Now offering Tai chi for wellness and pain relief
Herb4Us Herbs and Acupuncture is proud to offer Tai Chi classes.
Taiji 太极, also spelled Tai chi, is Chinese martial art known for its slow, flowing movements. Although it has its origins as a fighting style, it has become increasingly popular as a form of mindful exercise, similar to yoga.
Sun style 孙氏太极
With hundreds of years of history, Tai chi has developed multiple styles, the most popular of which are Chen and Yang. Chen style is closest to its martial roots, with slow graceful movements occasionally interrupted with sudden bursts of power. Yang style is probably the most widely known, and the 24-step Yang form is the most popular and widely practiced form of tai chi in the world today.
However, these styles can be difficult on people who are recovering from injury, suffering from arthritis, or out of shape. The low stances and twisting motions of the Yang style, for example, can exacerbate knee injuries if not done properly.
Sun is a relatively modern style of Tai chi, in that it's only 120 years old. Sun style uses a higher stance and shorter steps, making it suitable for everyone, at any fitness level or stage of recovery. But, don’t be fooled by its subtlety, Sun taiji is an excellent and rigorous form of exercise.
Regular practice of tai chi can:
- Increase fitness, strength, and flexibility
- Boost the immune system
- Reduce stress and promote relaxation
- Alleviate chronic pain and improve posture
- Improved circulation and better healing
- Overall increase in health and quality of life.
Make a commitment to your health in the new year with tai chi! Open to the public, special discounts for members and patients.
In person classes begin January 3rd, 2021 at 2pm. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, classes will be offered in person and over zoom. For in person classes, please wear a mask and follow social distancing. To participate from home, please email us to request a zoom link
Contact us at (408) 962-0909 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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Dr. Davina has been practicing martial arts for over 20 years, and has practiced tai chi almost everyday for 12 years. Originally attracted to the athleticism and self-defenses aspects, she ultimately turned to tai chi to manage her chronic pain. After a spinal injury she was in severe pain, often experiencing 3-5 debilitating day-long headaches every week. Through the use of Chinese medicine, including a daily tai chi practice, she is able to live a full, active, and vibrant life.
She has nearly 5 years of teaching experience, having taught all age groups and fitness levels, from wheelchair bound elderly in retirement communities, to university students.