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04-04-2006, 07:53 AM
Hi! My husband ,who as most of you know is healing from cancer, would like to take up Tai Chi or some such fitness routine. Any suggestions from your experience on a good way to get him started?
Thanks so much
04-04-2006, 09:14 AM
Hey Carmel, did you call me at my grandmother's house? Somebody named "Carmen" or "Carmel" called and the only person with that name that I know is you! My grandmother didn't take a message.
Anyway... there is a form of Tai Chi called Falun Dafa that you can find online. The cool thing is that you can download the entire videotaped exercises also! There are 5 or 6 of them. To me, it's a great way to get started because you can do the exercises along with the guy.
How's your hubbie doing?
How are YOU holding up?
I saw a letter about hospice but I couldn't find your post. I get so lost in that string now. I worked in hospice for several years, if you have questions. I'd be happy to answer.
But what I got from the reply was that the doctor had given you a pamphlet on hospice. Basically, that is the doctor saying there is no hope and you should look into a place for your husband to go for his final days. Now if you and he were accepting death as an option, then I'd say hospice is a wonderful option. It is a place where people can die with dignity instead of with tubes and bells and whistles. I once took a man out into the rain in his hospital bed and danced around because he wanted to feel the rain on his face before he died. I also took a lady out to smoke a joint every few hours because that was her prescribed pain med.
HOWEVER, you and your husband have decided to LIVE... so I would just toss that pamphlet. You can always get another later on down the road 50 years or so when you need it! Keep your eyes on the positive road.. the positive goal... on HEALING.
What you concentrate on (worry about) is what you will manifest. Don't waste energy concentrating on defeat. Spend every single bit on creating health. Visualize him healthy and strong. Visualize the cancer dying, shrinking, leaving his body. Tell it to leave. He really needs to do this faithfully. Do not allow it to survive in his body! FIGHT it!
It can work. It DOES work. Read those stories of miraculous healing over and over and over. Make them your goal.
We're with you!
04-04-2006, 09:41 AM
Well, as I've taught qigong (taiji is a form of qigong or Chi kung), I may know a smidge about it. :)
First off, falun dafa is a form of qigong and it's very cool you can watch the vids online. You may also find a group of practitioners in whatever community you are in. It is free and open to the public. If I understand correctly you'll be moving out to Mass. way. Check this: http://falundafa-newengland.org/MA/index.shtml
Another qigong style which is very healing is chi-lel qigong. This you can learn quite easily by purchasing the vid. http://www.chilel-qigong.com/
Thing is, IF you can find a group near you, it's the best way to go. Personally, I've healed an infected toe, gallstones and a sciatic injury w/ a combination of good food, bodywork and qigong.
Even though I've taught for about 18 years now, I still go to class once a week to upgrade and refine skills PLUS be in the group energy.
04-04-2006, 09:58 AM
I've had this chronic tendonitis in my wrists for over 6 months. It began as a "trigger thumb" on my left hand, then moved into the OUTSIDE of my right wrist. The trigger thumb eventually resolved itself, but I'm left with literally NO range of motion side to side in my wrists. It's hard to explain. I can move my wrists like I'm waving "bye bye" but I cannot turn them like opening a lid or a doorknob, or side to side. It's WAY too painful!
I used to do Yoga, but can't do a lot of the poses now because I can't put any weight at all on my wrists without excruciating pain.
I bought a Tai Chi for Arthritis video and book, but many of the exercises involving the wrists are too painful.
Do you have any suggestions? I'd really like to heal these wrists. I used to play guitar, sew, paint and I find myself almost totally handicapped. I shouldn't even be typing, because it hurts. But I have to have some communication with the outside world and I love this group.
04-04-2006, 10:08 AM
Well, guess it's too far for you to come here and have me work on ya, huh?
Have you done the falun dafa movements? What you want to do is get the energy moving in them. Most wrist problems I've found start higher up ~ neck and traps actually. Thing is, most practitioners don't know this and will only work the wrists and doctors will perform surgery on the wrists rather than find the original point.
Besides qigong what I used to heal my shoulder (twice) was "swimming". I had extremely limited range of motion and a lot of pain so used the water to move it. Another thing you might try is some accupuncture. It helped my asthma but not my shoulder..although it may help your wrists.
Hope this helps,
04-04-2006, 10:26 AM
You are exactly right, Rev... I believe the issue is in my shoulders, neck and chest. Sometimes my chest is so tight, I massage it with a tennis ball between my ribs as far down as I can until it hurts my breast tissue too much to do it... then I reach far up in the air and lean back and all of those ribs release. It feels so good.
I have a lot of tightness and pain between my shoulder blades. I honestly believe if I could afford daily deep tissue massage this would resolve, but I can't afford that on $400 a month!
The swimming motion or swinging motion does help. I use the tennis ball on the wall behind me too, to massage the scapula area.
Where do you live?
04-04-2006, 10:28 AM
I've done a lot of accupuncture.
Cupping relieves the pain for a short time (between my shoulder blades).
My accupuncturist (bless his heart) causes me a LOT of pain. I'm very over-sensitive to pain and those needles really hurt me in some spots. But I should go back to him again... he works on a sliding scale and is very good. It's just hard to justify the cost right now when I'm barely surviving.
I have NOT been doing the Falun Dafa. But as soon as I get home, I'll look into a group. I do know that there are several groups in Portland. I'll find one.
Thanks for your help.
04-04-2006, 02:08 PM
Where do you live?
I'm in SoCal.
Let us know how the Falun Dafa works for ya. You DO have to be persistent and consistent yanno. *stands w/ hands on hips looking up to Ore.*
04-04-2006, 03:21 PM
We do magnetic qigong where you stand on the magnets and do the movements, you can really feel the energy moving with this exercise. Forever Young :cool:
04-04-2006, 11:47 PM
* yipee *
I was gonna mention Qi gong b/c Revvell teaches it----but she's too quick for me. :p
What I like about the Qi gong is the exercises can be done according to the "organ clock in tcm." :)
Best time to open window for lungs is no earlier than 9 am as according to tcm--some suggestions if it appeals.
I would also like to suggest exercising the mind thru deep meditation in the early morning surrounded by quietness. A nice heartfelt conversation with ones self and the body (yes, I mean talking to your organs,cells etc) to deepen healing.
Vocal sounds to awaken certain organs.
04-04-2006, 11:54 PM
Here is a link Qi Gong--that has subtopics on the left side to locate teachers etc.
04-05-2006, 12:02 AM
SweetGoddess, are you guys moving to Seattle? There are boatloads of teachers there, I'm sure! And the Falun Dafa workouts are FREE! :)
04-05-2006, 12:09 AM
RowanC, unfortunately, no they will not be moving to Seattle but it seems wherever they are moving to, they are looking forward to a new start.
btw, where hav eyou been? I was thinking about you last nite! :)
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