In an era in which Americans are primarily concerned with losing weight and gaining muscle mass, it is no wonder that the slow-moving martial art of tai chi has been a bit of a hard sell.
Tai chi won’t fold under your bed for easy storage, nor will it claim to reduce inches off your waistline in “just 3 minutes a day.” The reality is, however, that those who practice tai chi are likely to get stronger, have less anxiety, move more organically and gracefully, improve their balance and enjoy more flexibility.
Do you have pregnant clients? If so, you may want to let them know that body massage by a significant other can reduce stress hormone levels in pregnant women. The reduction in stress increases the likelihood of a successful full-term pregnancy, according to a new study conducted by the Touch Research Institutes at the University of Miami School of Medicine and Duke University Medical School’s department of pharmacology. (The Johnson & Johnson Pediatric Institute LLC, the National Institute of Mental Health and the March of Dimes supported the study.)
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An Introduction to Medical Qigong
Learn how the ancient art of Qigong can help you and your clients cope with the stresses of today's changing world.
What Is Medical Qigong?
With the fitness industry evolving at a record pace, many clients hungry for wellness programs, and the aging population looking for "kinder, gentler" ways to exercise, it makes a lot of sense to add Qigong to your ...
The life of a child can be stressful as he navigates school, peer relationships and other childhood circumstances. A new study has found that being physically active may help children manage stress more efficiently.
What stress management programs, if any, are you promoting at your facility? For example, are you promoting the benefit of stress management as a result of participating in any mind-body classes or workshops? If yes, to what population have the programs been geared (such as older adults, teens or prenatal/postpartum women), and how have the programs been received?
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Mind-body teaching professionals should consider reaching out to more teens, since mindful practices often effectively reduce stress. In 2013, the Stress in AmericaTM survey included teens for the first time (n = 1,018) and found that stress among this age group is rising, with negative consequences for both schoolwork and home life. American teens—from as young as 13 years old— reported unhealthy levels of stress, lack of certainty regarding stress management techniques, and rising levels of stress symptoms that adversely impact health.
Do your clients get very stressed at work? Let them know that even a little bit of mind-body practice during the workday may help. In a study reported in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2012; doi: 10.1155/2012/501986), researchers found that brief periods of yoga or meditation helped reduce stress among office workers.
The combination of stress and a sedentary job increases the risk of cardiovascular and metabolic disorders—and between the demands of work and family life, many office workers don’t find time for stress management practices.newsletter_teaser: Do your clients get very stressed at work? Let them know that even a little bit of mind-body practice during the workday may help. Researchers have found that brief periods of yoga or meditation reduce stress among office workers.