it’s all about balance…


balanced rocks Can Piquafort taichivinesworks 2010One of my tai chi “lightbulb” moments was when my teacher was talking about being rooted/grounded/sunk down in one side of the body, holding the body in balance with “three free limbs”. In developing that balance, through my tai chi practice, I place myself in a better position to make choices, choices about how and where I stepped.

And so it is in life. If we are in balance, physically and emotionally, we are in a strong position to take time and make choices, instead of wobbling over or bouncing around like a pinball as life comes at us from all directions. This idea has held me in good stead over the years and is now proving to be a lightbulb movement for some of my students. Fabulous.

To explore and play with your own balance, come and join us in Mallorca for our week of Tai chi, Reflexology and Walks (Oct 5-12) at the wonderful Son Ametler.  I challenge you not to feel more balanced and grounded by the end of the week. To find out more click here.

Tai chi cost-effective in reducing falls risks for people with Parkinsons


exercise board victoria 2010Just last year a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that the regular practice of modified tai chi movements was more beneficial for people with Parkinson’s than either stretching or weight-resistance training on a number of measures.  In the randomized controlled study, Fuzhong Li, PhD, from the Oregon Research Institute in Eugene and colleagues, found that tai chi reduced balance impairments, improved function, and reduced falls in patients with Parkinson’s.

A new study shows not only does Tai Chi help to stop falls but is also cost effective compared to strength training.

Dr Peter Harmer, PhD, MPH, ATC, FACSM, Professor of Exercise Science, Department Chair, Senior Associate Research Scientist at Willamette University and his co-author Fuzhong Li, Phd conducted a cost-effective study comparing Tai Chi to low-impact stretching exercises or conventional strength training.  Dr. Harmer said Tai chi costs US $69.00 less per fall prevention in comparison to strength training. ” The data indicates a significant potential return on investment value of tai chi in Parkinson, the authors said. “As treatment costs for injury falls continue to rise these results have important implications for reducing overall healthcare costs while protecting patient health and independence.”

And for anyone wishing to start or refresh their tai chi journey, what better way than at the wonderful Son Ametler in N Mallorca, during a blissful week of tai chi, reflexology and walks.  October 5-12 2013   For details and bookings click here.  Limited spaces available.

(with thanks to Bill Douglas, WTCQD and Deborah Nicholson – AllVoices for information)

Tai chi keeps ageing at bay – it’s OFFICIAL!


hands thanks to BYPDid you know eye-hand coordination in finger-pointing declines with age in time and accuracy domains? In a recently published study however, Tai Chi practitioners attained significantly better accuracy than control subjects similar in age, sex, and physical activity levels.

The cross sectional study, by researchers at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, examined the ageing effect on speed and accuracy in finger pointing toward stationary and moving visual targets between young and older healthy subjects and whether or not Tai Chi practitioners perform better than healthy older controls in these tasks.   And they consistently did!  You can read an abstract of the research here

Just another of the many health and wellbeing benefits of tai chi!  And what better place to start, or refresh, your tai chi journey, than at Son Ametler, Mallorca, where you can enjoy a blissful week of Tai Chi, Reflexology and Walking, October 5-12th 2013.  It’s bound to take years off you!   Find out more here.  Limited spaces available.