My new book, Seated Tai Chi and Qigong offers guided tai chi exercises for health. Tai Chi manages stress in addition to balancing the mind, body and spirit. Published in February 2012 by Singing Dragon, an imprint of the Jessica Kingsley Publishing Company of London.
This book presents a unique exercise program based on the principles of Qigong and Yang style Tai Chi designed for health care professionals and caregivers to use with their elderly, post-surgical and disabled patients.I have an extensive background in tai chi, and martial arts. While Program Supervisor at a local assisted living community, I developed a program of seated Tai Chi Chuan based on the Yang short form. This tai chi exercise system was so successful with the elderly and disabled that I wrote a book describing the program. The book, Tai Chi in a Chair, was published by Fair Winds Press in 2001.
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Practicing Tai Chi and Qigong is the perfect antidote to the stresses of modern life and a great way to stay healthy. Now caring professionals can help those with limited mobility to experience the benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong with this easy-to-follow guide. Covering everything caregivers need to know about Tai Chi and Qigong, this illustrated guide provides an explanatory introduction to these forms of exercises and shows how to build up a program from easy steps to more challenging ones. There are Tai Chi exercises to stimulate every part of the body, with variations to suit the patient's needs and preferences. All the movements are adapted from the same ancient principles guiding classic Tai Chi and Qigong and will help strengthen the body as well as provide contemplative relaxation. This book will show occupational therapists, physical therapists, nurses, activity directors, mental health practitioners, martial arts instructors, and anyone else working with people with physical disabilities and the elderly exactly how these simple tai chi techniques can make big improvements to a person's physical and mental wellbeing.
Simple stretches you can do anywhere-at your desk, on your couch, or even in your car! Visit any public park in America in the morning and you'll see them-groups of people of all ages practicing the ancient and beneficial martial art called tai chi. Tai chi has been proven to lower blood pressure, improve fitness, and provide overall relaxation and well-being. Now, it's even easier! Originally designed for the elderly, these adaptations of traditional tai chi exercises are simple and straightforward while retaining all of the important health benefits of the original movements. You can get fit without exhausting sweaty workouts. And all you need is a chair-no props, no special clothing, no VCR! - Includes one complete routine and five 15-minute mini-routines. - Special bonus chapter on acupressure points. - Illustrated throughout with line drawings. This book will appeal to the millions of people who want to start exercising but can't find the time, or who are intimidated by the thought of joining a gym. - These tai chi exercises can be done in the privacy of your home. - Appeals to busy executives as well as homemakers and retired people. - First book of its kind!