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The Gentle Mind-Body Arts of T'ai Chi and Ch'i Kung
Valley Spirit Taijiquan

Arthritis Therapy - Exercise:
Tai Chi and Qigong

Researched By
Michael P. Garofalo
Tai Chi for Arthritis Instructor

March 13, 2007


 

 

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Bibliography and Links
Arthritis Therapy - Exercise: Tai Chi and Qigong

 

 

Aligned, Relaxed, Resilient:  The Physical Foundations of Mindfulness.   By Will Johnson.
Boston, Shambhala, 2000.  137 pages.  ISBN: 1570625182.  


The Alternative Medicine Foundation


American College of Rheumatology
  


American Occupational Therapy Association   


Anatomy of Hatha Yoga: A Manual for Students, Teachers and Practitioners
.  
By H. David Coulter.  Foreword by Timothy McCall.  Honesdale, Pennsylvania, 
Body and Breath, 2001.  Index, bibliography, appendices, 623 pages.  
ISBN: 0970700601.  MGC.  2002 winner of the Benjamin Franklin Award for
Health, Wellness and Nutrition.  


Anatomy of Movement.   By Blandine Calais-Germain.   Seattle, Washington, 
Eastland Press, 1985, 1993.  Translated from the French by Nicole Commarmond.
Index, 289 pages.  ISBN: 0939616173.  MGC. 


Arthritis and Chinese Herbal Medicine
.   By Pi-Kwang Tsung and Hone-Ven Hsu.  
Oriental Healing Arts Institute, 1993.  32 pages.  ISBN: 0941942252.


Arthritis and Exercise   Google Search    


Arthritis and Qigong    Google Search


Arthritis Exercise.   By John H. Bland, M.D.  12Kb.  


Arthritis Exercise Book.  By Gwen Ellert.  108 pages.  


Arthritis, Exercise: What You Should Know.   By Maria Rippe, RNC.  


The Arthritis Foundation of America


The Arthritis Foundation's Guide to Alternative Therapies.  By Judith Horstman.
Editors: William J. Arnold, Brian Berman, J. Roger Hollister, and Matthew H. Liang
from the Arthritis Foundation.  Longstreet Press, 1999.  1st Edition.  
285 pages.  ISBN:  0912423234.   


The Arthritis Foundation's Guide to Good Living with Osteoarthritis.  By the
Arthritis Foundation.  Longstreet press, 2000.  300 pages.  ISBN: 0912423250.


Arthritis Insight - Exercise - Tai Chi Chuan


The Arthritis Society of Canada   


Arthritis: The Chinese Way of Healing and Prevention.  By Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming.  Edited by
Alan Dougall.  YMAA Publications, 2nd Revised Edition, 1996.  145 pages, 110 illustrations.  
ISBN:1886969426.    Review      Audiotape version read by Richard Crittenden.  
Videotape version, VHS 80 minutes.  


Arthritis Therapy - Exercise: Tai Chi and Qigong  By Michael P. Garofalo.  Links, bibliography,
quotes and notes.  2006.  45Kb.  



Arthritis, What Exercises Work
: Breakthrough Relief for the Rest of Your Life, Even After
Drugs and Surgery Have Failed.   By Dava Sobel and Arthur C. Klein.   St. Martins
Press, 1995.  Reprint Edition.  200 pages.  ISBN:  0312130252.


Better Health Through Walking  


Causes of Arthritis from a Chinese Medical Perspective.  By Yang, Jwing-Ming.  12Kb.  


Characteristics of PACE (People With Arthritis Can Exercise)


Qigong and T'ai Chi Ch'uan.  Guides, bibliographies, links, quotations, notes, lessons.


Clinical Trails Show How Tai Chi Chuan Helps Heart, Arthritis, and Motor Function.
By Bill Gallagher, PT, MS   


Cloud Hands Website (Taijiquan and Qigong) - Subject Index  


The Complete Book of Chinese Health and Healing.  By Daniel Reid.  Random House,
1994.  484 pages.  ISBN: 0877739293.  


Cross-Training for Dummies.  By Tony Ryan and Martica K. Heaner.   Foster City,
California, IDB Books, 2000.   Index, appendices, 350 pages.  ISBN: 0764552376.  


Crystal T'ai Chi


Curing Arthritis Exercise Book.   By Margaret Hills, SRN and Janet Horwood.
Sheldon Press Book.    


Diabetes Therapy  - Exercise: Tai Chi and Qigong.  Links, bibliography,
quotes, notes.  30Kb+  


The Doctor's Heart Cure.  Beyond the Modern Myths of Diet and Exercise.  The Clinically
Proven Plan of Breakthrough Health Secrets that Help Build a Powerful, Disease
Free Heart.  By Al Sears, M.D..  Dragon Door Publications, 2004.  320 pages.  
ISBN: 0938045652.   Recommends the PACE exercise program.  


The Efficacy of the ROM Dance Program for Adults with Rheumatoid Arthritis. 
Deusen, J., . (1987). American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 41(2), 90-95.   


"Effect of Sun-style Tai Chi on physical fitness and fall prevention in fall-prone older adults."
By Jung Hyun Choi, Jung-Soon Moon and Rhayun Song, South Korea.  Journal of Advanced 
Nursing
:  Volume 51.2, pages 150-157, 2005.  


Effects of Tai Chi Sun Style.  "Journal of  Rheumatology: 2003;30:2039-44."


Eight Section Brocade Qigong    Eight Treasures Chi Kung.   By Michael P. Garofalo.   
Instructions, notes, links, bibliography, quotations, and charts.  A qigong training
method that will help people overcome stiffness.  300Kb+.


The Essential Book of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  By Liu Yanchi, Fang Tingyu, Kathleen
Vian, Peter Eckman, and Chen Laidi.  Columbia University Press, 1988.  305 pages.
ISBN: 0231103573.  


Evaluating the safety and potential use of a weight-bearing exercise Tai Chi Chuan 
for rheumatoid arthritis patients. Kirsteins, A., Dietz, F., & Hwang, S. (1991). 
American Journal of Physical and Medical Rehabilitation
, 70(3), 136-141.


Exercise and Arthritis.   American Council on Exercise.  


Exercise and Arthritis.   American College of Rheumatology,  


Exercise and Arthritis - An Introduction.    Arthritis Foundation.  


Exercise Beats Arthritis: An Easy to Follow Program of Exercises.   By Valeria Sayce
and Ian Fraser.   Bull Publishing, 1998.  1st Edition.  133 pages.  ISBN: 0923521453.


Exercise Can Beat Arthritis.  VHS Videotape.  New Video, 1990.  ISBN: 6301858751.


Exercise Danger:  30 Exercises to Avoid plus 100 Safer and More Effective Alternatives.  
By Grant Donovan, Jane McNamara, and Peter Gianoli.  Wellness Australia PTY LTD, 1989, 
1997.  ISBN: 1875139036.   29 pages.  


Exercise: Essential Treatment for Arthritis   


Exercises for Arthritis   43Kb.  


Fact sheet on Tai Chi Chuan for Persons with Disabilities.  NCPAD is part of the
Department of Disability and Human Development in the College of Applied Health Sciences 
at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Fitness and Well Being:  Guides, Links, Bibliographies, Quotations, Notes  


Free Your Breath, Free Your Life.  How Conscious Breathing Can Relieve Stress,
Increase Vitality, and Help You Live More Fully.   By Dennis Lewis.  Boston, 
Shambhala Press, 2004.  Index, recommended reading, 193 pages. 
ISBN:  1590301331.   


The Healer Within.  Using Traditional Chinese Techniques to Release Your Body's Own
Medicine - Movement, Massage, Meditation and Breathing.  By Roger Jahnke, O.M.D.  
Harper San Francisco, 1999.  288 pages.  ISBN: 0062514776.


The Healing Power of Exercise
: Your Guide to Preventing and Treating Diabetes, Depression,
Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Arthritis and More.  By Linn Goldberg and Diane L. Elliot.
John Wiley & Sons, 2000.  1st Edition.  304 pages.  ISBN: 0471348007.


The Healing Promise of Qi: Creating Extraordinary Wellness Through Qigong and Tai Chi.
By Roger Jahnke, O.M.D..  Chicago, Contemporary Books, 2002.   Index, notes, extensive
recommended reading list, 316 pages.  ISBN: 0809295288.


Healing Moves: How to Cure, Relieve, and Prevent Common Ailments with Exercise.
By Carol Krucoff and Mitchell Krucoff.  Illustrated by Adam Brill.  Three Rivers Press,
2001.  320 pages.  ISBN: 0609807951.


Health Benefits of Taiji   


International Institute of Medical Qigong    Johnson, Jerry Alan   Ph.D., D.T.C.M., D.M.Q.   
Pacific Grove, California.   


International League of Associations for Rheumatology   


Jobs' Body: A Handbook for Bodywork.   By Deane Juhan.  Foreword by Ken Dychtwald.
Barrytown, New York, Station Hill Press, 1987.  Index, bibliography, 365 pages. 
ISBN:  0882681346.  


"Joint Benefits: Yoga and Arthritis."  By Shelly Morrow.  Yoga Journal, February, 2002, 
pp. 84-91, 156-159.    


Knocking at the Gate of Life and Other Healing Exercises from China.   Official Manual of the
People's Republic of China.   Translated by Edward C. Chang.    Pennsylvania, Rodale Press, 1985. 
Index, 202 pages.  ISBN:  0878575820. 


Korean National University.  In 2000, medical staff at the Korean National University 
studied
the effects of Sun-style Tai Chi Chuan exercise on pain, balance, muscle strength, 
and physical functioning in older women with osteoarthritis.   They found the exercise 
both safe and effective.  Article


Dr. Paul Lam's Website   


Lifestyle physical activity interventions. History, short-term and long-term effects, and 
recommendations.  By A. L. Dunn, R. E. Andersen, and J. M. Jakicic.  American Journal
of Preventive Medicine,
15(4):398-412, 1998.


Maximizing the Arthritis Cure: A Step by Step Program to Faster, Stronger Healing During
and Stage of the Cure.  By Jason Theodosakis, M.D., Brenda Adderly, M.H.A., and Barry
Fox, Ph.D.  St. Martin's Press, 1999.  302 pages.  ISBN: 0312969163.  
Audio Cassette Version ISBN: 0694519545.   


Meditation: Guides, Links, Bibliography, Quotations, Notes, Lessons.


Move Those Joints: Therapeutic Exercise for Arthritis.  VHS videotape.
Directed by Jim Burnworth.  1995.   ISBN: B0000515ZR.   


National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases,
National Institutes of Health


The New Yoga for People Over 50: A Comprehensive Guide for Midlife and
Older Beginners.  By Suza Francina.  Deerfield Beach, FL, Health Communications,
Inc., 1997.  Bibliography, index, 283 pages.  ISBN: 1558744533.  An inspiring,
highly informative, and excellent guide for new yoga students.  Chapter 8, 
pp. 163- 184 is titled: Yoga Techniques to Prevent or Overcome Arthritis.   


Overcoming Arthritis.   How to Relieve pain and Restore Mobility Through a Unique Tai Chi
Program.  By Paul Lam and Judith Horstman.  New York DK (Dorling Kindersley) Publishing,
2002.  Index, reading list, resource lists, 144 pages, 165 color photographs.  
ISBN: 0789484315.  Reviews   MGC.   This Tai Chi for Arthritis program is supported by the
Arthritis Foundation of Australia and Arthritis Care of the UK, and adopted by the Arthritis
Foundation of the USA.   Designed by Dr. Paul Lam in conjunction with a team of Tai Chi and 
medical experts, it is proven by scientific study to relieve pain and improve quality of life, 
and supported by many arthritis foundations.


PACE.  People With Arthritis Can Exercise.  Arthritis Foundation.  


Patients Rate Tai Chi Chuan as a Remedy for Osteoarthritis
   Remedy Find


People With Arthritis Can Exercise (PACE)   Arthritis Foundation.   PACE courses were designed 
by physicians and other arthritis health professionals specifically for individuals with arthritis. PACE 
is an eight (8) week exercise course, which meets once a week for one hour.


Peking Taijiquan 24 Movement Simplified Form, Yang Style   List of movements.  


Qigong Empowerment: A Guide to Medical, Taoist, Buddhist, and Wushu Energy
Cultivation.   By Liang, Shou-Yu and Wu, Wen-Ching.  Edited by Denise Breiter-Wu.
Rhode Island, Way of the Dragon Publishing, 1997.  Index, glossary, 348 pages.  
ISBN: 1889659029.


Qigong Yang Jwing Ming  


Qi Journal   


Questions and Answers about Arthritis   National Institute of Arthritis


Relaxation (Sung) in Tai Chi: Links, Bibliography, Quotes, Notes


Role of Exercise in Arthritis.   By Susan Bartlett.  John Hopkins Arthritis.  References


The Root of Chinese Chi Kung: The Secrets of Chi Kung Training.  By Yang Jwing-Ming.  
YMAA Chi Kung Series #1.   Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, Yang's Martial Arts 
Association, 1989.  Glossary, 272 pages.   ISBN: 0940871076.   MGC.   


Silk Reeling, Chan Ssu Gong:  Links, bibliography, quotes, notes.


Strength Training Anatomy.   By Frederic Delavier.  Champaign, Illinois, Human Kinetics,
2001.   124 pages.  ISBN: 0736041850.  Revised edition of "Guide des mouvements de
musculation" Paris, Ditions Bigot, 1998.  An outstanding illustrated guide to muscles
at work.   Both male and female models are used.  MGC.  


Strong Women and Men Beat Arthritis: The Scientifically Proven Program That Allows
People with Arthritis to Take Charge of Their Disease.  By Miriam E. Nelson, Kristin
Baker, and Lawrence Linder.  Putnam Publishing Co., 2002.  288 pages.  
ISBN:  0399148523. 


"Studies on the Health Benefits of Tai Chi."  By Charlotte Jones. T'ai Chi: The International Magazine of Tai Chi Chuan: Vol. 30, No. 4, August, 2006, pp. 14-20.  Bibliography.   


"Study Shows T'ai Chi Aids Arthritis Conditions,"  T'ai Chi: The International
Magazine of T'ai Chi Ch'uan
, Vol. 26, No. 1, February 2002, p. 5.   


Subject Index to the Cloud Hands Website  


Sung (Relaxation) in Tai Chi: Links, Bibliography, Quotes, Notes  


Sun Style Tai Chi Chuan   Links, bibliography, videos, quotes, notes. 


Sun Style Tai Chi - 73 Forms.  The Competition Forms.  An instructional videotape 
by Dr. Paul Lam.  A competition form created by Professor Men Hui Feng of Beijing 
University based on the Sun style.  "This detailed instructional video includes a 
demonstration of the set by its creator, Professor Men Hui Feng.  Sun style is 
characterized by its powerful Qigong elements, agile steps and flowing 
movements."  VHS, 103 minutes.  Contents: Introduction to Tai Chi and the
Sun style.  Comprehensive instructions.  Demonstrations of the complete set
by Dr. Paul Lam from front and back views.  A demonstration by the creator
of the set, Professor Men.  


"Tai Chi - An Exercise For All Ages." By Paul Lam, M.D..  Arthritis Self-Management
November/December 2003.  


Tai Chi Chuan and Health Articles
    An excellent selection of articles presented by the 
Northwest Tai Chi Chuan Association.  


T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong.  Guides, bibliographies, links, quotations, notes, lessons.


Tai Chi Chuan: A Slow Dance for Health.  By John Cheng, MD.   "The Physician and 
Sports Medicine", Volume 27, No. 6, June, 1999.  Excellent advice for older persons.  


Tai Chi for Arthritis.   This website is dedicated to inform and promote the 
program "Tai Chi for Arthritis" developed by Paul Lam, M.D..  


Tai Chi for Arthritis.  DVD.  Narwee, Australia, East Action Video, 1997.  80 Minutes.  
DVD format.  In 4 languages: English, Spanish, French, and Chinese (Mandarin).
Created by Paul Lam, M.D., a family physician in Sydney, Australia and 
internationally acclaimed Tai Chi Chuan teacher.  This work is supported by 
the Arthritis Foundation of Australia.  Reviews   MGC.  


Tai Chi for Arthritis.  Instructional DVD, 80 minutes.  Narwee, Australia, 
East Action Video, 1997.  The DVD is in four languages: English, Spanish,
French, and Chinese (Mandarin). ISBN:  B000066G1X.
There is also an instructional videotape version.  Wellspring Media, 1998.  
ISBN: 1885538847.   Also available in Spanish and Chinese (Mandarin).  
Created by Paul Lam, M.D..  Created by Paul Lam, M.D., a family physician 
in Sydney, Australia and internationally acclaimed Tai Chi Chuan teacher.  
This work is supported by the Arthritis Foundation of Australia.  A short 
12  movement Sun style taijiquan form is used.


Tai Chi for Arthritis, Part 2
.   Videotape, 2001.  ISBN: B00005U59X.  Created by 
Paul Lam, M.D., a family physician in Sydney, Australia and internationally acclaimed 
Tai Chi Chuan teacher.  This work is supported by the Arthritis Foundation of Australia. 


Tai Chi for Arthritis Association of America   


Tai Chi for Arthritis Association of America Newsletters   


Tai Chi for Arthritis Handbook.  Created by Paul Lam, M.D., a family physician in Sydney, 
Australia and internationally acclaimed Tai Chi Chuan teacher.  This work is supported by 
the Arthritis Foundation of Australia.  60 pages.  Intended to accompany the use of
DVD or videotape Tai Chi for Arthritis.   Reviews   Narwee, Australia, East Action
Publishing Ty Ltd., 2000.  ISBN: 0957860501.  MGC.  


Tai Chi for Arthritis Newsletter    


Tai Chi for Health   Troyce Thome, San Diego.  Master Teacher of Tai Chi for Arthritis.  


T'ai Chi for Older Adults.   VHS videotape.  Instructional videotape by Paul Lam, M.D.
Wellspring Media, 1999.  ASIN: 188553891X.     


T'ai Chi for Seniors: How to Gain Flexibility, Strength, and Inner Peace
By Philip Bonifonte.  New Age Books, 2004.  216 pages.  ISBN: 1564146979.  


Tai Chi for Health.  Troyce Thome, Tai Chi for Arthritis Master Trainer.  San Diego, California.  


Tai Chi - Fountain of Youth.   By Frank Petrillo, Jr.  15Kb.  


Tai Chi: Health for Life.  How and Why It Works for Health, Stress Relief, and Longevity. 
By Bruce Frantzis.  Berkeley, California, Blue Snake Books, Energy Arts Inc., c 2006. 
Index, 320 pages.  ISBN: 1583941444.   MGC. 


Tai Chi Improves Balance in Strength in Older Persons   Science Daily report on 2005
article in the Journal of Advanced Nursing.  


Tai Chi Productions
.   Dr. Paul Lam provides Tai Chi information and instructional
videos, articles, DVDs and books.  


Tai Chi Productions Newsletters   


Tai Chi Reduces Falls in Older People, Senior Journal, 6/27/05


Taijiquan for Good Health, Fitness and Vitality   


Taoist Qigong for Health and Vitality: A Complete Program of Movement, Meditation and 
Healing Sounds.   By Hon, Sat Chuen.   Boston, Shambhala, 2003.  208 pages.  MGC.  
ISBN: 1590300688.  For an audio recording of the Healing Sounds is online.  


The Tao of Health, Sex and Longevity: A Modern Practical Guide to the Ancient
Way.  By Daniel P. Reid.   New York, a Fireside Book, Simon and Schuster, 1989.
Index, 405 pages.  ISBN: 067164811X.  


The Tao of Tai-Chi Chuan:  Way to Rejuvenation.   By Jou, Tsung, Hwa.   Edited by Shoshana
Shapiro.  Warwick, New York, Tai Chi Foundation, 1980.  263 pages.  First Edition.  
ISBN: 0804813574.  Excellent textbook. 


Dr. Jason Theodosakis Online   


Thome, Troyce.  Tai Chi for Arthritis Master Trainer.  San Diego, California.  


Top Ten Reasons to Exercise When You Have Arthritis


Treating Arthritis With Exercise


The United States National Medical Library/MEDLINE


Walking  


The Way of Energy: Mastering the Chinese Art of Internal Strength with Chi Kung Exercise
.   
By Master Lam Kam Chen.  New York, Fireside, Simon and Schuster, 1991.  A Gaia Original.
Index, 191 pages.  ISBN: 0671736450. 


The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing.  By Kenneth S. Cohen.
Foreword by Larry Dossey.  New York Ballantine Books, 1997.  Index, notes, appendices, 
427 pages.  ISBN: 0345421094.  One of my favorite books: comprehensive,
informative, practical, and scientific.  DVD and audiotape set from Sounds True.


Why Should People With Arthritis Exercise   Virtual Health - Men's Health.  


Yang Family Traditional Taijiquan Long Form


Yoga
   Guides, bibliographies, links, quotations, notes, lessons.

 

 

 

 

 

Quotations

 

 

"Tai Chi Chuan's many health benefits include increased strength, energy (Chi or Ki), balance, 
mobility, flexibility and coordination, along with an improved ability to handle mental and emotional 
stress, better concentration and improved posture. Today many doctors recommend Tai Chi to 
their patients to help rehabilitate themselves with both physical and mental problems. Many of 
the ailments include but are not limited to arthritis, rheumatism, heart disease, cerebral palsy, 
fibromyalgia, M.S., A.D.D., ostyroparlysis, anxiety and panic attacks, back and knee injuries, 
and cancer too name just a few. In fact many major foundations and organizations 
like The Arthritis Foundation recommend Tai Chi as a beneficial aid to help keep patients 
in remission."
-   Master Dodaro, Chicago Tai Chi Chuan and Shaolin Kenpo

 

"T'ai Chi is proven quite safe for the symptoms of most arthritis sufferers, and what is best
about this exercise is that they don't need any equipment or special clothes.  They can
do T'ai Chi ... any time during their daily life."
-  Rhayun Song, 2002, From a presentation at the annual meeting of the American College
of Rheumatology in San Francisco.  

 

"Two papers have demonstrated that people with rheumatoid arthritis can safely practice Tai Chi Chuan 
without exacerbating symptoms.  Kirsteins divided 40 patients in two groups: 20 controls and 20 who 
participated in Tai Chi Chuan.  He found that Tai Chi caused no significant exacerbation of joint symptoms. 
He concluded that Tai Chi Chuan could serve as an integral part of their rehabilitation program.  In a 
second randomized prospective study by Deusen, 16 patients who participated in a Tai Chi Chuan program 
were found to have greater upper extremity range of motion than the control group who did not 
participate in any exercise program."
-   Bill Gallagher, Clinical Trails Show How Tai Chi Chuan Helps Heart, Arthritis, and Motor Function.

 

"Doing research on the health benefits of tai chi is challenging because although we all 
know that tai chi has many benefits, some of those benefits can be difficult to define. In 
fact, the most interesting and subtle aspects of tai chi are the most difficult to research. 
Therefore, we look at qualities that are easy to measure, such as balance and strength. 
It's important to compare two completely identical groups and expose one to Tai Chi for 
Arthritis training and give the other group a different exercise, or just place them on a 
wait list. The professionals who measure the participants before and after the study 
don't know which individuals are in the tai chi group, so the results those professionals 
will give are unbiased. This is called a "blind, randomized controlled trial" and is 
considered the most reliable type of research."
-  Stephanie Taylor, MD, 11/2003, Tai Chi for Arthritis Newsletter #2 

 

"Studies have shown that exercise helps people with arthritis in many ways. Exercise reduces joint pain 
and stiffness and increases flexibility, muscle strength, cardiac fitness, and endurance. It also helps with 
weight reduction and contributes to an improved sense of well-being.   Exercise is one part of a comprehensive 
arthritis treatment plan. Treatment plans also may include rest and relaxation, proper diet, medication, and 
instruction about proper use of joints and ways to conserve energy (that is, not waste motion) as well as the 
use of pain relief methods."
National Institute of Arthritis

 

"A new study confirms what has been reported by other researchers since 1996 Tai Chi, a martial 
arts form that enhances balance and body awareness through slow, graceful and precise body 
movements, can improve balance, build strength and reduce the risk of falls in the elderly.  The new 
study published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing reported on a group of fall-prone senior citizens, 
with an average age of 78, living in residential care. Twenty nine undertook a 12-week Tai Chi course 
three times a week and 30 formed the non-exercise control group.  They found that the physical fitness 
of the exercise group showed significant improvement, with stronger knee and ankle muscles, improved 
mobility and flexibility and better balance."
-   Tai Chi Reduces Falls in Older People, Senior Journal, 6/27/05

 

 

 

 

 

Michael P. Garofalo

Tai Chi for Arthritis Instructor
23005 Kilkenny Lane
Red Bluff, California 96080
Phone: 530-200-3546
Send E-mail to Mike
Website:  Arthritis Therapy - Exercise: Tai Chi and Qigong

 

Mike Garofalo was certified by Dr. Paul Lam, MD, to teach the Tai Chi for Arthritis program.  
Mike was certified in the Tai Chi for Arthritis, Part 2 Course, on April 2, 2006, by the authorized
Tai Chi for Arthritis Master Trainer, Troyce Thome.  The Tai Chi for Arthritis program was 
created by Dr. Paul Lam and supported by the Arthritis Foundation of Australia, Arthritis 
Care of UK, and adapted by the Arthritis Foundation of the United States of America.  


In the one hour class, Mike teaches the standard Tai Chi for Arthritis program: 10 minutes 
of gentle warming up exercises, 40 minutes of Sun-style Tai Chi movement, and 10 minutes 
of cooling down exercises.  This gentle, energizing, and interesting exercise program is suitable 
for all adults; and, especially beneficial for individuals with arthritis and for all senior citizens.  
Students can sit and rest anytime as needed.  Persons with any serious medical problems 
should, of course, consult with their doctor before beginning any new exercise program.   


Sun style of T'ai Chi Ch'uan
was created by Grand Master Sun Lu-Tang (1861-1933).  It is
one of the five major styles of T'ai Chi Ch'uan practiced around the world.   Sun T'ai Chi Ch'uan 
is known for its upright and high stances, supporting "follow step" footwork, and energizing (Qigong
open-close movements.  The Tai Chi for Arthritis version of the Sun style of T'ai Chi Ch'uan, 
developed by Dr. Paul Lam, includes an 11 movement introductory movement form, and then
a 30 movement intermediate form (which includes the 11 movement form).  All T'ai Chi Ch'uan
movement forms emphasize relaxation (Sung), correct posture, concentration, elegance,
balance, openness, playfulness, calmness, and the effective use of the energy in the body.  
There is great depth to the mind-body arts of T'ai Chi Ch'uan, so that people can develop a
lifelong exercise habit to improve their fitness, health, vitality and sense of well being.   


Michael P. Garofalo, M.S., has studied T'ai Chi Ch'uan since 1986, and has been teaching 
T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong since 2000 for the Valley Spirit Center in Red Bluff, California.  
He also teaches T'ai Chi Ch'uan, Qigong and Yoga at the Tehama Family Fitness Center 
in Red Bluff.  He teaches the Yang and Sun styles of T'ai Chi Ch'uan, and many 
Qigong
forms.   


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Alphabetical Subject Index

 

Cloud Hands Website
   
Taijiquan, Qigong, Taoism, Classics, Weapons: Sword and Staff


Fitness and Well Being Website

      Gardening, Meditation, Walking, Yoga, Strength Training,
      Fitness for Older Persons, Aerobics, Relaxation  


The Spirit of Gardening

   
2,700 Quotes Arranged by 130 Topics, History, Guides,
     Psycho-Spiritual Aspects of Gardening 

 

Green Way Research
   
Online Publishing, Research, Indexing, and Services
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Web Guides, Bibliographies, Links, Directories, Quotes, Notes

 


Alphabetical Subject Index

 

Above the Fog  -  Zen Poems   

Aging Well   

Alphabetical Subject Index to the Cloud Hands Website   

Ancient Goddesses - Quotations, Poems, Sayings, Prayers, Songs

Animal Frolics (Wu Qin Xi): Tiger, Bear, Crane, Deer, and Monkey

Arthritis Therapy - Exercise: T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Chi Kung      

Bear, Standing Bear, Level 1 Ranking, Valley Spirit Taijiquan

The Bear: The Five Animal Frolics (Wu Qin Xi)    

Bibliography - Ch'i Kung

Bibliography - Taijiquan     

Bicycling in Northern California    

Bird - Five Animal Frolics (Wu Qin Xi)  

Blog - Cloud Hands: Taijiquan and Qigong by Michael P. Garofalo  

Blog - Green Way by Michael P. Garofalo

Blog - Valley Spirit Journal by Michael P. Garofalo     

Book of Changes (I Ching) and Qigong (Dao-yin)

Blog: Green Way

Breathing and Taijiquan     

Breathing and Yoga    

Breathing Practices: Bibliography, Links, Resources, Quotes    

Breathwork   

Broadsword (Dao, Saber)

Buddhism and Martial Arts    

Buddhism - Tibetan: Shambhala Warriorship, Tantra, Yoga

Buddhist Ethics

California (Northern) T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong Directory: Instructors, Schools, Information

Charkas (Energy Centers of the Subtle Body)

Chan Ssu Chin - Silk Reeling    

Cheng Man-Ch'ing  (1901-1975)    

Chen Style T'ai Chi Ch'uan     

Ch'i - Breathwork  

Chih - Taiji Ruler

Ch'i or Qi

Ch'i Kung: Bibliography and Links    

Chi Kung Blog  

Chi Kung for Seniors

Ch'i Kung Instructor: Michael P. Garofalo in Red Bluff, California   

Chinese Massage

Ch'i or Qi and Taijiquan     

Classes, Valley Spirit Taijiquan, Instructional Program

Classics of T'ai Chi Ch'uan     

Cloud Hands Blog  

Cloud Hands Blog RSS Feed

Cloud Hands: T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Ch'i Kung     

Cloud Hands T'ai Chi Ch'uan Journal     

Cold Mountain: Han Shan

Comments and Notes on the Yang Style Taijiquan     

Concrete and Visual Poetry     

Confucius (K'ung Fu-tzu)  (551 - 479 BCE)    

Contemplation

Crane - Bird - Five Animal Frolics (Wu Qin Xi)

Crane, Soaring Crane, Intermediate Program, Level 3, Valley Spirit T'ai Chi Ch'uan   

Cuttings: Short Poems by Michael P. Garofalo  

Cuttings: Above the Fog  

Dance and Taijiquan       

Dao (Saber, Broadsword)

Dao-yin (Qigong, Chi Kung)

Dayan - Wild Goose Qigong

The Deer: The Five Animal Frolics (Wu Qin Xi)    

Diabetes Therapy - Exercise: Taijiquan and Qigong   

Direction of Movements in Taijiquan and Qigong

Disclaimer of the Cloud Hands Website  

Eight Animals Qigong

Eight Ox Herding Songs -  A Ch'an/Zen Parable

Eight Rivers Qigong

Eight Section Brocade Ch'i Kung       

Eight Silken Treasures Qigong    

Eight Trigrams of the I Ching

Eight Trigrams and Taijiquan          

Eight Ways of Walking Qigong       

Embrace the One - Zhan Zhuang - Standing Like A Tree

Emptiness in Full Bloom    

Entering Tranquility (Ru Jing) Meditation      

Exercise - Diabetes Therapy - Taijiquan and Qigong   

Feedback, Kudos and Reviews for the Cloud Hand's Website     

Fitness and Well Being    

Fitness for Older Persons     

Five Animal Frolics (Wu Qin Xi): Tiger, Bear, Crane, Deer, and Monkey

Five Precepts of Buddhism     

Five Elements (Wu-Xing) and Taijiquan   

Five Stepping Movements of Taijiquan    

Flexibility and Stretching     

Five Elements (Air, Earth, Fire, Water, Metal)

Flowers

Flowers in the Sky     

Gardening: Quotes, Poems, History, Sayings

Gardening: Quips and Maxims by Michael P. Garofalo

The Four Gates: Grasping the Sparrow's Tail    

Michael P. Garofalo's Biography

Michael P. Garofalo's T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong Practice    

Glossary of Taijiquan Terms in English and Chinese (Pinyin)

The Goddess - Quotations, Poems, Sayings, Prayers, Songs    

Goose - Bird - Five Animal Frolics (Wu Qin Xi)  

Goose - Wild Goose Qigong             

Grasping the Sparrow's Tail       

Green Way Blog   

Green Way Research        

Green Way Research - Taijiquan and Qigong       

Green Wizard 

Gu Shen Taijiquan Journal     

Gu Shen (Valley Spirit) Taijiquan Instructional Program

Haiku and Short Poems     

Han Shan

Hatha Yoga

Health and Fitness - T'ai Chi Ch'uan    

Hexagrams and Trigrams of the I Ching (Book of Changes)

Hidden Tiger, Beginning Program, Level 2, Valley Spirit T'ai Chi Ch'uan   

Hsing Yi Chuan   

I Ching (Book of Changes) and Taijiquan and Qigong

Index to the Cloud Hands Website   

Indoor Cycling, Stationary Bicycling, Spinning   

Instructional Program, Valley Spirit T'ai Chi Ch'uan    

Journal - Valley Spirit Journal by Michael P. Garofalo

Kriya Yoga    

Kudos for the Cloud Hands Website

Kundalini (Coiled Serpent) Energy

Kwang Ping Taijiquan of Kuo Lien Ying     

Labyrinths and Mazes   

Learning and Teaching Taijiquan, Qigong and Yoga

Links and Bibliography: Qigong    

Links and Bibliography: Taijiquan       

Long Form 108 Yang Style Taijiquan     

Martial Arts - Virtures

Massage

Master Chang San-Feng  (circa 1350)       

Master Cheng Man-Ch'ing  (1901 - 1975)    

Master Han Shan  (circa 750)    

Master Kuo Lien Ying   (1895-1984)     

Master Sun Lu-Tang  (1861-1932)   

Master Yang Cheng-Fu  (1883-1936)   

Mastery, Self Control, Self Mastery, Choices, Will Power, Strength of Character

Meditation - General

Meditation and Breathing

Meditation and Walking    

Meditation Instructor: Michael P. Garofalo in Red Bluff, California        

Meditation Methods and Techniques  

Meditation Quotations    

Meditation - Standing Like A Tree  

Meditation - Wu Ji - The Edge of Emptiness     

Michael P. Garofalo - Brief Biography        

Michael P. Garofalo - Internal Martial Arts Practice History      

Michael P. Garofalo - Resume     

Michael P. Garofalo -  T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong Practice    

Minding the Breath

Months of the Year: Quotes, Poems, Links     

Mountain Biking in Northern California    

Movement Direction Instructions for Taijiquan and Qigong Forms

Moving Hands Like Clouds:  T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong    

Northern California Taijiquan and Qigong News in Cloud Hands Blog  

Northern California T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong Directory: Instructors, Schools, Information  

Northwestern U.S. Tajiquan and Qigong News in Cloud Hands Blog  

Notes and Comments on the Yang Style Taijiquan     

Nature Mysticism   

Nine Movement Temple Ch'i Kung Exercise Set

Oak Tree in the Courtyard    

Old Cloud Hands Website

Older Persons Exercise and Wellness Programs   

Oregon T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong Directory: Instructors, Schools, Information   

Original Cloud Hands URL    

Original Waving Hands Like Clouds URL    

Photography - Valley Spirit Photography Gallery    

Pilates: Links, Bibliography, Resources, Quotes, Notes

Pranayama: Breathing Techniques from Yoga     

Private Instruction by Michael P. Garofalo, Instructional Programs

Pulling Onions: The Quips and Maxims of a Gardener

Push Hands - T'ui Shou   

Qigong: Bibliography and Links    

Qigong Blog  

Qigong - Breathwork

Qigong, Ch'i Kung - Chinese Mind-Body Exercises    

Qigong for Seniors

Qigong Instructor: Michael P. Garofalo in Red Bluff, California        

Qigong-Yoga Exercise Cycle

Qigong Ruler - Taiji Chih

Qigong Walking      

Qi or Ch'i and Taijiquan   

Questions and Answers in Cloud Hands Blog    

Raja Yoga

Red Bluff, Valley Spirit Taijiquan Instructional Program    

Red Bluff, California, Qigong Classes

Red Bluff, California, Yoga Classes     

Relaxation and Taijiquan     

Resolve, Will. Willpower, Self Control, Self Discipline   

Resume of Michael P. Garofalo

Reviews of the Cloud Hand's Website     

Riding the Ox - A Zen Parable   

Royal (Raja) Yoga

RSS Feed for the Cloud Hands Blog

Ruler - T'ai Chi   

Saber (Dao, Broadsword)

Self Control, Self Mastery, Choices, Will Power    

Self-Massage

Senior Citizens Fitness Programs  

Senior Fitness - Red Bluff, CA

Sensing Hands: Push Hands - T'ui Shou   

Shambhala Warriorship: Tibetan Buddhism    

Shoong, Sung, Song  - Loose, Relaxed, Open, Yielding, Responsive     

Short Form, Yang Style, Beijing Simplified 24

Silk Reeling    

Simplified 24 From, Yang Style       

Soaring Crane, Intermediate Program, Level 3, Valley Spirit T'ai Chi Ch'uan

Soulful Gardening

Speaking to the Spirit Meditation

The Spirit of Gardening    

Staff Weapons: Jo, Bo, Can, Staff, Spear    

Standing Bear, Level 1 Ranking, Valley Spirit Taijiquan

Standing Like A Tree - Zhan Zhuang

Standing Meditation (Wu Ji)

Sticking Hands - T'ui Shou   

Stork - Bird - Five Animal Frolics

Strength Training    

Stretching and Flexibility

Subject Index to the Cloud Hands Website

Sun Lu-Tang's (1861-1933) Biography   

Sun Lu-Tang (1861-1933): Baguaquan, Hsingyiquan, and Taijiquan Grandmaster

Sun Style Baguaquan     

Sun Style Hsingyiquan   

Sun Style Qigong   

Sun Style Sword

Sun Style Taijiquan     

Swordsmanship and T'ai Chi Ch'uan     

T'ai Chi Chuan Blog  

T'ai Ch'i Classics      

Tai Chi for Arthritis

Tai Chi for Diabetes   

Tai Chi for Seniors

T'ai Chi Ch'uan: Bibliography and Links     

T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong Directory: Instructors, Schools, Information, Workshops      
Northern California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia

T'ai Chi Ch'uan Instructor: Michael P. Garofalo in Red Bluff, California      

T'ai Chi Ch'uan, Red Bluff, CA  

T'ai Chi Ch'uan Short Form, Beijing Simplified 24, Yang Style     

T'ai Chi Ch'uan: Links and Bibliography      

T'ai Chi Ch'uan Staff     

T'ai Chi Ch'uan Sword (Jian)     

T'ai Chi Ruler - Chih

Taijiquan: Bibliography and Links  

Taijiquan Blog  

Taijiquan - Breathwork

Taijiquan Classics      

Taijiquan For Good Health, Fitness and Vitality         

Taijiquan Instructor: Michael P. Garofalo in Red Bluff, California        

Taijiquan Jian (Sword)     

Taming the Ox - A Zen Allegory or Parable     

Tantric Yoga   

Tantric Buddhism: Shambhala Warriorship, Yoga

Taoism, Nature Mysticism, Alchemy      

Teaching and Learning Taijiquan, Qigong and Yoga

Temple Qigong - A Nine Movement Exercise Set     

Thirteen Postures: 8 Gates and 5 Steps                  

The 300 Missing Poems of Han Shan      

Tibetan Buddhism: Shambhala Warriorship, Yoga, Tantra

The Tiger: The Five Animal Frolics (Wu Qin Xi)    

Tiger, Hidden Tiger, Beginning Program, Level 2, Valley Spirit T'ai Chi Ch'uan

Tree Qigong - Zhan Zhuang - Standing Like A Tree   

Trees - Quotations, Poems, Lore, Wisdom  

Trees - Lore, Magick, Myths, Magick    

Trigrams and Hexagrams of the I Ching (Book of Changes)

24 From, Yang Style, Standard       

Valley Spirit Fitness and Well Being Website   

Valley Spirit Idea

Valley Spirit Journal by Michael P. Garofalo (May 2003-July 2005)     

Valley Spirit Journal by Michael P. Garofalo (August 2005- )     

Valley Spirit Labyrinths  

Valley Spirit Photography Gallery - Old      

Valley Spirit Photography Gallery - New - Coppermine      

Valley Spirit T'ai Chi Ch'uan Club        

Valley Spirit Taijiquan Instructional Program    

Valley Spirit - Green Way Blog       

Valley Spirit Taijiquan and Qigong Journal (5/2003-7/2005) by Michael P. Garofalo       

Valley Spirit Taijiquan and Qigong Journal (8/2005-) by Michael P. Garofalo       

Valley Spirit T'ai Chi Ch'uan, Qigong, and Yoga    

Valley Spirit - Tao Te Ching

Vancouver, B.C., T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong Directory: Instructors, Schools     

Virtues in the Martial Arts

Vitality, Health and Qigong   

Walking and Labyrinths

Walking and Taijiquan     

Walking - Eight Ways of Walking Qigong       

Walking - General Fitness Exercise

Walking - Quotations     

Washington T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong Directory: Instructors, Schools, Information 

Waving Hands Like Clouds:  T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong    

Wild Goose Qigong

Will Power, Self Control, Self Mastery, Choices, Strength of Character   

Wizards

Wu Ji - Standing Meditation   

Xing Yi Quan   

Yoga Class, TFFC, Red Bluff, CA   

Yang Family Taijiquan Genealogy     

Yand Style Push Hands and Da Lu   

Yang Style Saber

Yang Style Staff

Yang Style Sword    

Yang Style Traditional Taijiquan Long Form 108 Movements     

Yang Style Taijiquan - Notes and Comments     

Yang Style Taijiquan Short Form 24 Movements       

Yin-Yang Sensitivity Training: Sticking Hands - T'ui Shou   

Yoga  

Yoga Blog  

Yoga Class, Red Bluff, CA - Instructor: Michael P. Garofalo

Yoga - Breathwork   

Yoga - Hatha   

Yoga - Kriya     

Yogalates: Links, Bibliography, Resources, Quotes, Notes    

Yoga - Red Bluff, CA

Yoga -Tantric

Yoga-Taiji Index

Zhan Zhuang - Standing Like A Tree

Zen/Chan Buddhist  Poetry       

Zen Buddhist Quotations   

 

 

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