2. Ask Dr Lam

From Dr Lam: I love answering your tai chi questions and hearing your feedback, email me at service@tchi.org. I will try to answer the best I can. Below is the list of videos available.DSC00425

Ask Dr Lam series:

Producing a video take considerable time and cost, you will receive notification as soon as they are posted by subscribing my YouTube channel, Newsletter, or like my FaceBook page. More importantly you would be helping to spread tai chi to more people. My clips, mostly the free tai chi lessons, received 7,130,505 hits by Sept 15, 2016.TempDTCD2

My intention is to produce work that are useful to you and I don’t allow advertisement on them.

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The list of Dr Paul Lam’s Youtube videos


Dr Paul Lam’s YouTube Videos

dr-lam-enjoys-sharing-tai-chi-with-friendsFrom Dr Lam: I have produced over 100 YouTube clips, from free tai chi lessons, medical presentation, demonstration, tai chi, health and life style topics. My clips, mostly the free tai chi lessons, received 7,130,505 hits by Sept 15, 2016.

My intention is to produce work that are useful to you, and I don’t allow advertisement on them. Feel free to contact me at service@tchi.org. 

Click here for “Ask Dr Lam” series of questions.

Free Tai Chi Lessons:

  1. Tai Chi for Beginners – a great start with the Six Easy Steps, almost anyone can learn this.
  2. Tai Chi for Energy  – if you prefer a more challenging and faster-paced program.TCE DVD Cover
  3. Tai Chi for Arthritis  – if you prefer a gentle start, or have arthritis or other chronic conditions. This program is recommended by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc.gov) for preventing falls, it is suitable for almost anyone with or without any medical condition to improve health and wellness.
  4. Tai Chi for Arthritis Part II DVD – only if you have done the complete Tai Chi for Arthritis program, try out the extra power of qi.
  5. Tai Chi for Energy II – you did well with Tai Chi for Energy, now try twice the energy!
  6. Tai Chi for Rehabilitation – the easiest and more profound program for anyone from recovering from surgery and illness to just relax and grow qi.
  7. The 24 Forms – try the world’s most popular set of forms, you will learn it more easily once you have learned Tai Chi for Beginners.
  8. The 73 Forms – if you wish to go further after practising and being familiar with Tai Chi for Arthritis I and II.

Other series:

More to come…

 


1. How to Learn Tai Chi?

Learning tai chi can be one of the most enjoyable and beneficial journey you ever made. There are many forms and styles of tai chi available, choosing a suitable tai chi can be fun but could also be a very time consuming exercise, sometimes even frustrating! A good way is to start with one of Dr Lam’s Tai Chi for Health programs.

 

Millions of people around the world have enjoyed learning his programs, and gained better health and quality of life as a result. All his programs are easy-to-learn and proven by medical studies to improve health and wellness. Click here to follow Dr Lam’s three steps to learn a Tai Chi for Health program.

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FAQs for Becoming a TCHI Board Certified Instructor

The Tai Chi for Health Institute (TCHI) Board“From the 1st May 2016 all instructors of the Tai Chi for Health programs who have completed an instructor training workshop will be required to register to become a TCHI Board certified instructor.”

This is a significant step forward to align the Tai Chi for Health Institute with similar professional bodies. It will provide more credibility and resources for the Tai Chi for Health vision. The goal is provide an opportunity for all instructors to have one unified, globally recognised and respected qualification. 

Below are the frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Q What is the Tai Chi for Health Institute (TCHI)?

Q What is a TCHI Board certified instructor?

Q  How can I become one?

Q  Why become a Tai Chi for Health Board certified instructor?

Q  Is there a fee to register?

Q  I am an instructor currently listed on the Institute’s website.  What happens to my profile and benefits?

Q  I am an instructor, do I need to be updated? and why?

Q  I am an instructor for several programs, do I pay a fee for each program?

Q  How do I pay my fee?

Q  What currency are the fees paid in?

Q  What is a Premier Board certified instructor?

Q  How can I become a Premier instructor?

Q  I am a Premier instructor now, what will happen?

Q  Would I still be awarded the embossed certificate at completion of the training or update workshop conducted by authorized MTs?

Q  Would I be able to teach the Tai Chi for Health program without being TCHI Board Certified?

Q  When does this happen?

Q  How does this affect CEUs?

Q  What is the difference between TCHI and TCP (Tai Chi Productions)?


Q What is the Tai Chi for Health Institute (TCHI)?

A: The Tai Chi for Health Institute was founded in 2010 by Dr Lam and his Tai Chi for Health colleagues with the purpose of empowering people to improve health and wellness through the Tai Chi for Health programs. It sets and control the quality and standards of the training and to provide support for instructors.  TCHI is a non-profit organisation registered in Australia and governed by a democratically elected and unpaid board who volunteer their skill and time. It is a different entity from Tai Chi Productions, which was created by Dr Lam to produce useful learning materials for the Tai Chi for Health programs.

Click here for more information.

Q What is a TCHI Board certified instructor?

A:  A Board certified instructor is a person who has fulfilled the requirements, completed the training of a Tai Chi for Health program, adheres to the TCHI Code of Ethics and registered with the Tai Chi for Health Institute Board.

Q  How can I become one?

A:  Once you have completed your training or update workshop with Dr Lam or one of his authorised Master Trainers you will be entitled to register. An invitation with payment instructions will be sent to you by the Board. If you have not received your invitation two weeks after your training workshop, please contact your Master Trainer.

Q  Why become a Tai Chi for Health Board certified instructor?

A: There are many good reasons. You can feel good about becoming a teaching member of the globally respected Tai Chi for Health Institute. Assurance to your students and employer that you are qualified and passionate about empowering people to improve their health and lifestyle, as well as:

  • Be listed online with all other current Board certified instructors at the Tai Chi for Health Institute website  Only currently Board certified instructors are listed.
  • Belonging to a global organization supported worldwide for its quality of training on teaching the evidenced based programs. Comprehensive training material is available and all levels of instructors have intensive training. More than 35 published medical studies have shown the health improving effects of the Tai Chi for Health programs. The Tai Chi for Arthritis program is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov) for fall prevention. Health departments and many Arthritis Foundations around the world support the Institute.
  • 25% discount on instructional material (DVDs, Charts, Books and CDs) from Tai Chi Productions when you spend over $200.
  • 5-10% discount on selected workshops by Dr Lam and his authorized Master Trainers.
  • Authorized to use the Tai Chi for Health Institute logo for promotion and business cards, you must be currently registered and adhere to the Code of Ethics. Full instructions will be given on registration.
  • Use of workshop brochures, presentation PPT and materials provided by the Institute to promote your class/es.
  • Ability to enter and edit your profile online at the Tai Chi for Health Institute website to post your photo, class/es, time and any relevant training and experience. These will be searchable through the internet. The Institute’s website is visited daily by thousands.
  • Receive a digital certificate that can be forward to anyone who needs proof of your teaching qualification.
  • An indication that you are supporting your institute and its purpose which is to empower people to improve their health and wellness.

Q  Is there a fee to register?

A:  Annual membership fee of $AUD25 (approx USD$19, or GBP£13). TCHI will send you a reminder each year. >>more

Q  I am an instructor currently listed on the Institute’s website. What happens to my profile and benefits?

A:  For all existing instructors including Premier Instructor, MTs and STs, your profile will still be online and benefits available until the first program needs an update. Reminders will be sent automatically 6 and 3 months prior.  At that point you will be invited to register.

Q  I am an instructor, do I need to be updated? and why?

A: Instructor/leaders are required to renew their certification every two years in order to update your skills and knowledge of the program. 

You can attend an update workshops run by Dr Lam or one of his Master Trainers. Available update workshops are listed on this website at the workshop calendar. Many training workshops include updates provided it is arranged in advance and you need to complete a written assignment beforehand.  Update is also available by correspondence for instructors who cannot not attend a workshop because of extreme circumstances.

As with all health and exercise professionals, updates are necessarily to maintain and improve skill and knowledge. There would be new studies, development and practice emerging to improve your teaching and tai chi skill. It is also an excellent time to share experience and connect with other members of the Tai Chi for Health vision.

We are proud that our programs are supported by many organisations worldwide, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.org), the National Council on Aging and arthritis foundations and many organisations around world. The quality of our programs and instructors are the reason for this level of support. Updating is a necessary part to maintain our professional status. Our standards and educational programs are constantly monitored and improved.  Those instructors who allow the qualification to lapse are not authorised to use Dr Lam and the Institute’s name in their advertising.   

Q  I am an instructor for several programs, do I pay a fee for each program?

A: One registration fee will cover all programs you have been trained to teach for one year. For example, if you are trained to teach Tai Chi for Arthritis, Tai Chi for Energy and Tai Chi for Diabetes, you will only be required to pay one annual registration fee.

Q  How do I pay my fee?

A: When it is due you will be sent information on how to pay.

Q  What currency are the fees paid in?

A: TCHI fees have always been charged in AU dollars.  When you make the payment it will automatically be converted to your local currency.  Paying anything by credit card on line generally incurs a small fee when you are not paying in your local currency.  If in doubt please contact your credit card provider.

Q  What is a Premier Board certified instructor?

A:   A Premier Board certified instructor is the same as a Board certified instructor except for three things. Firstly, Premier instructors will be entitled to a 15% discount on any purchase of instructional material (DVDs, Charts, Books and CDs) from Tai Chi Productions, and a 35% discount for orders exceeding $200 after the discount has been applied. Secondly, your name on the online list would be more prominent with BOLD text. Lastly and more importantly, indicating your strong support for the Institute.

Q  How can I become a Premier instructor?

A: Upon your invitation to become a Board certified instructor, you will have this option by paying an extra $20 at the time of registration.

Q  I am a Premier instructor now, what will happen?

A: You will continue to be listed as a Premier instructor until the tenancy runs out in one year, then you would be invited to become a Premier Board certified instructor.

Q  Would I still be awarded the embossed certificate at completion of the training or update workshop conducted by authorized MTs?

A: Yes. You will receive the special certificate with the embossed Tai Chi for Health logo as the certification of your successful training. 

Q  Would I be able to teach the Tai Chi for Health program without being TCHI Board Certified?

A: The Board certification is your license to use the title Dr Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for Health program/s, and to prove that you have been trained, meet the Board’s standards and are qualified to teach the program/s.

Many governmental and funding bodies require proof of an appropriate qualification to teach tai chi. Tai Chi for Health programs are backed by medical evidence. The Institute ensures all our Board certified instructors are well trained and qualified to teach these programs safely and effective, they are recognized and respected worldwide. Your participants can be reassured that they are in good hands. 

Q  When does this happen?

A:  From 1st May 2016, please see answer above if you have been certified from 30th April 2014.

Q  How does this affect CEUs?

A:  CEUs are related to the attendance of the training workshop. They are awarded by an outside body and will not be affected. 

Q  What is the difference between TCHI and TCP (Tai Chi Productions)?

A: Tai Chi Productions was created by Dr Lam to produce useful tai chi learning materials.  Its purpose is to empower people to improve their health and wellness through the programs and learning materials.  See the first answer above for TCHI.


How to Learn a Tai Chi for Health Program?

How Can I Learn a Tai Chi for Health Program?

Millions of people around the world have enjoyed learning Dr Lam’s Tai Chi for Health pr2 Group photo, St Louis 2014 NLograms, and gained better health and quality of life as a result. His programs are easy-to-learn and proven by medical studies to improve health and wellness. A good way to learn one of these programs is to follow 3 steps below.

A: Choose one program that suits you best from the list below, if you are spoiled for choice, try either 1 or 2. You can click on the title for an introduction; most of them have a full one hour first FREE lesson:
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  1. Tai Chi for Beginners – a great start with the Six Easy Steps, anyone can learn this.
  2. Tai Chi for Arthritis  (also known as Tai Chi for Fall Prevention) – if you prefer a gentle start, have arthritis or other chronic conditions. This program is recommended by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc.gov) for preventing falls, it is suitable for almost anyone with or without arthritis.
  3. Tai Chi for Energy  – if you prefer a more challenging and faster-paced program.
  4. Tai Chi for Rehabilitation – an enjoyable way to aid recovery from major surgery, illness or just daily stress.
  5. Tai Chi for Diabetes – to improve the control of diabetes and minimize complications.
  6. Tai Chi for Osteoporosis – to strengthen bones and improve balance thereby reducing falls.
  7. Tai Chi @ Work – tailored to your working environment to relieve stress.tca
  8. Tai Chi 4 Kidz – a fun program to improve concentration and coordination.

B: You can learn from Dr Lam’s instructional DVD.  You will find it is almost as though you are attending Dr Lam’s class and he can read your mind and know what you need next! Be sure to set up a regular time to practice daily. Soon you will gain health benefits and enjoyment. Better still, you can go to the Dr Paul Lam Tai Chi for Health Institute’s website to find a class conducted by one of TCHI Board certified instructors, or come to one of Dr Lam’s workshops and meet him in person.

A very good way is to use both his DVD and attend a suitable tai chi class.

C: Continue to practice regularly, reach out to tai chi enthusiasts around you and practice with them. If you have not done that yet, find an instructor who resonates with you. Enjoy your journey to health and wellness. TCE DVD Cover

Visit the Tai Chi for Health Institute for access to thousands of TCHI Board certified instructors globally, subscribe to Dr Lam’s Newsletter for more information.

For the Tai Chi for Beginners and Arthritis programs there are downloadable lessons available.

You can also find tai chi books, many instructional DVDs, tai chi music and other material at Tai Chi Productions, created by Dr Lam for one single purpose – to improve your health and wellness. 

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How Can I Learn a Tai Chi for Health Program?

How Can I Learn a Tai Chi for Health Program?

Millions of people around the world have enjoyed learning Dr Lam’s Tai Chi for Health pr2 Group photo, St Louis 2014 NLograms, and gained better health and quality of life as a result. His programs are easy-to-learn and proven by medical studies to improve health and wellness. A good way to learn one of these programs is to follow 3 steps below.

A: Choose one program that suits you best from the list below, if you are spoiled for choice, try either 1 or 2. You can click on the title for an introduction; most of them have a full one hour first FREE lesson:
Beginners DVD Cover 220v2

  1. Tai Chi for Beginners – a great start with the Six Easy Steps, anyone can learn this.
  2. Tai Chi for Arthritis  (also known as Tai Chi for Fall Prevention) – if you prefer a gentle start, have arthritis or other chronic conditions. This program is recommended by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc.gov) for preventing falls, it is suitable for almost anyone with or without arthritis.
  3. Tai Chi for Energy  – if you prefer a more challenging and faster-paced program.
  4. Tai Chi for Rehabilitation – an enjoyable way to aid recovery from major surgery, illness or just daily stress.
  5. Tai Chi for Diabetes – to improve the control of diabetes and minimize complications.
  6. Tai Chi for Osteoporosis – to strengthen bones and improve balance thereby reducing falls.
  7. Tai Chi @ Work – tailored to your working environment to relieve stress.tca
  8. Tai Chi 4 Kidz – a fun program to improve concentration and coordination.

B: You can learn from Dr Lam’s instructional DVD.  You will find it is almost as though you are attending Dr Lam’s class and he can read your mind and know what you need next! Be sure to set up a regular time to practice daily. Soon you will gain health benefits and enjoyment. Better still, you can go to the Dr Paul Lam Tai Chi for Health Institute’s website to find a class conducted by one of TCHI Board certified instructors, or come to one of Dr Lam’s workshops and meet him in person.

A very good way is to use both his DVD and attend a suitable tai chi class.

C: Continue to practice regularly, reach out to tai chi enthusiasts around you and practice with them. If you have not done that yet, find an instructor who resonates with you. Enjoy your journey to health and wellness. TCE DVD Cover

Visit the Tai Chi for Health Institute for access to thousands of TCHI Board certified instructors globally, subscribe to Dr Lam’s Newsletter for more information.

For the Tai Chi for Beginners and Arthritis programs there are downloadable lessons available.

You can also find tai chi books, many instructional DVDs, tai chi music and other material at Tai Chi Productions, created by Dr Lam for one single purpose – to improve your health and wellness. 

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What is the Best Tai Chi for Health Program for Me?

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Dr Paul Lam and his team of tai chi and medical specialists have produced the most user friendly instructional DVDs for the Tai Chi for Health Programs. Using them is just like being in one of Dr Lam’s classes. A good way to enjoy learning his program is to attend one of the classes by his authorised instructors and use the DVD to supplement the lessons. 

  • If you have a chronic condition such as arthritis or diabetes, see below.
  • If your reason for learning tai chi is to improve your mental and physical health – see Dr Lam’s recommendations.
  • Or Dr Lam’s 3 best picks

You can try out a free lesson of any program. Beginners DVD Cover 220

If you have:

  • Arthritis, fibromyalgia, MS, asthma / bronchiectasis or a stroke – Dr Lam recommends the Tai Chi for Arthritis program. It is supported by Arthritis Foundations worldwide; shown by many medical studies to reduces falls, alleviate pain, improves quality of life and better lung capacity.
  • Poor balance to prevent falls, improve balance and health – Dr Lam recommends the Tai Chi for Arthritis too since it contains a fall prevention program, that is why the Centers of Disease Control and Preventions (www.cdc.gov) recommends it
  • A stroke, heart disease, injury, surgical procedure or tiredness and stress – Dr Lam recommends the Tai Chi for Rehabilitation program because it is very healing and anyone can learn it.
  • Diabetes, heart-related conditions – Dr Lam recommends the Tai Chi for Diabetes program. It is supported by Diabetes Australia.
  • Osteoporosis  – Dr Lam recommends the Tai Chi for Osteoporosis program. It is supported by Osteoporosis AustraliaTCE DVD Cover220
  • Back pain, or a weakening condition like chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia – Dr Lam recommends the Tai Chi for Rehabilitation program 
  • To de-stress or relieve depression – Dr Lam recommends the Tai Chi at Work or Tai Chi for Rehabilition
  • Young children, to improve health and coordination – Dr Lam recommends the Tai Chi 4 Kidz program

To Empower Yourself for Better Health and Wellness, Dr Lam recommends:

Start with Tai Chi for Beginners or Tai Chi for Energy and then progress onto Dr Lam’s Intermediate Series. Tai Chi for Energy is a combination of Chen and Sun styles and is more vigorous than Tai chi for Beginners and slightly more challenging to learn. 

The Intermediate Series is recommended for people with approximately 1 year’s tai chi experience and the Advanced Series is for those with two or more years’ experience.24 Forms DVD Cover220

Dr Lam’s 3 Best Picks:

Dr Lam recommends starting with Tai Chi for Beginners; or if you prefer a more challenging and faster-paced program Tai Chi for Energy. If you have arthritis or other chronic conditions, or prefer a gentle start, Tai Chi for Arthritis (suitable for almost anyone with or without arthritis).
 
All or any of the three would improve health and wellness, can be enjoyed byt almost anyone. 
 
N.B.  Please consult with your medical professional before embarking on any course of exercise.
 
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3. Free Tai Chi Lessons from Dr Paul Lam

Welcome to my class!

Take a good look and pick the most suitable tai chi program below for you. Do watch the introduction with instructions on how to gain the best benefits from tai chi, and allow yourself time to follow my lesson and practice regularly. Beginners DVD Cover200

Watching my lesson from your couch will not do much for your health. Follow me as though you are in my class, practice regularly and you will gain health benefits and enjoyment and even feel the magic of qi (the life energy) in time. Learning the entire program would work best, go to my production website at www.taichiproductions.com for the complete programs.

Below is the list of free lessons. Enjoy! 

  1. Tai Chi for Beginners – a great start with the Six Easy Steps, almost anyone can learn this.
  2. Tai Chi for Energy  – if you prefer a more challenging and faster-paced program.
  3. Tai Chi for Arthritis  – if you prefer a gentle start, or have arthritis or other chronic conditions. This program is recommended by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc.gov) for preventing falls, it is suitable for almost anyone with or without any medical condition to improve health and wellness.
  4. Tai Chi for Arthritis Part II DVD – only if you have done the complete Tai Chi for Arthritis program, try out the extra power of qi.
  5. TCE DVD CoverTai Chi for Energy II – you did well with Tai Chi for Energy, now try twice the energy!
  6. Tai Chi for Rehabilitation – the easiest and more profound program for anyone from recovering from surgery and illness to just relax and grow qi.
  7. The 24 Forms – try the world’s most popular set of forms, you will learn it more easily once you have learned Tai Chi for Beginners.
  8. The 73 Forms – if you wish to go further after practising and being familiar with Tai Chi for Arthritis I and II.

You can purchase downloadable lessons for the Tai Chi for Beginners and Arthritis programs. The instructional DVDs are designed to be user friendly, you will find it is almost like you were in my class. A DVD will give you sharper images, with a menu to navigate. Real lessons are hard to beat, you can go to the Dr Paul Lam Tai Chi for Health Institute’s website to find a class. Or come to one of Dr Lam’s workshops. Or better still use my DVD to help you with tai chi lessons.

You can also find Tai Chi books, other instructional DVDs, tai chi music and other material, all created by Dr Lam for one single purpose – to improve your health and wellness. TCA 220x120 new

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How to Adapt the TCA Program for Fall Prevention

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Older people are more likely to fall, resulting in serious injury. Many measures can help to reduce the risks of falls, and studies have shown tai chi is one of the most effective. In fact, a number of research studies, using Dr Lam’s Tai Chi for Arthritis program, indicate a significant reduction in recurrent falls. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (cdc.gov) recommend Tai Chi for Arthritis as a safe intervention for fall prevention, as well as Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC), a New Zealand National Governmental body, and health departments in Australia.three girls

As a result, Dr Lam and his colleagues have developed the following guidelines for Tai Chi for Arthritis instructors to place more emphasis on fall prevention. It does not in any way change the program, it is just another method to enhance the same program.

The key to using Tai Chi for Arthritis effectively for falls prevention is to follow tai chi principles. These essential principles are divided into three categories: Movement control, body and internal aspects. They were taught as an integral part of learning the Tai Chi for Arthritis program. These principles are closely related to scientific evidence that support how they work.

After your students become familiar with the Tai Chi for Arthritis program while working on incorporating these principles over time, they will acquire an effective evidenced based program to reduce their risk of falls, as well as an effective program for health and wellbeing.

It is useful to use different perspectives to enhance the understanding of the tai chi principles. Consider using mindfulness as another way to work on the principles. The more you incorporate tai chi principles, the less likely you are to fall.

Be mindful of:

  • Breathing
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  • Situation

1. BREATHING

Freeing up the breathing can help improve relaxation and lower the risk of falling. Incorporating the dan tien breathing method (described below) is one good way to free up breathing. Better breathing relaxes people and improves confidence, thereby reducing the risk of falling.

Emotional states have a direct impact on your breathing pattern. If you breathe slowly and deeply for a few moments, you start to relax, tension leaves your body, and you begin to feel at ease.  When people become very distressed, deep breaths can help them to calm down.

Stress tends to increase our breathing rate. Increased breathing leads to taking in too much oxygen and releasing too much carbon dioxide. Since carbon dioxide is acidic, the pH levels of the blood decrease, disturbing our body chemistry. This can cause the blood vessels to tighten, which increases blood pressure. Prolonged high blood pressure has a significant effect on our health.

However, mindful breathing leads to a relaxation response within our body and mind. We literally can, ‘breathe easy’ as our blood chemistry and blood pressure return to normal levels.            

The dan tien breathing method

This breathing method enhances qi and promotes relaxation. Visualise as you breathe that the air travels through your nose, down your trachea (airway to the lungs), filling the lungs and then the abdomen. Your abdomen is filling up with air, making it bulge gently outwards. As you breathe out, the abdomen gently contracts. Visualise the air expelling from the abdomen, lungs, trachea and finally through your nose. (Physically, air doesn’t enter the abdomen. This is a method using guided imagery to help utilize your diaphragm to open up more air space in your lungs.). When doing this, focus at keeping the upper part of your abdomen as still as possible and only move the lower abdomen with breathing gently. Relax your lower abdominal muscles as you breathe in, and gently contract them, along with the pelvic floor muscles, as you breathe out. Practice this as often as you can. You can use this breathing method almost anywhere.new-9

2. WEIGHT TRANSFERENCE

Being mindful of your weight transference improves balance, thus reducing the risk of falling. Correct weight transference depends on good dynamic and static postures. An upright and supple posture enhances mental alertness and strengthens the inner structures like the deep stabiliser muscles.

Be mindful of weight transference starting from posture awareness. As you move in any direction, put your weight on one leg, while maintaining an upright posture. Be aware of bending knees, touching down gently with the heel, and gradually placing the entire foot on the ground and then, slowly and mindfully transferring your weight forward.

Teach the student to stand upright but relaxed; to look straight ahead, tuck in chin, and make sure shoulders, elbows, and knees are relaxed. Imagine the body as a string that is being stretched gently from both ends. Maintain posture awareness with stepping forward, backward and then sideways being mindful of weight transference.

3. SITUATION

Being mindful of where and what situation you are in at the moment makes you mentally more alert. Be aware of what situation you are in and focus on what you are doing – walk with focus and be aware of where your body is, and how weight is shifted.letting bird go tai chi post

Encourage your students to apply being mindful of these three points at any time when sitting, working or doing tai chi.

Practice

Practice the Basic Six integrating these 3 points. Form 1 and 2, are ideal for focusing at breathing; Form 3 for weight transference and 4 for situation awareness.

Incorporating Tai Chi into real life situations

Some of the known circumstances of increased risk of falls for elderly are:

  • getting out of bed in the middle of the night, or early in the morning
  • pegging washing on the line
  • walking on uneven ground
  • when visibility is poor (refer to health professionals)
  • when feeling less confident (eg, better posture and free breathing improve confidence and relax the tensed muscles which leads to better balance).
  • when wearing multi-focal glasses
  • in association with other illness
  • in association with some medications (refer to health professionals)

Teaching participants to use awareness of breath, posture and weight transference, nd situational awareness during the above situations could help to reduce the rate of falling.

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Teach participants to incorporate mindfulness into their tai chi practice and to apply it whenever possible.  For instance, when waiting for the kettle to boil, try flexing the ankles or bend knees slightly and think of upright posture. Practise tai chi walking back and forth mindful of weight transference across the kitchen while cooking. When working at the bench, visualise wave hands like clouds and turn economically to reach objects from the left or right. Train themselves to think of the situation (where they are and what they are doing). For example, be aware of not over-reaching which may cause a fall.

When turning or stepping back and forth to appliances in smaller spaces such as the laundry, be aware of the transfer of weight from one foot to the other, to avoid twisting a knee or ankle. When vacuuming or cleaning windows, move the body from the waist, not just the arms.  Many tai chi students report that housework becomes easier this way. When watching TV, use the advertisement breaks to perform the warm up or Basic Six forms.

Tai chi practiced with the six essential principles and mindfulness of breath, weight transference, and situational awareness can easily be translated into many aspects of daily life with the results of a more stress-free life and the possibility of fewer falls. 


Update or Re-certification

Update or Re-certification
By: Dr Paul Lam
Why should I update my Tai Chi for Health instructor certificate?MT and ST training in Solothurn220
Regular updating is the only way to maintain the quality of our program. Almost all qualification require update including my medical qualification. Not only family physician in Australia are required to be accredited regularly in order to maintain the physician's qualification, their medical practice must be accredited as well.
 
Another advantage of the Tai Chi for Health update workshop is that you will also learn new knowledge, improve tai chi skill and network with your peers.
 
How to update?
You are required to continue to practice tai chi and teach the program as a form of continual growth. Your certification will be valid for two years, at the end of the two years, you can attend an update workshop either physically or by correspondence (for people with exceptional circumstances only). If you have multiple Tai Chi for Health certificates you can update all within a specially designed one day workshop. Your master trainer and Dr Lam will provide continual support with technical advice and other optinal training. Available update workshops are listed on this website under workshop calendar. 
 
The cost of an update workshop either face to face or by correspondence is approximately half of the certifying workshop.Jan nl 3
 
If you are not able to attend a face to face one day update workshop and wish to do the correspondence update, please contact the Master Trainer who have certified you with:
  • Date and location of your last workshop or a copy of your certificate
  • The reason why you cannot attend an update workshop
Alternatively, you can send the information above to Dr Paul Lam plus the reason why you are not approaching the master trainer who has certified you.
 
Your Master Trainer will send you a list of assignments. Complete your assignments within 6 months from the date you receive the list – and send back the assignments together with the fees to the Master Trainer.
 
Once your work has met the course requirements, an update certificate will be issued to you within one month. In the unlikely event that your work has not met the requirements, your Master Trainer will help you improve it and ask you to resubmit it. You can resubmit your work an additional two times. If after the third attempt you have not met the requirements necessary to pass the course, you will need to retake the certification training from the beginning and pay all associated fees.TCE2 Template Paul 2
 
The instructional DVD and the book “Teaching Tai Chi Effectively” by Dr Paul Lam, are required references for the update. You can purchase them through your master trainer or Tai Chi Productions online.

Is there a Appeal Panel?
Yes, there is an appeal panel should there be any complaint with this process. The fees for appeal are half of the course fees. If you are found to be unreasonably treated, your fees will be fully refunded. The appeal panel consists of Dr Paul Lam and four other master trainers: Dr Pamela Kircher, Professor Rhayun Song, Mrs Patricia Webber and Mrs Elva Arthy. Please contact Dr Lam through service@taichiproductions.com if you would like more information.
 

 
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