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Can Chinese Exercise Improve Your Health?

Posted Sep 22 2008 10:03am

When you think of exercise you might think of lifting weights or running. However Chinese exercise is different. It builds up your vital life energy naturally.

Let’s look at some of the origins of Chinese exercise. Hua Tuo (110-207 CE), a famous highly-skilled doctor of the Eastern Han Dynasty in China is credited with devising Chinese exercise to improve health. Hua Tuo was born into a poor family. His father died when he was only 7 years old. So he had to help support his family at a very early age. He started out working in an herbal pharmacy. Later in life as a doctor he created therapies and body-building methods that are of great significance in Chinese medical history. He invented herbal anesthesia. He discovered at special set of acupuncture points called the Hua Tuo Jia Jie. Hua Tuo was respectfully called “Originator of Surgery” by later generations. He was truly on the same level as Hippocrates, the father of western medicine.  Working as a Chinese doctor he observed that people needed exercise to be healthy. He developed Qigong exercises that mimicked the movements of animals. People still practice these exercises today.

This Fall you can learn Qi Gong exercises that utilize the movement of animals and nature to enhance your health. Join us to discover Medical Yin/Yang Qi Gong exercises and breathing movements that relieve stress and boost your energy. These are practiced to maintain health, promote longevity, quiet the mind, and prevent or treat illness. You also will learn:

Tai Chi for Neck and Back Pain…exercises to strengthen your body and prevent neck and back pain. These exercises are gentle and require no extra equipment. Enhance your balance, posture and cardiovascular functions. Tai Chi is gentle and easy enough to do in business clothes at the office. Recent studies show that it can provide as much cardiovascular benefit as moderate impact aerobics. You can learn to prevent pain before it happens.

When: Saturday; September 27, 2008; 10am-5:30pm
Where to go: Days Inn University, 2407 University Ave S.E. Minneapolis, MN 55414. Cost: Early Bird Special only $135 (before August 31st), PLUS receive a free HPA T-Shirt (with beautiful Chinese calligraphy, a $24 value) and FREE lunch ($15 value). $165 (after August 31st). Seniors (65 and older) 10% discount
To Register: Purchase on line now at For more information, call 612-866-4000. DVD’s and CD’s will be available for purchase at the workshop. Please wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing.

Steven Sonmore, L.Ac, OBT, has 20 years professional experience in the healing arts, and is a licensed acupuncturist, Qi Gong instructor, an Oriental bodywork therapist, and herbalist.  His health articles have been featured in Qi Journal, Essential Wellness News, the Phoenix Newspaper and many more.

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