unknown, our fear of failing and our doubts about making real, lasting personal changes. So we ask ourselves, “How do I start to recover?” Let us acknowledge that recovery is possible—just ask Susie!

And recovery is incremental. Susie didn’t run a fabulous 5K on her first day of training. As well it’s important to note that there are a plethora of possible physical activities, exercise formats and institutional programs available to us all. To be sure, what- ever your current condition, there are exercises designed for you that can lift you from a sedentary lifestyle. If we focus upon those who are most in need of recovery— because of injury, surgery, sedentary behavior (which in the lit- erature is referred to as “sitting disease”), debilitating illness, despair or depression—a specially designed exercise program is required. Such folks require a program that from the beginning is encouraging, simple, artful, fun and expandable. Such a pro- gram is Tai Chi for Rehabilitation (TCR). Jocelyn, a Master Trainer of TCR, in a recent discussion of the form, remarked, “Often people who are seeking recovery come from a background where they have had all kinds of loss and failures. The beauty of TCR is that it’s designed to overcome setbacks of all kinds.” Dione, a TCR Instructor, remarked, “Tai Chi for Rehabilitation

helps us all achieve self-validation.” TCR provides healing, empowering exercise for the new

student in any condition at any age. Like other forms initiated by the Tai Chi for Health (TCH) organization, TCR can be learned and practiced from a standing, seated or prone position. The form

is simple, focusing on gentle movements and synchronized breathing. Like other TCH forms, TCR can be practiced for a lifetime. It promotes a peace of mind as well as restored physical wellbeing. The form is also expandable, as the student can build upon TCR by learning similar, more elaborate forms. TCR is also expandable in the sense that those who make physical and psy- chological gains by practicing it may choose to move on to other, more demanding forms of exercise. Of course, the opposite is also true. If you are already en-

gaged in physical activities, the practice of Tai Chi can allow you to bring greater focus, understanding and achievement to your other exercises—maybe even if you’re a pro! People magazine posted a photo of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady practicing Tai Chi in June, 2017. In the football season that fol- lowed, Brady led his team to the Super Bowl.

Dr. Mike Simpson holds five teaching certifications from the Tai Chi for Health Institute, including Tai Chi for Rehabilitation, Tai Chi for Memory and Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention. He currently teaches at several Winston-Salem locations including the Shepherd’s Center, where Tai Chi for Rehabilitation is offered on Monday at 1 p.m. and Thursday at 2:30 p.m. Tai Chi for Ar- thritis is offered on Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30 am and 4:30 pm. For information about TCR, TCM or TCA, contact Dr. Simp- son via email ( or by telephone (336 918-0108). You may also contact him for links to the information discussed in the article above. See ad on page 23.

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