Kung Fu helps with my concentration. A centered feeling helps me focus when I am playing violin or painting. I feel strong and balanced.
I started Tai Chi class December 2010 for weight bearing exercise. I have osteoporosis and I broke my hip (femur bone) July 2010. I had therapy twice a week for 6 weeks, but still had difficulty doing every day things: walking up and down steps, getting in and out of the car, needing to hold a chair to sit and stand, taking a shower, squats. Taking Tai Chi has made my body, knees, legs, arms stronger. Now it takes little effort. Tai Chi is teaching me to deal with stress, to relax. My attention is improving and taking direction.I was able to work in my flower beds this spring and thru summer. I have more flexibility, gradual gains in strength and balance.Thank you Pat and Patty. You guys are awesome.
What a great opportunity it is to come learn Kung fu with my son. Not only do we feel better but we have a closer bond and something in common that helps us get through our differences. The best part is that no matter what, the things we learn here will be something we share and that will be with us forever.
I would absolutely recommend Tai Chi classes with Pat at Body Balance Healing Arts to anyone struggling with physical pain and/or to anyone who is looking for greater centeredness, inner connectedness, and increased mind body spirit harmony. One of the reasons I decided to begin taking Tai Chi classes was because of the pain I was experiencing in my knees, hips, legs, and lower back. Due to this pain, my mobility was limited and certainly my comfort level sitting, walking, standing, and even lying down were affected. When I arrived at Body Balance Healing Arts, I was greeted warmly by Pat while he listened to why I wanted to take Tai Chi. In just one session with Pat where he taught me Awakening Chi exercises, I noticed significant relief in the pain I had been experiencing daily for several months. I felt the stiffness in my knees and back loosen and the tenderness in my hips lessen. The morning after my first Tai Chi class I just knew I had to continue with classes. The more I practiced Tai Chi and the more I attended classes, the stronger my body felt, the less pain I was in, and the more I noticed a greater sense of centeredness within myself both in class, and throughout my day. Pat is a wonderful teacher and I am so grateful that our paths have crossed.
"My sons started wrestling this year and are already winning against kids that have several more years of experience. It's clear that all of their Kung Fu training at Body Balance is a major factor contributing to their wrestling success."
Massage has been the best investment in my health and well-being. Regular massage has greatly eased my aches and pains -- I have more energy and I go through my days with more ease.
I found great peace and enjoyment in the study of Tai Chi under Sifu Hancock, and was very pleased at the gradual gains in strength, flexibility and balance I felt... It has improved my ability to face stress in life, in my relationships, and even when I'm stuck in traffic.
In my daily life I notice I'm stronger, have more balance and more stamina - I feel like I'm cheating cause I'm not working out at the gym.
Practicing Tai Chi re-energizes and relaxes me after a long day. The sense of being calm, yet strong, stays with me. I have more stamina and enthusiasm.
Body Balance, with Pat and Patty Hancock, is my Healing Place. Six months ago I went there, almost unable to walk across the room without having to sit down. I had managed, over several months, to get off Cymbalta, which I had taken for fibromyalgia; now my mission was to gain strength and endurance and get off 2 more drugs—nabumetal and omeprazole—which I had taken for years for arthritis. I was told by my arthritis doc that I’d never get off them, but I was determined to take back control of my life, and it included getting rid of medications and their side effects.
It has been an emotional, sometimes painful ride. There were times I didn’t want to go to the classes. I wasn’t sure I could do it. But with the assurance and guidance of Pat, along with occasional Arvigo massages by Patty, plus emotional support from both of them, I am ecstatic to report that I am not only off both of those medications, I can walk across the room and even around the block these days. When I look back six months ago, I felt I was facing a wheelchair existence. Now, I am facing life, unafraid.
With my grateful thanks,
Mary S, Germantown