Routine I like

As I mentioned previously, I have determined Qigong is the form of Yoga that I intend to do as part of my exercise protocol to minimize Parkinson’s symptoms. I have included excerpts from the newsletter with helpful information about the routine. To read the entire newsletter, it may be found at taichi18.com

In this newsletter, I would like to address some frequently asked questions and common mistakes made by students when they practice the shibashi qigong.
Frequently Asked Questions (Part I):Q. What is the ideal speed of doing this qigong?
A. The ideal speed for each person is different. The speed should depend on your own breathing since each movement is coordinated with breathing. If your breath is shallow, you may tend to perform the whole set faster than if your breath is deep.Beginners who have no previous training in breathing usually perform the whole set in about 10 minutes. That is about 12 breathes per minute.
In my videos, I performed the set in this pace since I assumed most viewers were beginners. After you remember all the movements and their sequence by heart, you should do it at your own pace, no need follow the pace of the video anymore.
When I practice this qigong on my own, I usually spend about 20 minutes to perform a set. That is about 6 breathes per minute or 0.1 Hz (cycle per second). Coincidentally, it makes scientific sense to perform the Shibashi at this pace.
…………..Studies have found that there are many positive effects both physically and emotionally when our bodies vibrate at this resonant frequency.For human beings, the resonant frequency of our system is approximately 0.1 Hz…………………………Most people should be able to perform the Shibashi at a pace of 6 breaths per minute (0.1Hz), after practicing daily for a couple of months. Again, doing the exercise at a comfortable pace is more important than trying to achieve 6 breaths per minute……………..

Q. What is the benefits of each movement?
……………..Just remember, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Q. Can I increase the number of repetitions for each movement?
A. It would be more beneficial to do the entire set twice instead of increasing the number of repetitions for each movement. However, if a particular movement makes you feel really good, you could repeat that movement a few more times.

Q. How often should I practice this qigong?
A. You may do it as often as you like. However, I’d say do the entire set twice in the morning and twice in the evening is enough. ………………

Common Mistakes – Shoulders:

Most beginners tend to raise their shoulders when they raise their arms. The shoulders should be relaxed all the time because when they are relaxed, you can breathe deeper, thus allowing the whole body to be more relaxed. Also, the qi flow to the arms would be much better when the shoulders are relaxed. Sadly, many beginners are often so tense and stressed out that they forget how to relax their shoulders.

Here is a simple technique to relax the shoulders:

a. Breathe in, raise the shoulders.
b. Hold the breathe for 10 seconds, hold the shoulders in the raised position.
c. Breathe out, let the shoulders sink down naturally.

Repeat steps a – c at least 9 times.
There is a free video clip on https://taichi18.com/online-video-course/shibashi that talks about how to check and make sure your shoulders and relaxed during the movements.

 

 

Involving my neighbors

I am fortunate to live in a community where neighbors actually know HOW to be good neighbors. We do not all attend the same church, but we all believe in the same God. My neighbors share the fruits of the harvest… and another shares his garage and tools, enabling my sweetheart to repair the brakes on another’s car out of the hot Florida sun and the afternoon rain storms. Our neighbors “have our backs”.

While we have been away from home during this past month (for the Parkinson’s clinical trial)… we felt comfortable knowing our neighbors and friends would provide care for our pets, and having been given access to our home, in our absence, some even opted to paint some of our walls, in a very professional manner… (asking permission first, of course.) 🙂

We have the absolute best HOA in the world. They ask for (an optional yearly fee of $35.) Some of the things I am aware of: They hold fund raisers, collect recyclables, loan tables, award scholarships to High school Seniors and have a monthly newsletter. We have not attended their meetings, because they are at the same time as our commitment for Temple service in Orlando. Despite our lack of participation, we continue to feel accepted and included.

When an outside evil crept in, breaking into cars, neighbors called to check on each other. And for the safety of all, they worked to have broken street lights repaired.

This week, I was invited to join with other women in our community for their Tuesday swim. They rotate, gathering at various pools each Tuesday. I needed to decline, 😦 because Tuesday happens to be the other day of the week John & I are regularly gone between 10 am and 6:30 pm.

BUT.. yesterday… I thought … perhaps we could find some of our neighbors who might be interested in meeting regularly on another day of the week to attend a Qigong class if I volunteered to lead it.

I tried Yoga, but I found the poses were to harsh for me. But this works for me. Take a look. AND try it.

Tai Chi Qigong Shibashi Set 1 – This qigong is one of the most popular in the world and is designed to balance qi flow. It is an effective and easy-to-learn routine which synchronizes gentle movements with deep breathing.

Do you think I will get any takers? The link below is a 24 minute routine I enjoy doing. The recommendation is to only learn three motions on the first time… and adding on three more in your next session. At that rate, it would require 6 sessions to learn the entire routine.

My Favorite Qigong so far

Sabotaging

I shared the YouTube video, with a fellow participant in the clinical trial, where a lady cheerfully proclaims she has her life back after faithfully doing Qigong for three hours a day. She indicates the decision to put in the time was a no brainer. Should she choose to remain on the couch for twenty hours a day, taking two medications and knowing the progressive degeneration would continue… Or, commit to three hours of each day, with hope.

My friend seemed interested when we viewed the YouTube interview where she proclaimed her success. But I was saddened with my friends attitude yesterday. He feared her claims must be generated out of some other motive… and were just that. unfounded claims. Said he: “She offered no evidence to substantiate her claims. How are we to know if she really was previously on medication? Or that she was previously so impaired as she stated?” Challenging her creditability, he continued. “I’m not buying it.”

I, frankly, was bothered by his attitude. Although he has personally experienced a reversal of numerous symptoms during this clinical trial, he strives to be realistic in his expectations for his future. In less than a week, he will no longer have access to the trial medication. With the FDA guidelines, and requirements… “It will be too late” for him,…once it is made available to the public. So, my friend prepares for the worst. He expects his symptoms to return and for the disease to continue to progress, depriving him of his mobility. Thus, it has been arranged. A chair lift has been ordered, to be installed in his home this next week, in anticipation of a return to his former (pre-trial self) and a downward spiral.

This morning, I challenged his thinking. Rather than question [FEAR] her motives or success, why not give it a try? Document your current status, and experiment on the process for yourself. What do you have to lose?

My friend nodded and indicated he might reconsider and give it a try. Thinking of his self sabotaging gave me cause to include a quote I saved: [blame it on my Parkinson’s] I failed to document who to give credit to.

“A fear is really just an erroneous belief. If we didn’t believe something to be true, we would have no fear. If we didn’t believe the lion was about to devour us, we wouldn’t be afraid. If we didn’t believe that failure was bad, even humiliating, we likely wouldn’t be afraid of failure. Sometimes, we are aware of our fears and we may even understand why we are afraid. But quite often, we are completely unaware of them or how they are sabotaging our best intentions.”

Evolving

My blog is bound to evolve. Today, I changed the front page.

The link ‘My Favorite Exercises’ is now ‘Jackpot of Exercises’

I wanted to have the Qigong YouTube training, in a place anyone could access easily. Then, I thought, perhaps I could share my find with others not choosing to follow my blog by sharing the url in a text.

Funny thing happened. of all the things I had on my post, this is the picture it picked up… neglecting to include the words preceding…

DON’T FALL FOR THIS:

 

YoQi : Yoga + Qigong

I really wanted to do yoga, after listening to the presentation by Dr. Laurie Mischley 4 days ago… posted in my blog under the title ‘Science Based Nutrition’. but I found the exercise poses I tried moved my back wrong and I began to suffer severe headaches. When I was gleaning insights from Fred Phillip’s blog, after reading what he had to say about Qigong [HIS comments follow below the three links] I discovered some youtube links… tried them, had no ill effects, and actually enjoyed them! Enjoying exercise is key to finding something I will stick with. 🙂

I can do these in the privacy of my room here at the clinical trial, while wearing a headset.

They are simple enough I can do them at odd minutes through out the day.

There are many other options for viewing, or connecting with an instructor.

…………………….. From Fred Phillip’s Blog:

Qi is pronounced chee and is usually translated to mean the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe and Qigong is intended to cultivate this energy. According to the National Qigong Association, qigong’s gentle, rhythmic movements reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality, and enhance the immune system. It has also been found to improve cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic and digestive functions.

I have been dabbling in qigong for a few years and I recently became aware of a couple of people who claim to have healed themselves of Parkinson’s through intensive qigong practice (up to three hours a day), which has inspired me to get into it full on!

Since intensifying my qigong practice, I have noticed that my balance is fine while doing the exercises … qigong has the same effect as flipping a ball. This is awesome and it encourages me to keep practicing!

There are many excellent videos on youtube to get you started and if there is a qualified instructor in your area, even better.

If you have difficulty standing unaided most exercises can be adapted to a sitting position.

I can’t say that doing qigong for three hours a day is going to heal you, but I do believe there are definite health benefits, so what have you got to lose!.