One who makes a show of himself does not shine
One who affirms himself is not recognized
One who shows off has no credit
One who knows others is smart
One who knows himself is brilliant
One who speaks does not know
One who knows does not speak
The Sage holds on to oneness and becomes the model
in the land
Precisely because he does not compete
Nobody in the land can compete
Wisdom consists of being led by your own inherent nature -
See and Hear yourself
People who only see and hear others
And never see and hear themselves
Constantly try and control others
And are constantly jealous of what others
Possess and enjoy.
In modern language, just because you can talk the talk doesn't mean you can walk the walk! Too much energy is put into saying what can be done (spinning) and and not enough energy into just doing it! Just because you can afford PR it doesn't mean you're efficient! The above poem has relevance to the Meeting Point's stubbornly continuing dispute with the bullying Royal Mail , and with Ki Publishing's determination to prevent others being sucked into a printing nightmare
New England Journal of Medicine is a company registered by Kevin Crawley. From being a banker, Kevin turned his career into that of Tai Chi teacher; Tai Chi healer (Buqi); and Qi-gung instructor.
In her book The Hidden Path, (ISBN 978-0-9555617-0-2) published by Oshadhi Publishing, Vanessa Graham describes her first meeting with Kevin Crawley.
"I felt naturally drawn to Tai Chi " (... one day our local teacher was ill ...) "and his tutor came to take the class. I was immediately taken by his quiet steady manner. He did not converse with the group, just started teaching and left without a word at the end. Instinct told me he could give the answers I needed, and I asked my teacher to see if he would take me on a one to one basis. That was in the hope that the energies could be used to heal my skin complaint. He took me on. I appreciated the calm and stillness that surrounded his teaching, slowly when learning the Tai Chi form I began to get a better feel of the energies. When our regular teacher left, Kevin took over the class," (... and now, nearly 5 years later,..) he is moving on to practicing Falun Gong, which he, (personally) feels channels his energy more effectively than does Tai Chi ." Dan Millman is US-based, and a former world-champion athlete, university coach, martial arts instructor, and college professor.
What are Rising Phoenix Tai Chi and Qi-gung ?
Without the use of drugs or special equipment, these ancient exercise systems, based on Taoist principles and Traditional Chinese Medicine can help those who practice Tai Chi to achieve better health, and to live a longer, more harmonious, life.
Tai Chi Chuan and Qi-gung , (pronounced Chi Kung), use a sequences of graceful, gentle movements, developed by martial arts masters centuries ago. These promote wholeness and health, through body alignment, which is achieved through gentle stretching, and folding, and opening of joints. Natural breathing and the releasing of habitual tensions in the body, and mind, also helps participants connect with their own sense of well-being and vitality.
Tai Chi , though, is more than just an easy-going work-out. Researchers have systematically reviewed nearly 50 separate Tai Chi studies to reveal some wide-ranging health benefits that confirm this.
In March 2004, the Archives of Internal Medicine published the results of a study conducted by US researchers at the Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston. The researchers noted that in older patients with chronic conditions, Tai Chi appeared to be a safe and effective means of promoting their flexibility, balance control and cardiovascular fitness.
A 2003 Korean study examined a style of Tai Chi that was developed to reduce the symptoms, and improve physical functioning of, patients with arthritis, in particular females with osteoarthritis. They found that, when compared to the "control group" those in the Tai Chi group experienced significantly less pain and stiffness, and reported fewer difficulties performing daily functions compared to the non-exercising group.
In 2002, a study reported in the Journal of Applied Nursing Research, showed that for older women, Tai Chi exercises created significant improvements in balance, functional mobility, and a reduced fear of falling after twelve weeks of 30-minute classes, taken for just twice a week. The importance of easing the fear of falling in older people can not be overstated. According to a report on American National Public Radio, about 40 percent of all nursing home admissions result from a fall that leaves an elderly person at least somewhat disabled. Ironically, the fear of falling itself can also be considered a disability when it prevents an elderly person from performing simple daily tasks, or venturing out of the house. Exercise methods such as Tai Chi improve mobility, then confidence is restored and the risk of falling is reduced.
The Effect of Tai Chi on Health Outcomes in Patients with Chronic Conditions: A Systematic Review"
Archives of Internal Medicine, Vol. 164, No. 5, 3/8/04
"Tai Chi Helps People with Chronic Health Problems". Alison McCook, Reuters Health, 3rd October, 2004
"Tai Chi Improves Body and Mind"
BBC News, 3rd September, 2004
"Effects of Tai Chi Exercise on Pain, Balance, Muscle Strength, and Perceived Difficulties in Physical Functioning in Older Women with Osteo-arthritis: A Randomized Clinical Trial". Journal of Rheumatology, Vol. 30, 2003
"Effects of Tai Chi Exercise on Balance, Functional Mobility, and Fear of Falling Among Older Women". Applied Nursing Research, vol. 15, no. 4, November 2002
Kate Says Let's Sit up for a fun Workout. This DVD is a personal training program for the over 60s. Pack includes 3 DVDs and a resistance band
Safe exercise for seniors and those with osteoporosis (video)
Tai Chi for those with Parkinson's (video)
Safe Hand and Wrist Movements
Safe and Effective Side Bending (video)
Your Exercise Capacity
26th January 2012:
Jon Stewart’s Push-Up Challenge on ‘The Daily Show’ (US TV)
Kate Jakobsson is an experienced teacher of exercise routines to the elderly
In the July 2004 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers at Stsmford University showed that the most powerful predictor of lifespan is what the authors call Exercise Capacity. The study involved 6,213 men, the average age was 59 years. Each man walked on the treadmill, while sensors monitored heart rate and a mask assessed oxygen and carbon dioxide flow. The researchers were able to estimate each man's maximal Exercise Capacity based on a lifestyle questionnaire. The researchers followed up each man later, the average follow up period was six years, and found that, after adjustment for age, the man's exercise capacity was the best way to predict which men would have died during follow up and which would live. This applied to all the men, with or without cardiovascular disease. Men with the lowest exercise capacities, measured as between 1.0 and 4.9, had about FOUR TIMES the risk of death than men with the highest exercise capacities, measured at 10.7 or more. Even small improvements in exercise capacity can reap big benefits. As the study's authors put it, each improvement in fitness, no matter how slight it may seem, can help lengthen your life, and, according to researcher T. Edwin Atwood: "It's not how long you exercise. ... It doesn't need to be marathons or running, just walking briskly every day for half an hour is a great risk modifier".
NEAT (Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis) are the calories we burn up just by fidgeting, moving around and changing posture! Scientists at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, USA studied obese and slim people over 10 days and found that on average the obese people stayed still for 2 hours longer than the slim ones! 2 hours being sedentary means around 350 extra calories not being used up, so .... you could just fidget for a bit!!
"Dan Earthquake", endurance swimmer and former heats competitor in The Strongest Man in Britain Competition offers free exercise and dietary advice
Backcare: 0870 950 0275 is a charity that offers a offers a range of publications to help deal with back pain across all age groups, from children to older people
Back2Normal. tel: 020 7357 6877
Backcare. tel: 020 8977 5474
The Alexander Technique helps retrain the body into a correct pattern of movement..
Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique : 0845 230 7828
The Arthritis Research Campaign (ARC) produce a useful booklet on how to manage back pain. It contains suggested exercises, and tips on how to protect your back. Download it, or request it by phone: 0870 850 5000
Chiropractors focus on strain, damage, or distortion to the spine, and the effects this can have on the rest of the body. Chiropractors use manual techniques to diagnose, and treat problems with the spine, joints and muscles. In Britain they governed by the British Chiropractor Association. This treatment is usually NOT available on the National Health Service (NHS)
Jeremy Hirst wrote a pro-biorhythm thesis while studying at the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic in Bournemouth, Hampshire, UK
The 5th Chiropractic, Osteopathy and Physiotherapy Annual Conference was held at the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic on Saturday 25th October, 2008
Kieser training: tel: 020 7391 9980: is an exercise system that helps to strengthen back muscles in particular
Osteopaths use manual methods to find tense and tender areas, to stretch muscles, and to mobilize joints. In the UK they are governed by the General Osteopathic Council: tel. 020 7357 6655. In the UK this treatment might not be available on the National Health Service (NHS). The underlying philosophy behind osteopathy is that the body has a natural tendency to heal itself, but this can be disrupted by imbalances of the body structure. Treatments are normally done by using gentle stretching and mobilizing techniques, and are usually helpful for sports injuries; back pain; neck pain; joint pains; arthritis, headaches; migraines; work strain; repetitive strain injury; muscle strains; sciatica, and general stiffness.
Physiotherapists treat back pain, muscle sprain and sports injury. They use a range of treatment techniques to restore movement, and to help the body to work properly. In the UK patients can usually be referred to a physiotherapist on the NHS by their GP
PhysioFirst: tel: 01327 354441
Chartered Society of Physiotherapists: tel: 020 7242 1941
Massage Therapy UK: Massage treatments are extremely relaxing, and are excellent for relieving aches and pains in muscles, and for loosening stiff joints to keep people mobile and active
Therapy Course Listings
is a non-invasive form of massage that originates from Japan The name means 'finger pressure'. It is sometimes referred to as 'acupressure', as in Acupuncture without needles, or, as a form of Japanese physiotherapy. Shiatsu can be used on horses
These descriptions are partially correct. Shiatsu theory views the body as a holder of Ki (Chi). Ki is a form of energy for which there is no equivalent in English or Western philosophies. Ki involves moving smoothly, in an unrestricted manner, in meridians, using the power of the body through the muscles, bones, skin and tissues. This movement gives a feeling of being well. Oriental approaches to medicine do NOT separate mind and body as is now done in Western medicine. So, along with this smooth flow of Ki, comes a spiritual sense of well being, of being happy with oneself and one's life
In November 2003 a doctor's surgery in South London became the first in the UK to offer yoga as a means to improve patients' health.
Balham Park GP Surgery was able to provide this service after receiving £2,000 in funding as a result of winning a competition run by the Royal College of General Practioners. Many patients have reported positive results from the yoga classes. The classes were set up, after the patient participation group at the surgery suggested instigating some sort of exercise class to which patients could be referred Pilates.
Yoga for All the Family
Meditate How to Meditate
In addition to a daily yoga practice, meditation is another wonderful natural stress reliever. Some people think learning how to meditate is difficult or time consuming, but this couldn't be further from the truth. Beginners can start meditating for as little as five minutes a day and then increase their practice time slowly.
An Effective Beginning Meditation
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Hunger Games Work Out at the New York Sports Club
Glaucoma is one of the most common causes of blindness worldwide. If it is caught early it can be treated and the visual loss restricted to a minimum, so it is important to have regular eye tests. In the UK eye tests are free to anyone over 40 with a family history of Glaucoma. Those most at risk from Glaucoma are:
Individuals with a family history of Glaucoma
Anyone older than 60 is at increased risk. For people of African or Afro-Caribbean origin the increased risk starts earlier, at around 40
Diabetes can also increase the risk of developing Glaucoma
Most of us love honey, but if given to babies honey can be lethal
British Cycling, incorporating Beicio Cymru (Welsh Cycling)
Family Martial Arts.
Skateboarding UK, and at Championship level.
VITAL is a not-for-profit organization that helps poverty-stricken children gain access to education, healthcare, food, protection and emergency shelter. Zumba run Introductory sessions at the Wessex House Bar and Dance Venue, 1A St. John's Hill, Battersea, London SW11 1TN
Zumba is a fusion of Latin and International music that creates a dynamic, exciting, and effective fitness system with easy-to-follow moves
Saturday 31st July 2011 was National Dance Day in the USA
Nice guys are better dancers, study says ...
Studies show people who do partner dances like the tango recover from depression quicker than those who do not dance. Is it really only "partner dances" that have this effect - or is it all dances ? Do you know other creative ways to treat depression?
Hyperactive and unruly boys with ADHD became calmer ...
The research was carried out between 2001-2005 at the Clinic for Child and Youth Psychiatry in Karlstad as a collaborative effort involving the University College of Dance in Stockholm, the Department of Public Health Science at Karlstad University, the Clinic for Child and Youth Psychiatry in Karlstad, and Dance in Varmland. The boys in the project were aged 5-7 and the girls aged 13-17. News-Medical.Net
ADHD = Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
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