Blood Work: United Tai Chi digest 11/13/13


  • Healthy circulation: it’s not just for periodicals (and WordPress blogs). Increased circulation of your chi with internal arts likewise increases your rate of blood circulation, resulting in “feeling stronger, more comfortable and more relaxed as you stand” (The Way of Energy, Lam Kan Chuen). Blood pressure is also positively impacted with Tai Chi and related internal arts, owing to their function as a stress reliever and relaxer –e.g., Peter Wayne’s Wayne’s Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi comments on studies showing decrease in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure readings with regular practice of Tai Chi.  Blood is impacted by the healthy functioning of the liver, spleen and heart.  “Blood in Chinese medicine is the physical expression of a sense of self. It nourishes and moistens our self-esteem, providing a rich understanding of who we are.”  (Wood Becomes Water, Gail Reichstein).  Body and mind tension are related to the flow of blood circulation to and from the brain, and a shortage may rob you of “the juice to process information rapidly and make insightful decisions. Equally, when the blood does not drain from the brain, your thought process and internal dialogue may become busy, confused, overly involved and heavy” (Tai Chi Health for Life, Bruce Frantzis).  Improved blood circulation also assists our joints.  A fave of mine, the 1994 film “Quiz Show” about TV game show scandals of the 1950s, a contestant panders to the host and advertisers, saying his wife’s tired blood was helped with Geritol.  Perhaps she could have used a little Tai Chi if you ask me. Dexter, Shakespeare, Sam Peckinpah, Carrie, Dracula, Joel & Ethan Coen –they knew the importance of some quality plasma. 


  • Upcoming class notices: Tuesday nights at Radley Run country club in West Chester in the works Very Soon, and potentially a 2nd night class at Lionville Natural Pharmacy Holistic Health Center  added on to our current Thursday one (one night for Tai Chi only, other night for a variety of internal arts).  I have heard back from a few about Radley Run; other locals please voice your pharmacy interest.



  •  Wrap-up of recent classes:  Practicing sensing our internal connections during some of the postures and warm-ups (organs, joints, etc.). Thirteen postures.  A brief journey into Yang108 part 2 opening moves for a few of the afternoon students.  Introduced some bagua animal stepping like Bear and Lion (thanks Janet for the roar).  Standing 10. Reviewed some drills with the Neutralize posture.  Discussed palm changes controlled by the hip.  Yin palms and receiving/understanding.  Joint postures in opening bow (thanks Ellen for the questions).  Saliva, and health benefits when your “three rivers flow” (mouth, eyes, nose). Reviewed play the pan pan. Discussed snake-spine versus turtle back.  Quote of the day: “I hope she’s not pregnant” (chronologically mature student Dave, on his wife’s light-headedness).   


  • Student News & Events: Welcome new students, including Beth and Mike. Thank you Angel Tree sponsors who have signed up—those of you who chose chip-in funds instead of gifts please see us this week as are designated shoppers will be out this weekend. Best wishes to Chris M heading south for the winter soon.  Another viewing of the empowering “Girl Rising” documentary was attended by Judith’s church.  “Man of Tai Chi” on-demand movie and pizza night was grand Monday night, thanks to those who shared it with me.  Annual holiday breakfast thank you for Christian coming up this quarter, date TBD, watch for details.  A proposed internal arts sharing community (class or event or networking) with folks from Master John Armstrong and Dr. Al Tolbert’s classes –dubbed a “meeting of the three families” (do I need a blood oath?).  Irene indicates the women’s shelter in Coatesville is accepting household goods or youth items –Gateway shelter at CWYA 610-384-9591or  Likewise the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County 610-431-3546 or  Send your positive healing energy, and Red Cross support, out to families devastated by the typhoon impact in the Philippines.  Welcome @Jimmy_Lokrond  (Indonesia) @clinic_INMI (Ireland) to our international Twittersphere and readers in Hong Kong and Taiwan have found us on WordPress.   And finally, a happy 40th birthday on the 13th to my ‘baby’ brother Patrick.  Thank you guys for your continued dedication to internal arts and supporting our events and practices this busy time of year.


  • Weekly Schedule:


Lionville YMCA  … 100 Devon Drive  Exton PA

Mon, Weds, Fri

7:30 AM


Eagleview YMCA …699 Rice Blvd  Exton PA

Tues, Thurs

4:45 PM



Lionville Natural Pharmacy    309 Gordon Dr Exton

[90 min., small   class attention, *$25 drop in rate]



7:00 PM

Coming Soon…

Tuesday night class at Radley Run Country Club in West   Chester [separate fees apply]

And potential 2nd night class at Lionville   Natural Pharmacy  [separate fees apply]


7p or 7.30p

Private paid lessons available   upon request –check with instructor for scheduling


  • Follow these links to our social media presence on the web:



WORDPRESSS weekly newsletter blog


 Have a great week, and may all your armpits have tuna sandwiches.

Kathleen Rice    


One thought on “Blood Work: United Tai Chi digest 11/13/13

  1. Deb Orsini

    I can’t express enough the effect Tai chi has on the brain. The clarity, focus, calm and overall feeling of goodness is parallel to a spiritual walk. Memory, satisfaction and confidence keep me wanting more and more. The training will never stop and the healing will overcome. I would like to take a moment to thank two very special teachers, one past and one present. Their gift has become my treasure. Thank you.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s