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Feel Better About Healthcare In 2010, Here's An App For That

posted Dec 20, 2009, 3:47 PM by Site Mgr   [ updated Dec 22, 2009, 11:44 AM ]
Make a New Year's resolution to take a personal interest in sustainable healthcare reform. Dynamic mind-body exercises improve wellness at all ages. Use Sun Moon Foot Tai Chi to hone new techniques for coordination and perception. Get out of the half-pipe or the bathtub unscathed. Tai Chi develops the balance and motor mechanisms in the body. "SMF Tai Chi HR", for the iPhone, reveals how to maximize the body's stability while in motion. Understand balance by watching how to position and strengthen key anatomical elements, like the body's core. Be confident that you only need one leg to stand on.

Deeper Understanding    Sun Moon Foot Tai Chi presents a unique visual perspective that makes practice more productive. Interacting with a master is a gift to be cherished. Watching demonstrations are instructive but, often biomechanical requirements are difficult to discern. Even in slow motion, it can be challenging to identify key transitions in movement. SMF Tai Chi solves the problem by pinpointing the orientational relationship between key body parts in a format that is easy to follow.

Master Momentum    Stability, power, speed and finesse are attained by controlling the momentum generated by the body's center of gravity as it moves through space. Tai Chi, like many sports, uses the core muscles to power and direct the limbs. Sun Moon Foot Tai Chi's animations illustrate this technique of propulsion by showing how the movement of the hips affect the weighting of the legs and purchase of the feet. 
  • Each movement is broken-down into sequential segments with the waypoints of stability clearly identified. 
  • The 3D figures emphasize the anatomical alignment of the skeleton for each waypoint. 
  • The 2D aerial view highlights the flow of momentum and force from the body's center to the feet. 

Tai Chi is different from most mind-body exercises (like yoga) because it adds bodies in motion. Sun Moon Foot provides both a static and dynamic choreology of Tai Chi to help develop a new pattern for movement that is both agile and robust. 

Athletic Principles    One pillar of Tai Chi is an appreciation of dynamic balance and strength; this makes it applicable to many sports like surfing, skiing or rock climbing. Traditionally, Tai Chi is practiced continuously with every movement in one's daily life. From a practical standpoint, Tai Chi is learned in the context of a style and form. There are several major styles with their associated forms, kind of like different dialects of the same language. There is an interesting story in every style and some common lessons from them all. The system for movement is one of the common lessons among different Tai Chi styles.

Healthy Mind & Body    The form is a set of postures that are repeated in different orientations to "form" a string of sequential positions. Practicing a form (any style's form) is good for the body because you are learning a new pattern of neuromuscular control. 
  • The brain wins because the learning process is fostering neuroplasticity. 
  • The body wins because it is staying in shape and learning to recover from (or better yet, avoid) unbalanced situations. 

It's important however, to learn the proper techniques of movement and awareness that are common to all styles and forms. SMF Tai Chi's choreology illustrates proper control of the body's center of gravity. Sun Moon Foot derives its exercises from the Yang Short Form adapted by Grandmaster Cheng Man-ch'ing in the middle third of the last century. 

Perceive and move well to be in good stead for any situation.