Moving slowly, eyes closed, and using the breath to enhance the body’s relaxation, these Tai Chi like exercises will take you through continuous, flowing movements that gradually reveal the actual range within each joint. The movements are progressive, allowing your body to set the pace for increased mobility – never forcing a move or pushing past where the resistance begins.
The continuous, repetitive movements gently persuade the body to “let go”, bringing fresh blood supply and oxygen to the tissues being moved and to the surrounding area.
The movements all have a circular, spiral or diagonal component, assisting the muscles and connective tissue to be affected all the way to the attachment on the bone.
Done regularly, they create a permanent change in the muscles, tendons, ligaments and the joint capsule, that results in increased functional flexibility in your everyday activities.
The slow, deep breathing relaxes and opens the thoracic cage (chest and upper back), and as the arms move, even the small muscles between the ribs are softened, and loosened…permitting better respiratory function.
These exercises are safe, effective and “do-able” by individuals who are obese, with congestive heart disease, osteoporosis, hypertension, diabetes, coronary artery disease, rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, or who are recovering from surgery or illness.
Many of the exercises are the same as are in the abdominal strengthening program, but with a different application. They are designed to both stretch and strengthen simultaneously. They are the perfect “whole body” program.