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To Be Healthy Overcomes the Need for Healing

Chinese Medicine and Health begins with the balance and proper flow of energy/chi through the bioelectric circuitry of your body though a series of meridians that energize and give life to your organs and muscles. It starts with a preventative habit of obtaining a healthy lifestyle with right mind and intention. Habits are easy to start, but hard to break. So let Instructor John Toy train you in this habit which will become more enjoyable than a good chocolate habit, if not at least more healthy...

Everyone knows the importance of good circulation; how many wonder about the paths our nerve signals pass through or the mysterious paths our endocrine system follows? However you look at it, most of it entails the movement of electrons; is that not what electricity is? The same is with your body as the wiring through your house; a short can create a drain on your electrical system preventing the proper flow to run the parts of your house. A grand house is called a temple; that is what your body is...

Through the practices of Tu-Na, Chi-Gong, and Tai Chi Instructor John Toy will lead you into the guilty pleasure of being healthy. Contact us today to find out how to begin your new habit!

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Healing is only a bus stop to health...

To help you back onto your path Instructor John can redirect you to health. In treating people with serious disorders including; leukemia, cancer, fibromyalgia, M.S., lupus, raynaud's, and diabetes Instructor John has applied his skills to realign ones health. His combined treatment methods have also been effective in treating; sleep, weight, and sexual disorders; compulsion, addiction, and mental health problems; asthma, allergies and migraine headaches; back and neck pain; and digestive, and skin diseases. Just remember, this is only your first steps to preventative habit of obtaining a healthy lifestyle...

John's Background and Experience:

John born in China and raised in America has a foot in the old and the new teaching at his own school and throughout New England. He has been a student of Master Gin Soon Chu in Yang Style Tai Chi since the early 70's. Chu was hand picked by the eldest son of Yang Chengfu, who was among the first teachers to offer T'ai chi ch'uan instruction to the general public at the Beijing Physical Culture Research Institute from 1914 until 1928. His son Yang Zhenming simplified his family's Tai chi forms to be digested by the masses and created the large circular movements we all have known to epitomize the style. Instructor John is also the owner of the North Shore Tai Chi Club in Salem.

Principles of Chinese Medicine:

Tui na or tuina (/ˌtw ˈnɑː/,[2] Chinesepinyintuī ná), is a form of massage used with acupuncturemoxibustionfire cupping, Chinese herbalismt'ai chi, and qigong.[3] Tui na is a massage that uses Chinese taoist principles in an effort to bring the eight principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) into balance. The practitioner may brush, knead, roll, press, and rub the areas between each of the joints, known as the eight gates, to attempt to open the body's defensive chi (Wei Qi) and get the energy moving in the meridians and the muscles.[3] Techniques may be gentle or quite firm. The name comes from two of the actions: tui means "to push" and na means "to lift and squeeze." Other strokes include shaking and tapotement.[4] The practitioner can then use range of motion, traction, with the stimulation of acupressure points. These techniques are claimed to aid in the treatment of both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, as well as many non-musculoskeletal conditions.[5] As with many other traditional Chinese medical practices, there are different schools which vary in their approach to the discipline. It is related also to Japanese massage or anma ().

Chi-Gong or Qigong is over 4,000 years old and has been recognized as a "standard medical technique" in China since 1989, and is sometimes included in the medical curriculum of major universities in China.[66]Chi-Gong is the skill of body-mind exercise that integrates body, breath, and mind adjustments into one to improve the flow of your chi, the biomagnetic energy that is channelled through your body to provide good health. As such, qigong is viewed by practitioners as being more than common physical exercise, because qigong combines postural, breathing, and mental training in one to produce a particular psychophysiological state of being.[57] Largely based on traditional and classical theory, modern practitioners also emphasize the importance of a strong scientific basis.[57]  According to the 2013 CMQ textbook, physiological effects of qigong are numerous, and include improvement of respiratory and cardiovascular function, as well as possible beneficial effects on neurophysiology.

Tai Chi or Yang-style t'ai chi ch'uanas Instructor John teaches is the most popular and widely practised style in the world today and the second in terms of seniority among the primary five family styles of T'ai Chi Ch'uan. Tai Chi is an internal Chinese martial art 武術 practiced for both its defense training and its health benefits. The term Taiji refers to a philosophy of the forces of yin and yang, related to the moves. Though originally conceived as a martial art, it is also typically practiced for a other reasons:  pushing hands (tui shou), demonstration competitions, and achieving greater longevity. Some training forms of tàijíquán are especially known for being practiced with relatively slow movements. A major philosophy of the style is if one uses hardness to resist violent force, then both sides are certainly to be injured at least to some degree. Such injury, according to tàijíquán, is a natural consequence of meeting brute force with brute force. Instead, students are taught not to directly fight or resist an incoming force, but to meet it in softness and follow its motion while remaining in physical contact until the incoming force of attack exhausts itself or can be safely redirected, meeting yang with yin. When done correctly, this yin/yang or yang/yin balance in combat, or in a broader philosophical sense, is a primary goal of tàijíquán training. Lao Tzŭ provided the archetype for this in the Tao Te Ching when he wrote, "The soft and the pliable will defeat the hard and strong."