Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an integrative system of holistic healthcare with roots dating back thousands of years. The core philosophy is that health and wellness are about not only treating illness, but maintaining and preventing illness as well. This well- de ned system includes ve branches of care: Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Tuina, Herbal Medicine, Nutrition, and Tai chi and Qigong. At Longevity Health Center we maintain our roots in this same integrative healthcare model, only we have modernized the terminology for the current clinical environment. One of the re-branded phases of care, Tai chi and Qigong, is the one most often overlooked in our contemporary healthcare system. Quite simply, these martial art forms can be loosely translated as movement and meditation. Most medical providers suggest to their patients to exercise and live well. Tai chi and Qigong are exactly that, but we don’t need to look at them with such narrow lens. We have renamed them into more accessible titles: Movement Therapy and Lifestyle Education. Our classes in Somatics, Yoga Therapy, and Qigong are part of our Movement Therapy program while our Gongfu Tea Service is part of our Lifestyle Education program. In future months we plan to expand these programs to include more variations of movement classes and further evolve our education series for living a healthier lifestyle - so stay tuned!
SOMATICS Somatics works with the different imbalances we’ve unknowingly created through our adaptions to stress. It’s an incredibly effective method of hands-on neuromuscular retraining that assists in decreasing and alleviating chronic pain, as well as improving physical functioning and mobility. You will learn how slowing down and paying attention to how you move will begin to release chronic muscular tension and restore balance and posture.
Somatics is different than yoga. During a Somatic movement class you may experience some of the same bene ts that yoga classes offer, like improving exibility, breath, relaxation, spiritual and physical health, but instead of focusing on strengthening or stretching the muscles around the affected joint, Somatic movement education trains the nervous system to get back into controlling the muscles and joints properly. Over time, the movements in Somatics class can help you realign your posture and help you move with more ease during yoga, pilates, tai chi, dance, tness classes and any other activity you like to do.
YOGA THERAPY Yoga Therapy offers an integrated, multi-dimensional approach to healing and wellness. Suppressed emotions and unexpressed thoughts manifest in the body and can attribute to physical pain, distress, and illness. By taking the appropriate measures to listen to and care for the body and mind, unhealthy patterns can be broken and vital energy restored to the system.
Unlike traditional yoga, Yoga Therapy caters to the individual. It can be used alone or in conjunction with other treatment programs for optimal health and well being. A session may include anything from breath exercises, myofascial release, yoga postures, meditation, and/or therapeutic massage. Community classes offer a gentle therapy sequence that will introduce you to the basic fundamentals of Yoga Therapy and what it can offer you.