Newsletter #135 - November 2012
The aim of Ahn and Song’s study was to determine the effects of Tai Chi exercise on glucose control, neuropathy scores, balance, and quality of life in patients with type 2 diabetes and neuropathy.
Rani Hughes in collaboration with Rachel Gleeson and Neil Turton-Lane gave an account of the inaugural World Diabetes Day in Melbourne, Australia in 2011
Janice Green organised an open-air tai chi day to provide an enjoyable and fulfilling tai chi experience for all.
For Jef Morris, the essential principles, more than words, is a way of living, a way of seeing ourselves, and the world in a different way.
Caroline Demoise reflects on being thankful for tai chi.
Featured Profile, Meghan Bryant
Nov 01 - 02. Tai Chi for Kidz Instructor Training
Nov 10 - 11. Tai Chi for Energy Instructor Training
Jan 07 - 12. One-Week Tai Chi Workshop
May 16 - 17. Exploring the Depth of Tai Chi for Arthritis
Jun 01 - 02. Tai Chi for Energy Instructor Training
Many other workshops conducted by my authorised master trainers are listed in Workshop Calendar.
S. Ahn and Rhayun Song, Master Trainer, Daejeon, South Korea
Rachel Gleeson, Diabetes Educator; Rani Hughes, Master Trainer and Neil Turton-Lane, Team Leader in Consumer Participation Mental Health, Melbourne, Australia
Our inaugural World Diabetes Day was held during our regular tai chi class in November 2011. We are currently planning a bigger celebration for World Diabetes Day 2012.
Our tai chi program is a successful collaboration between private and public health sector in Melbourne, Australia. The program is funded by Reclink, an organization who seeks to support socially disadvantaged members of our community, and Western Region Health Centre, a leading provider of community health services in Melbourne’s West. Rani Hughes, a private occupational therapist, is the tai chi instructor.
As a team, we aim to improve health and wellbeing through the mind/body benefits of tai chi, as well as developing a community to draw people together through shared learning and a common goal. Our weekly tai chi program has been running for over five years.
Last year, we invited our regular tai chi group, as well as others associated with Reclink or Western Region Health Centre to celebrate World Diabetes Day. Approximately 55 people attended, including non-English speakers who came with peer support workers and people living with chronic illness. This number far exceeded all our expectations.
After a brief introduction, we learnt the warm up exercises from the Tai Chi for Diabetes program. As there were people of all levels of ability and fitness, some people participated in standing, while others participated in seated during the session. It was wonderful to have our regular tai chi members around the room, so the ‘newies’ could follow them. The group learnt “Fair lady works the shuttle”, a movement from the Tai Chi for Diabetes program. This movement worked well in both seated and standing position. After the cool down exercises, we reflected on how we felt after tai chi. Most people were surprised at how relaxed, happy and alert they felt. We explored how and why tai chi helped to manage diabetes.
The large group was divided into two. People with diabetes went into one group, and people without diabetes into another. The group without diabetes completed a short screening tool with diabetes educators to assess current risk factors. If they were identified as high risk for developing diabetes, they made an appointment to see the diabetes educator for further discussions. The people with diabetes gathered around a large ‘felt man’ to see what occurred to the body during the diabetes process. The felt man had removable ‘felt’ organs and ‘food’ to visually explore how the body functioned with and without diabetes. A diabetes educator facilitated this session answering many questions.
Our celebration of World Diabetes Day was completed with a nutritious snack and feedback forms. We received wonderful feedback from participants, health professionals involved and volunteers and we are currently planning for our 2012 World Diabetes Day celebration.
Ensure you have planned all aspects of your event. Eg. Who is your target audience? How will you promote your event?
Supplying a healthy snack, people had an opportunity to mix in an informal way. Many discussions about diabetes and tai chi occurred during this ‘informal’ time.
Evaluate your event. Explore what worked well, and what could be improved for a future event?
To accommodate the wide range of abilities from beginners to the experienced, we formed three groups to ensure everyone had an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. Sadly, our Manchester weather lived up to its famous reputation and the rain curtailed our plan for this to be mostly in the open air. Fortunately, being Mancunians, we had made contingency plans and provided excellent indoor facilities to reduce the impact of such weather problems. A most enjoyable afternoon was had by all, with three groups working on a variety of forms including TCA, TCO and TCE.
A view of health, and harmony.
Tai chi has been an important part of my life for over twenty-seven years and I am grateful for the gifts that practicing movement slowly, mindfully and with awareness has brought into my life. Before tai chi, I did not realize how much tension and stiffness my physical body was holding on to or how much I was going to like becoming more coordinated in everyday movements. I did not realize how fear and worry had shaped my life and what it would be like when that cloud began to evaporate. Life is easier now. I look for unexpected good things to happen and my life is full of these gifts. There are times now when my movements even feel graceful. During tai chi I can imagine being a flowing tributary of water moving through obstacles in life, encountering whatever happens and finding a way to flow around each challenge or joyfully receive each amazing windfall and continue on effortlessly in the adventure of life.
Meghan Bryant’s tai chi journey commenced when she started teaching a balance course to seniors at a retirement facility based on the warm ups of the Tai Chi for Arthritis program and a few Yang Style tai chi moves learned at a continuing education course for therapists.
As Meghan continued her journey in tai chi, she gained knowledge in Sun 73, Chen 36 & 56, the Combined 42, Yang 40 and the Fan Form at Dr Lam's USA One Week Workshop in June. In more recent years, she has also enjoyed sharing dance moves and a few music notes at the talent show at the One Week Workshop.
The need to share her tai chi experience with others was strong, so Meghan started classes with the local Parks & Recreations in Fluvanna County and Louisa County and local country clubs who were very supportive in sharing tai chi with their members. She has also been teaching at Peidmont Virginia Community College since 2009.
Meghan has presented several times at VAACE( VA Adult Continuing Education Conference), at local celebrations (Family Days in Louisa County, World Laughter Day in Staunton), Retirement Fairs and even her State Senate. She has held Qigong/ Tai Chi Celebrations since 2007 and has collaborated with other instructors of movement to create workshops to help introduce people to their forms.
Meghan was approached by Marty Kidder, Master Trainer, about starting down the path of Senior Trainer. This included helping to arrange and assist in two Tai Chi for Arthritis Instructor Training Workshops.
Whilst helping to promote these workshops, Meghan was asked to provide demonstration classes to several at risk areas in the Charlottesville Area. She has now been invited by the Local Health Support Groups to share tai chi with people with Parkinson’s and cancer.
In January 2013 Meghan will be travelling to Sydney to attend the One Week Tai Chi Workshop and the Master Trainers Workshop and so her tai chi journey continues……
Patient has chest pain if she lies on her left side for over a year.
On the 2nd day the knee was better and on the 3rd day it disappeared completely.
The patient has been depressed ever since she began seeing me in 1993.
The patient refused an autopsy.
Patient has left his white blood cells at another hospital.
While in the ER, she was examined, X-rated and sent home.
Patient has two teenage children, but no other abnormalities
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