The Discovery

Our passion for Rehabilitative Qigong & Tai Chi was first conceived in 2005 after an accident left Brian with bilateral shoulder separations, which  traditional physical therapy methods failed to improve. Motivated to find a better way, Brian committed himself to the only physical exercise he could comfortably do, Qigong. This gentle, yet powerful practice of painless movement, visual focus, coordinated breathing, and mindful muscle engagement yielded surprisingly rapid results in range of motion, strength, and function. Deeply impressed by the experience, Brian began discovering the connections between the ancient practice of Qigong & Tai Chi and the findings of modern neuroscience. Rehabilitative Qigong & Tai Chi has allowed us to explain the healing properties of this ancient wisdom in a language that the western world can understand.

The Philosophy

Rehabilitative Qigong & Tai Chi weave research based bodymind science with the principles of the ancient arts. By combining slow, fluid movements with coordinated breathing, visual tracking, and mindful intent, Rehabilitative Qigong & Tai Chi enhances the body’s natural healing capabilities and effectively treats pain syndromes and specific conditions of physical and psychosocial dysfunction.

Traditional Physical Therapy addresses the body with strengthening, stretching, and balance exercises.
A consistent regimen of solely physical exercise will have positive effects on the body, but modern research and practice has shown that activities that relax and focus the mind in conjunction with a physical treatment regimen are much more profound.

Bodymind practices like Tai Chi & Qigong have been shown to elicit activity in the “healing” branch of the nervous system turning on natural anabolic resources such as stimulating the immune system, enhancing metabolism, and decreasing pain perceptions.  Rehabilitative Qigong & Tai Chi blend specific movements designed to stretch, strengthen, and re-balance injured or painful body regions with focused breathing and enhanced body awareness combining common sense and intuitive body wisdom.

 

 

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