come together in a friendly interactive environment. We can share and develop our tai chi, friendship and positive energy. Have a great time enriching our lives! I shared my dream with my tai chi school Better Health Tai Chi Chuan; as usual, my colleagues were very supportive. But some of them were a lot more realistic than me, they asked: “Who is going to come, how will they know about us, and how is it going to run?”

I didn’t have any answer for any of those questions, but I was full of passion of this. It is my colleagues, especially the instructors, who made it happen. So, I want to first pay tribute to my colleagues. Would you join us in this video “20 Years in Five Minutes”? Click here to see the Opening Ceremony in a YouTube video.

Our 20th-anniversary workshop was sensational! We had around 150 participants from 11 countries. Like a pebble on a pond, one never knows how far the ripple is going.

Over the years, many tai chi trees and forest germinated here, including the Tai Chi for Health vision. My Tai Chi for Health programs have reached over 10 million people. The vision is supported by numerous organisations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc.gov) recommended my Tai Chi for Arthritis program for fall prevention, and health departments and arthritis foundations around the world support our programs. Recently one of our master trainers, Linda Arksey won the HRH Prince of Wales Award for Integrative Medicine. The royal endorsement compliment perfectly with the world’s top medical institution - CDC.
Let me share with you the spectacular and beautiful tai chi on the beach from the sky, the Winning of HRH Prince of Wales Award and crowning of the "Tai Chi Princess of Wales", the most helpful and informative Tuesday evening seminar, morning talks, demonstrations and my 70th birthday dinner in this and ensuing issues.

I would like to thank you for your wonderful birthday presents at my gift page. Thanks, Nuala and your European team for the personal graphic! Thanks Richard for a priceless photo of the USAF Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team with signatures of all the pilots. Many good wishes and presents!
I will be producing a new documentary with the working title “Enjoy Learning Tai Chi, Anyone Can” - watch this page.

If you are interested in the Chen 56 Forms for my Master Class in June, please note the criteria is changed to a video of 36 or any other Chen set for an audition. For any enquiry please email manager@tchi.org. I am looking forward to seeing you at one of the coming workshops.

Yours in Tai Chi,


Paul Lam, MD
Director
taichiforhealthinstitute.org

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Finding My Way to Tai Chi

Glenora Kivador, Instructor, Pittsburgh


Around 2011, I started thinking, “How can I help the elderly?” Really did not know where to start, I started to research Exercise Science. With this degree, I could work toward a foundation for helping the elderly without becoming a Physical Therapist (don’t get me wrong, I love Physical Therapists, I just did not to spend another six years in school to get my Doctorate in P.T., a U.S. requirement)

So I put my application in a couple of Universities, and was contacted by two of them. I had decided on one, but the requirements were 8 hour days, four days a week spent in a classroom. That would not work, I needed employment to pay the bills, but I did not give up.

I had attended a Personal Trainer workshop (what part of my degree will encompass), made some friends in the weekend workshop. I had contacted the instructor a week later about my dilemma on going to school and working. He told me to try online courses. I did, and hopefully this year of 2018, I will graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science.

In between 2016 and 2017, I had seen articles about Tai Chi. It promised to be an interesting concept, and the fulfillment of balance and stabilization. Now, that was what I was thinking, and the quest was on.

I was at a fitness center, and I was looking into a membership, and on the tour, a flyer caught my eye.  I never caught who the instructor was, but I remember clearly what was written, “Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention.” Wow, I thought, a coup (not to mention that I nearly walked into a doorway frame while passing the small sign).  As we came around again, at the same doorframe, I saw the note again, and noted the emblem on the sign (yours), and again, nearly walking into the doorframe (since I was paying attention to the sign and not to where I was going), I knew then and there I would have to do research.

I googled the phrase “Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention” low and behold your site came up.  Hmm, a problem, you are located in Australia, and I am in the United States (Pittsburgh, PA).  What to do. I googled “Any Tai Chi in Pittsburgh?” Yes, indeed there was, and Gurney Bolster’s site came up. Nice. I signed up, I was hooked. When I had decided to pursue my degree, becoming a Tai Chi Instructor was one of my goals. So I asked Gurney, how do I become an instructor? She had pointed me in the direction of Meghan Bryant, who was teaching in Dubois PA in 2016. The rest is history.

I still am pursuing other parts of Tai Chi, so I am content on learning more, from our family. I am also pursuing other modalities of preventing falls, injury, etc in the elderly, as well as other things that I want to attach to my degree.

I enjoyed your coming to Pittsburgh Pennsylvania in October of 2017. I had a great time. I enjoy your educational CD’s, but that cannot make up for seeing you in person.

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A Review of 2017

Lyn Shiels, Instructor, UK


As 2017 is coming to an end, it gives me great pleasure to take a trip back down memory lane over the past 12 months and to share with you and our Tai Chi for Health extended family my highlights for this year. 
 
The first one was in  April when I arranged a "martial arts" day for charity, inviting other different types of classes to join me and my members to put on a little display for the local community.
 
As usual my members didn't disappoint me and we performed the DIABETES and the ARTHRITIS routines managing to raise £1,200.
 
My second highlight has been invitations to so many schools to teach Tai Chi for Kids and I have reached out to nearly 200 children by giving them the chance to experience Tai Chi for themselves and their teachers.
 
I work extremely hard at all my 15 classes here in the UK and it's wonderful to see so many people wanting to learn Tai Chi for Health and their continued support is appreciated because without them I would not have been able to grow myself and have so many experiences.

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Yin and Yang in Action, Part One

Morag McDade, Senior Trainer, Scotland


Morag is involved in teaching tai chi at a retirement facility where they have had great success by involving young children. For Part Two, see the upcoming March newsletter.   
 

Starting with the Old (or the Less Young!)

My name is Morag McDade, and I am a Senior Trainer in Scotland (UK) with Dr Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for Health Institute.

For several months, through our local Health and Wellness Hub outreach service, I have been providing a weekly Tai Chi for Health class to the very elderly residents of a local care home. Most of the residents are non-ambulant or have very limited mobility and/or risk of falling. Most also have significant physical and/or cognitive challenges, including varying stages of vascular dementia, Alzheimer's Disease, and in some cases depressive illness. In addition to the permanent residents, there are also those who come into the care home for varying periods of respite before returning home.

On taking up her post as Senior Activity Coordinator at Parksprings Care Home in Motherwell, Scotland, Rosemary (Rosie) Brennan was quick to recognise the residents’ great need for appropriate daily physical and mental stimulation, paired with relaxation and social interaction.  After carrying out some research she felt that Tai Chi for Health sessions might be an effective way of providing all of these benefits.
Care Home manager Charlie Allan agreed, The Health and Wellness Hub was contacted and so our first block of Tai Chi for Health classes began. I went along to meet Rosie, some of the staff, and of course the residents of Parksprings. Rosie is forward-looking and enthusiastic about improving every aspect of the daily lives of those in her charge, and we now work together, with Rosie participating along with the residents each week and meeting with me afterwards to reflect on how the session has gone. 

We have collaborated on a funding application that she is working on and I was able to tell Rosie about Dr Lam and the Tai Chi for Health Institute, and provide her with links to a number of important published medical studies and medical journal articles.  I provided details of the many accrediting organisations worldwide who recognise the efficacy of Tai Chi for Health programmes for such aspects as improvement of general health and wellbeing, and for the prevention of falls. 

These organisations include Arthritis Care in the UK;  in the USA, The Center for Disease Control, which recommends The Tai Chi for Arthritis program by Dr Lam ‘’…as an exercise form to prevent falls among older adults”, The Administration on Aging and the Association of Physical Therapists;   and in Australia, Arthritis Australia and Diabetes Australia.

In New Zealand, the Accident Compensation Corporation has collaborated with the Institute to teach and train the Tai Chi for Arthritis programme for Falls Prevention.  Information on all of these and more examples can be found on the Tai Chi for Health Institute website www.taichiforhealthinstitute.org
 
The first sessions went very well, with many of the assembled residents (around 20) participating at various levels in Seated TCA. It was very encouraging to note both their interest and their obvious desire to copy the gentle, flowing movements. Some were a little reticent or self-conscious at first, but it was wonderful to see these same people beginning to join in intermittently with even one or two of the movements as the weeks passed. Some napped on and off during the session, but joined in each time they woke up!  The Warm-ups were very popular, and it was wonderful to see enthusiasm, participation and alertness develop week by week.  One gentleman told me that the movements reminded him of watching David Attenborough’s Blue Planet programmes and seeing sea kelp flowing back and forth with the movement of the water. Beautiful imagery and very much in line with a major underlying principle of Tai Chi – moving slowly, smoothly and continuously like flowing water!

A simple daily practice sheet was prepared, so that care staff who participated in the sessions could confidently encourage residents to do a little Tai Chi every day, (using only the Open and Close movement).
 

Checking Our Progress


An informal study has been devised by Rosie to look at the mind and body health benefits of this medically proven Tai Chi input, with five of the participants currently being observed and rated each week on a small set of parameters, such as increased range of movement, motivation, and level of mood.  She will share her results with The Care Inspectorate, who regulate and inspect care services here in Scotland and it is hoped that the results will also assist future funding bids, helping to secure long-term provision of beneficial activities for the residents. A major thrust is to improve general mobility and confidence in walking, addressing the problem of the high incidence of falls, resulting serious injury and hospitalisation in the elderly population.  A further benefit is the raising of awareness of Tai Chi for Health programmes, and their potential for health improvement and falls prevention in the elderly.


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Product Review Prize Winners


Every month we choose the best reviews posted on the Tai Chi Productions website. Be sure to post your review whenever you make a purchase as you may be chosen to win a mystery prize.

Congratulations to Kym! Please contact us within one week to claim your prize. You can see the review below. Do be sure to post your review when you make a purchase to win a mystery prize.


Product:  Sun Style 73 Forms

 Rated 4 out of 5 stars 
Posted by: Kym Goodman

"Greetings Tai Chi friends. 
Well done on the presentation of all your DVDs. I have practised and taught TC on a voluntary basis for nearly 10 years. The DVDs help me to fine tune the principles and keep improving my TC. What is also great about the DVDs, is being able to watch in slow motion if necessary. The messages are excellent as I love getting that deeper understanding of TC, which I pass onto my students. 

Thanks Dr Lam and team. You are all Shiners."



Congratulations Kym, please contact service@tchi.org to receive your prize.

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Humour, Laughter and Radiant Health

Dr Bob McBrien, Master Trainer, Salisbury, MD, USA


With St. Valentines Day taking place in February, I wanted to offer humor with a love theme for this months essay. Some readers will remember Art Linkletter's  "House Party" TV program; Art included a segment where he interviewed children. The audience laughter generated when kids would say the darnedest things' was the high point of the program  (Enjoy Art interviewing kids on YouTube, search Art Linkletter kids say the darndest things).

Listening to children explain their views of the world frequently generates laughter. I think our laughter is amplified by the positive emotions associated with the innocence of the child's explanation. A delightful example is children's views on romance, love and marriage. Their explanations help us understand where they are developmentally and provide us with many good laughs. Here are a few samples of how young children answered questions about love and romance.

What Is the Proper Age to Get Married?

Once I'm done with kindergarten, I'm going to find a wife! (Tom, 5)

* Is It Better to Be Single or Married?

It's better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need somebody to clean up after them! (Lynette, 9)

It gives me a headache to think about that stuff. I'm just a kid. I don't need that kind of trouble (Kenny, 7).

* On What Falling in Love Is Like

Like an avalanche where you have to run for your life (Roger, 9).

If falling in love is anything like learning how to spell, I don't want to do it. It takes too long (Leo, 7).

* Why do people in love hold hands

They want to make sure their rings don't fall off because they paid good money for them (Dave, 8).

*"I'm not rushing into being in love.  I'm finding fourth grade hard enough" (Regina, age 10).


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