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message 1: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments I'm in a long meeting right now...slightly bored...reading the NY Times...


What do you think? Anyone here do Tai Chi? Pros and cons?

message 2: by Carol (new)

Carol | 1679 comments Hmm. Thanks for sharing this. It's a small study to draw definitive answers from. I'm not 100% on what Tai Chi is exactly, gentle stretching exercises would help people with fibro. I live with a fibromyalgia sufferer and I have medically-induced neuropathy and arthritis. Seems like _if_ it works for fibro, it would work for similar issues. Wonder if my insurance would pay for classes?

message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

It must be different than Chai Tea.

message 4: by Barb (new)

Barb Jim "In dreams we enter a world entirely our own" wrote: "It must be different than Chai Tea."


message 5: by Heidi (last edited Aug 19, 2010 12:31PM) (new)

Heidi (heidihooo) | 10825 comments This would make sense... I absolutely believe in the mind-body connection and think we each have the innate ability to heal ourselves.

Then again, I hardly ever get sick so maybe this is easy for me to say.

Here's a great link/webpage from the NIH (National Institutes of Health) on Tai Chi as a CAM practice.

message 6: by Cosmic Sher (last edited Aug 19, 2010 12:53PM) (new)

Cosmic Sher (sherart) | 2234 comments I really want to learn Tai Chi and this just proves that I should. In my experience, any repetitive, gentle, stretching movements that don't stress the connective tissue or joints but gets blood flowing through it does wonders. Heidi, I'll have to check out your link. :)

The pain specialist I go to believes that because the muscles/tissue are in pain & stress so long the body automatically begins to shut down the nerve bundles & blood vessels in the area. Part of it is protecting the area and part of it is to alieve some pain. But, the result is that blood doesn't flow freely through it and toxins aren't carried away to be eliminated. If you can begin moving the affected area consistently & without trauma it can be a way to help 'wake up' the tissue and begin healing again.

p.s. Thanks for posting this RA. I'm going to post it on FB for my many friends & family who could use this info. See, being bored in a meeting is a good thing! :)

message 7: by Heidi (last edited Aug 19, 2010 12:56PM) (new)

Heidi (heidihooo) | 10825 comments It's a great link, actually (and is connected to lots of great info on other types of CAM) - I think you'd like it, Sher. It's especially great as a source for debunking the methods of complementary and alternative medicine out there that are being mass marketed (specifically targeting weight loss and nutritional supplements).

Stacia (the 2010 club) (stacia_r) When I was really into Yoga a few years back (I still do it, but not as religiously), it triggered something in me to want to find out about other forms of similar exercise.

I ordered some Tai Chi DVD's from the internet and tried them out. This is definitely something that needs to be done in a class or outdoors with a group of people (like they do over in Asia). Trying to "part the horses mane" (or whatever the moves are called) in the privacy of your own living room just feels strange. The moves are more for the point of relaxation, and it's hard to stay that focused on moving so slowly when you're alone.

...and mmmm...chai tea (which I think is redundant...doesn't chai mean tea or something similar?) sounds really good right about now.

message 9: by Cosmic Sher (new)

Cosmic Sher (sherart) | 2234 comments I've heard about the NCCAM but haven't checked out the site. It would be nice to get good info because I've sadly fallen for some of those mass market products. One, which was 'yoga' for people with MS turned out to not be yoga at all but a video that showed how to wake up your body by slapping it all over? WTF?

Stacia, I think its funny that you find doing something like this alone makes it hard to focus. That's all I've done, so the thought of doing this with a huge group sounds weird to me. :)

Stacia (the 2010 club) (stacia_r) I think because something about Tai Chi feels "choreographed" to me, like a dance. When watching a group of people doing this together, it's so beautiful to see. Doing it alone, you just feel silly, like you're waving your arms in the air for no reason.

message 11: by Mona (new)

Mona Garg (k1721m) | 350 comments Stacia wrote: "When I was really into Yoga a few years back (I still do it, but not as religiously), it triggered something in me to want to find out about other forms of similar exercise.

I ordered some Tai C..."

Yes, Stacia, "chai" is tea in Hindi, the most widely-spoken language in India, my native country.

message 12: by Cosmic Sher (new)

Cosmic Sher (sherart) | 2234 comments I can see what you mean about it seeming like dance. I very briefly took a karate class many years ago and my favorite part was doing the katas, which are really similar to tai chi movement. It reminded me of doing a meditative dance like I used to do in high school, although then I had no idea that it was also helping my focus and anxiety. I used to go through those movements every morning and I loved how I felt. Come to think of it, about 2 years after I stopped this practice was when my arthritis/fibro kicked in. Coincidence? Maybe. But, this really convinces me to get back on the bandwagon and see what happens. :)

message 13: by Lobstergirl, el principe (new)

Lobstergirl | 24070 comments Mod
I always enjoy seeing people do Tai Chi but I've never done it myself. I'm not surprised it provides some benefits. It looks like it would be calming yet also get the circulation going.

There was also that article in the NYT about osteoarthritis in moose. Researchers found that moose osteoarthritis is caused by poor nutrition in utero and as a young moose.

message 14: by Misha (new)

Misha (ninthwanderer) A moose bit my sister once.

message 15: by Stacia (the 2010 club) (last edited Aug 19, 2010 11:24PM) (new)

Stacia (the 2010 club) (stacia_r) A camel spit on my ex-boyfriend once. True Story - I was there.

message 16: by Misha (new)

Misha (ninthwanderer) I've never tried Tai Chi, but I've been thinking a lot about yoga lately. I did yoga and pilates regularly a couple of years ago, and definitely could feel some strength and flexibility building. Then I stopped, and I can't remember why. I have real issues with flexibility and range of motion.

message 17: by Stacia (the 2010 club) (last edited Aug 19, 2010 11:27PM) (new)

Stacia (the 2010 club) (stacia_r) I love Yoga when I do it on a regular basis. It makes my body feel superhuman. However, when I don't do it regularly, it's extremely hard to get the motivation to start back up again.

message 18: by Misha (new)

Misha (ninthwanderer) She was Karving her initials on the møøse with the sharpened end of an interspace tøøthbrush given her by Svenge - her brother-in-law - an Oslo dentist and star of many Norwegian møvies: "The Høt Hands of an Oslo Dentist", "Fillings of Passion", "The Huge Mølars of Horst Nordfink."

Stacia (the 2010 club) (stacia_r) You're quoting what now?

message 20: by Misha (new)

Misha (ninthwanderer) The opening credits from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

message 21: by Misha (new)

Misha (ninthwanderer) Stacia wrote: "I love Yoga when I do it on a regular basis. It makes my body feel superhuman. However, when I don't do it regularly, it's extremely hard to get the motivation to start back up again."

I generally find that true for any form of exercise: walking, swimming, yoga. I keep trying and trying to reach down deep and find the motivation to do these things, but the motivation to sleep and play Xbox is stronger.

Clearly, I'm stuck in the "nachos and internet" phase mentioned in this blog post:


message 22: by Stacia (the 2010 club) (last edited Aug 19, 2010 11:34PM) (new)

Stacia (the 2010 club) (stacia_r) The last time I saw the movie was when I was a teenager, so that probably explains why I didn't catch the reference.

message 23: by Misha (new)

Misha (ninthwanderer) It's a geeky niche thing. I just can't resist pulling that out whenever I see the word "moose."

I'm a dork.

Stacia (the 2010 club) (stacia_r) As long as you don't start singing "The Time Warp" to me (Rocky Horror for those that don't know).

message 25: by Misha (new)

Misha (ninthwanderer) Oh. Oh, man.

*resists urge*

*thinks about baseball*

*does not get up and jump to the left*

Stacia (the 2010 club) (stacia_r) It's tough, isn't it?

message 27: by Misha (new)

Misha (ninthwanderer) I'd probably just hurt myself anyway.

message 28: by Phil (new)

Phil | 11604 comments Stop confusing me, people. Now I'm not sure whether to continue the Monty Python møøse bit, or take a step to the ri-yi-yi-yi-ight.

message 29: by Misha (new)

Misha (ninthwanderer) You could do the Time Warp dance to The Lumberjack Song.

message 30: by Carol (new)

Carol | 1679 comments he cuts down trees
he eats his lunch
he goes to the lavoratory

message 31: by Phil (new)

Phil | 11604 comments On Wednesdays he goes shopping, and has buttered scones for tea.

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