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Tai Chi Effective For Fibromyalgia

Do you or someone you know suffer from Fibromyalgia? This March, 2018 article, Tai Chi Beats Aerobic Exercise for Fibromyalgia, may be of interest. Please feel free to share.

Be well,
Your Friends at the Healer Within Foundation

Harvard: The Health Benefits Of Tai Chi

The following groundbreaking article originally appeared in the Harvard Women's Health Watch publication in May, 2009. Updated in December of 2015 to include new research findings, it remains an excellent resource and respected introduction to the benefits of Tai Chi. 

The Health Benefits of Tai Chi

This gentle form of exercise can help maintain strength, flexibility, and balance, and could be the perfect activity for the rest of your life.

Tai chi is often described as "meditation in motion," but it might well be called "medication in motion." There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice, which originated in China as a martial art, has value in treating or preventing many health problems. And you can get started even if you aren't in top shape or the best of health.



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Tai Chi and Chronic Pain

Harvard Medical School Reports

Some solid research shows that tai chi can benefit people with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, tension headache, and other ongoing, painful conditions. In one trial, for example, 66 people with fibromyalgia were randomized into two groups: one group took tai chi classes twice a week, the other group attended wellness education and stretching sessions twice a week. After 12 weeks, those in the tai chi group reported less pain, fewer depression symptoms, and better sleep than the control group. The results were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Are You Self-Centered?

Are You Self-Centered?

by Brian Trzaskos, IIQTC/Tai Chi Easy™ Senior Trainer
PT LMT CSCS CMP MI-C

Finding ways to center ourselves during the day may be the key to unlocking a more enjoyable work life. Tai Chi employs a very simple process to center the body, breath, and mind.

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Current Research

Qigong Institute Provides Valuable Research Information

Current research articles on Qigong, Tai Chi and other mind, body, spirit practices can easily be found at the Qigong Institute's website. Their Research Page includes helpful search features to help you locate articles on the specific topics you may be searching for.

The Qigong Institute is a 501c(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the scientific understanding of the basis of Qigong through research and education. Since 1984 it has been a clearinghouse for related news and scientific facts to aid researchers, writers, Qigong practitioners and teachers, members of the Western medical community, and the members of the general public who are interested in learning more about Qigong and Tai Chi. It's goals are:

  • Promoting Qigong via education, research, & clinical studies
  • Improving healthcare by integrating Qigong and Western medicine
  • Making information on Qigong available to medical practitioners, scientists, the public, and policy makers
Check out this valuable resource TODAY!

2018 Fundraising Campaign

2018 Fundraising Campaign

We’re striving to advance the Tai Chi Easy™ Dissemination Project
and need your support! Please donate now through the Autumn Equinox
(September 23, 2018) to help as we continue to grow!
Did you know?

  • We’ve increased the number of Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader Trainings from five events in 2016, to 10 in 2017. More than 20 training events are anticipated for 2018! Each training event generates an average of 18 new Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leaders, who learn self-care practices for themselves and then go on to lead others in their local communities.
  • Our Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader Trainings have been approved for 21 CE hours through the American Holistic Nurses Association. Nurses are learning Tai Chi Easy™ and taking the practice back to their patients, co-workers and medical campuses.
  • Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader training events are happening across the US and India, and our first European training this June in Northern Ireland!
  • We are growing a nationwide network of Community Practice Groups. These community practice groups are how we make self-care practices available to all!

  • A gift of $35 provides a one week stipend to support a community practice group;
    A contribution in the amount of $140 supports a community practice group for one month;

    A donation of $225 provides a partial scholarship for Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leader training,
    and the scholarship recipient's pledge to establish a free or low cost community practice group!









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Medical Qigong - Round UP

This month, our 5th Saturday Gathering will focus on the topic of Medical Qigong. In keeping with that theme, we share an article contributed by IIQTC Senior Trainer, Brian Trzaskos, PT, LMT, CSCS, CMP, MI-C. Thanks to Brian for this great information and insight!

Round Up

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Pay it Forward: Establish a Community Practice Group

A huge part of the HWF mission, "Healer Within Foundation advances community-based Qigong/Tai Chi and other self-healing, body-mind-spirit practices through collaborations with individuals and organizations, to sponsor trainings, community practice groups and research" and organizational vision of, "A world of self-healing, wellness and vitality", is centered around the Tai Chi Easy™ Dissemination Project.

This project trains Practice Leaders to introduce the Tai Chi Easy™ form and teaching methods created by Roger Jahnke, O.M.D. in communities throughout the world. We train thousands (Tai Chi Easy™ Practice Leaders) to improve the health of millions (everyone those Practice Leaders share Tai Chi Easy™ with). One way we'll reach millions is through the creation of new Community Practice Groups.

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Flu Season: Awakening the Healer Within

Flu Season: Awakening the Healer Within

Looking at the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) weekly Influenza Summary Map shows widespread flu in most all contiguous 48 states. One contributing factor of the increased number of cases is a particularly nasty strain of influenza being circulated this year, which is rather resistant to the vaccine. News outlets continue to remind us of the severity of flu cases and the dangers to not only the children and elderly, but to all ages. Even the healthiest of folks seem to be more susceptible this year. All the more reason for us to awaken our inner healers through the practice of Qigong and Tai Chi.

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Gongfu Tea Ceremony: Cultivating Calm

At our most recent 5th Saturday Gathering in the Cloud on December 30th, those present participated in a Gongfu Tea Ceremony. For those not familiar, this ancient Chinese tea ceremony provides so much more than a cup of thoughtfully brewed tea.

The ceremony helps to focus the mind and provides time for calm reflection in our busy lives. The hand movements used by those familiar to the tea ceremony are slow and graceful, almost like a dance...many likenesses to the practice of Tai Chi! The silence during the ceremony is magical and provides time for participants to really focus on all aspects of the tea – the appearance of the tea leaves, the aroma and color of the tea, the beauty of the pot and cups and perhaps most important, the sense of companionship among everyone present. The tea ceremony can be used as a form of meditation and is something you may wish to repeat on a regular basis as part of your relaxation regimen.

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