Tai Chi is a gentle exercise with enormous health benefits and has been part of Chinese culture for centuries. Sometimes described as "meditation in motion," it could well be called "medication in motion" as there is growing evidence in the West that this mind-body practice, which originated in China as a martial art, has great value in treating or preventing many health problems. Of course the health benefits have been known for centuries in China and the great thing is you can get started straightaway, even if you wouldn’t consider yourself fit or in the best of health.
Tai Chi (sometimes written Tai Qi) is a slow-motion exercise that takes you through a series of movements with wonderful names hinting at their ancient source like "white crane spreads its wings"; or martial art moves such as "box both ears". As you move, you breathe deeply and naturally, focusing your attention on the sensation within the movements.
Tai chi differs from other types of exercise in several respects. The movements are usually circular and never forced, the muscles are relaxed rather than tensed, and the joints are not fully extended, bent, stretched or strained. Tai chi can be easily adapted for anyone - from the most fit and able, to those confined to wheelchairs or recovering from surgery.
At the Healthy Life Centre we have Ali Blaikie who is a 3rd Duan Wei instructor of Chen Tai Chi and Qigong, who runs classes on Tuesday evenings and other energy cultivating classes and workshops. He can be contacted directly at www.facebook.com/Breakthroughcombat for bookings and enquiries or through the Centre: email@example.com and
0131 229 0724.
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“…after months of agony I was pain free…”
What constitutes a miracle? Something completely unexpected? You be the judge. Here is the experience of someone who recently came to the Healthy Life Centre for Acupuncture to relieve back pain.
“A few months ago I injured my back and the pain was unbelievable. I suffered this for a couple of months after visiting my GP (who only gave me pain killers) and so I thought about trying acupuncture. At my first consultation Tom asked me lots of questions about my health and then it was time for the acupuncture, gulp! After a few minutes I asked him when he was going to start and he laughed and said, "I'm nearly finished". Ha ha! I hadn't felt the needles going in and after 20 minutes they were removed. Tom asked me to sit up and gently stretch my back. Oh I was so scared incase it was painful but it was ok! When I got off the treatment couch, I could squat, stretch and bend my legs, with no pain and lots of mobility. One session?! I couldn't believe it. I was so overwhelmed I started to cry - after months of agony I was pain free and have been pain free ever since!” (S. Grant, Edinburgh)
If you’d like to find out more about Acupuncture in Edinburgh, then please feel free to contact the Healthy Life Centre or our acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist Tom Lawrence and find out how Acupuncture can help your back pain and many other problems.
Wishing you good health!
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Forest Bathing sounds a bit like a new bath salt but it’s actually the practice of spending time in nature for relief of the stresses of modern living. In Japan, where it is a recognised therapeutic practice called Shinrin-yoku, Forest Bathing has over 30 official sites designated by Japan’s Forest Agency and you can even have a free medical check-up amidst the towering trees!
Of course we feel the effects instinctively when we take a walk in nature - it makes us feel good, and living in Scotland we are fortunate to have access to incredible countryside. And not that we need convincing but science has confirmed this through numerous studies that show being in nature lowers blood pressure and cortisol levels (stress hormones), and has many other benefits to health and wellbeing.
One researcher on forest bathing, Yoshifumi Miyazaki, from Chiba University says, “We were made to fit a natural environment. So we feel stress in an urban area. When we are exposed to nature, our bodies go back to how they should be.”
However if you can’t head for the woods an alternative is close at hand - you can experience similar benefits to wellbeing and health at the Healthy Life Centre in Edinburgh – home to restorative massage, reflexology, acupuncture, shiatsu, yoga, pilates, tai chi, reiki, chi gung and much more.
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