Recent study published in National Institutes of Health (NIH):
For patients with painful knee osteoarthritis, tai chi was as helpful as physical therapy in reducing pain and improving physical functioning, according to a new study partially funded by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. The results of the study, conducted at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, were published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.
In this study, 204 patients age 40 or older who had knee pain and proven osteoarthritis of the knee were randomly assigned to standardized group tai chi training (two 1-hour sessions each week for 12 weeks) or standard one-on-one physical therapy (two 30-minute sessions per week for 6 weeks followed by 6 additional weeks of home-based exercises monitored by the research staff). Both groups were then encouraged to continue their tai chi practice or home exercises for a total of 52 weeks. Patients in the two groups had similar decreases in pain and improvements in physical functioning after 12 weeks, and the benefits of treatment were maintained for the full 52 weeks of the study. Patients in the tai chi group had more improvement in depression symptoms and quality of life than those in the physical therapy group.
Previous research has shown that tai chi—a traditional Chinese mind and body practice that combines meditation with deep breathing, relaxation, and gentle movements—can reduce pain and improve physical functioning in patients with knee osteoarthritis, but this is the first study in which tai chi was compared with a standard treatment that’s known to be helpful. An important strength of the study was that the participants were typical of people with knee osteoarthritis; many were obese, and many were older. Nevertheless, they were able to participate in and benefit from both of the treatments that were evaluated.
The researchers concluded that standardized tai chi should be considered as an effective therapeutic option for knee osteoarthritis.
Our summer session begins Friday, July 1. We are offering students a summer session referral discount. Any student who refers someone that signs up for the summer session will receive a 10% discount to their own summer session class fee. Referral discount is available to currently and previously enrolled students.
Grandmaster Aiping playing tai chi push hands with Yang style tai chi grandmaster Ding Shui De during the Hangzhou leg of the China tour.
Join us on the Milford Green on Saturday April 30, 2016 from 10am - 1pm to celebrate World Tai Chi and Qigong Day. We will be joining the local qigong and tai chi teachers for demonstrations and free workshops. Our Saturday 9am - 10 am Yang style tai chi class will be held on the Milford Green and open to the public.
Here are some photos from our 2016 Chinese New Year and School 20 Year Anniversary Celebration. More photos can be found on our facebook album.
Here are some demonstration videos from the event.
Starting in our new session that begins January 5, 2016, we will be reuniting with Master Jack Guo and teaching our tai chi classes at Wu Dang Kung Fu Academy, conveniently located at 518 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT, next to Applebee's.