Tai Chi and Healing Body and Mind

Taijiquan and healing

“Breathe from the heels” is often said in Taoist qigong. “Aging starts in the feet” is another old quote. I’ve been teaching my students and patients lately to check for pronation or supination in the ankles and feet. If pronation or supination is occuring then there will be problems everywhere up. Stability and mobility will also be affected. Be sure to check if you have pronation or supination, otherwise this will affect Taijiquan and qigong practice and more. Massage, chiropractic, Tui-na, Acupuncture, are some modalities that can help. There are plenty of Youtube videos as well that show exercises to repair pronation and supination of the ankles. Sometimes a lift may be needed in a shoe as this may balance the length of the legs.

E-motion 2.0

If you have Amazon Prime for your TV I recommend that you watch a documentary called “E-motion 2.0” It talks about our energy body, emotions, and ways to alleviate pain. It brings about Chinese medicine view into light. Many of my patients have heard me talk about emotions and the mind-body, body-mind mechanism. For instance liver imbalance may make you prone to anger and anger can affect the liver. Same with all other emotions. 

One presenter Don Toman says, “Emotion really means energy in motion” he continues on with saying, “emotion is a vibration of energy, and the body takes on that vibration. When it gets stuck and trapped is where health problems start.” 

Another presenter was saying that the “Emotion code” a new modern scientific term, will be ways to help people learn to cut off the baggage we drag around us, so we can release and let go of it.”

Michelle Scharder Phd says, “Emotions get trapped in our body and we become sick. Trapped emotions, past traumas, and anxieties that are unprocessed in our subconscious are a source of what ails us.”

Thoughts create emotions, emotions create behaviors. Emotions lasting hours and days create a mood. Having the same emotional reactions for weeks and months creates your temperment. Having those refractory feelings and emotions for years becomes a personality trait. The way to change personality is to look at the emotions we have memorized and stored in body and release them. We use as much as 90% of our energy suppressing emotions. Trapped emotion cause patterns. Suppressing pain and symptoms with medications does not fix the problem. Symptoms are the body crying out, that something in wrong. In the toxic world we live in, we need to not only release toxins in the cells which tend to lock in emotions, but we need to remove the negative emotions and replace them with positive ones. The yang virtues which the chinese medicine talks about. Feeling is healing, and so we need to allow the self to address those emotions instead of resisting them, then you reach your true nature and find joy, peace, and happiness.

People secretly suffer by way of body parts. Lack of ability to do certain things may affect the knees, not having money or support can affect the lower back, having the weight of the world on your back affects shoulders and neck, difficulty making decisions affects the elbows they mentioned in the program.

Dr. Darren Weissman of the The Lifeline Technique says, “Disease patterns both physical and emotional, memories that are buried in subconscious when triggered, our body reacts. This reaction is called “Mal-adaption Stress reaction” and we are unable to adapt in the present “here and now” situation. The body reacts to something in the past as if it is going on here and now.”

Dr. Joe Disperanzo explained how when animals have stress like a gazelle that runs away from a lion and survives its stress is back to normal in 15 minutes. Humans on the other hand can trigger stress just by thought alone. A past bitter memory in any moment can seem very real. The heart rate accelerates, immune gets suppressed, and suddenly you’re anxious. 
The core of these stresses is emotions, memories, traumatic perceptions buried in the subconscious.

Jonathan Tripodi talked about fascia and how it connects the whole body. It is collagen and elastin fibers that conduct energy in the entire body. Fascia surrounds muscles and organs. When stressed it tightens. This tightening and inability to relax can harm the body. If we are constantly tightening and creating muscular tension it cuts off energy flow. By the way, the triple burner an organ in Chinese medicine is very much like the fascia pathways. Fascia has been a buzz word in the Chinese acupuncture community for a few years now as scientist have talked about acupuncture affecting this fascia layer. Fascia explains the interconnectedness of the body. He says muscular tension is the bodys defense mechanism to protect mind and body. Tensions over time create layers on the body, layers that damage joints, blood vessels, organs, bones, and other tissues.

Dealing with emotions. It is important to find and address the emotions. The documentary was exactly how Chinese medicine explains emotions. Take this chart for instance.

It is using the Chinese medicine model but adds other psychological issues that could be lingering in the back of your mind. So there is a method presented how to find your troubling emotion, but we will not share it here. If you find yourself having an emotion you can do several things. One is massage from the forehead back to the occipital area or nape of neck. This will stimulate the Du channel in Chinese medicine. This channel connects all channels and will subtly heal balance all the channels. 

This is almost the same as the Sahajia Yoga method, where they will have the meditator place left hand on forehead and say, “I forgive everyone“, then swiping the left hand back to nape area and say, “Whatever mistakes I have made consciously and unconsciously, please forgive me.

Another way they suggested is to do the Ho’Oponopono a method many Hawaiian’s do means “to make right”. This is simply to acknowledge the emotion and take responsibility for it by saying:
1. I’m sorry.
2. Please forgive me.
3. I love you.
4. Thank You.

The mind is powerful and can heal itself. Placebo is the mind healing itself, so the fake pill or fake surgery has shown healing. The opposite is Nocebo effect, that is… even the best medicine and best surgery does not always heal. This is a testament to the power of mind and belief system.

E-motions 2.0, is worth exploring since it takes from western psychology and chinese medicine. Another little tidbit: “Emotions that last for hours or days is a MOOD. Same emotional reactions for weeks and months is TEMPERAMENT, having the same refractory feelings and emotions for years is PERSONALITY trait. To change personality, look at emotions memorized and stored in the body”.

This is only the tip of the iceberg in many of the areas of emotional health they talked about so I hope you can watch E-motion 2.0 and find some great tips to better health.

One thought on “Tai Chi and Healing Body and Mind

  1. The the Ho’Oponopono is emulating what repentance truly is.

    Do you have any video’s on YouTube to help with arthrisits in the feet which my mom has with bone on bone and cannot walk.


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