Lemaire On Stress

Excerpted from The Body Talks...and I Can Hear It, by Jeanie Lemaire: It is pretty much common knowledge that stress is the number one killer in life, affecting all of our body functions and resulting in many diseases, and we are all aware that potentially stressful situations exist all around us.  What we have forgotten … Continue reading Lemaire On Stress

Breath Hitches (And Other Superstitions)

An odd thing about humans is that we tend to hold our breath in moments whenever we are attached to a particular outcome. Just after we've rolled the ball down the lane, hoping for a strike. Just after we've asked an important question, hoping for the answer we want. When we're watching our child try … Continue reading Breath Hitches (And Other Superstitions)

The 70% Rule

The 70% rule is a principal based in the healing function of qigong.  It says: "For best results, exercise at 70% of your maximum capacity." This applies to duration, intensity, and range of movement.  How long you practice, how intensely you exert, and how far you stretch, should all be at 70% of your maximum … Continue reading The 70% Rule

The Eternal Return to Health

The Earth is rotating on its axis and revolving around the sun, yet we perceive it to be static. We often make the same mistake with our bodies, believing that they are static and that a problem can't go away unless it is medicated or surgically removed. Yet the equilibrium state of our bodies is … Continue reading The Eternal Return to Health

The Emotional Component of Tai Chi

Tai chi both affects and is affected by our emotional state.  Emotions engage the whole body, including the neurological, muscular, and endocrine system, and tai chi does as well. Any form of meditation can calm and regulate the nervous system, but emotions exist in all the tissues of the body.  They are stored long-term as … Continue reading The Emotional Component of Tai Chi

Slow Down, Live Longer

In beasts from large to small, there is an inverse mathematical relationship between base metabolic rate and life span.  A fast heart equals a short life, a slow heart equals a long life.  In fact, the total number of heartbeats in a lifetime is roughly constant between species. This is likely part of the mechanism … Continue reading Slow Down, Live Longer