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Scott Cole: Discover Tai Chi for Back Care Gentle Workout

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Breathe, move, balance, relax, energize, and let go of back tension and pain with Scott Cole and Discover Tai Chi for Back Care. Back stress, pain, and stiffness often result from inactivity, stagnant energy, poor circulation, and repetitive one-dimensional physical patterns. Move gently out of your rut with Scott Cole and the graceful healing art of Tai Chi as you breathe new life and Chi (energy) into your back and entire body, while improving overall strength, mobility, and flexibility. With frequent practice this easy-to-follow program will help relieve back pain, release frozen joints, and restore your energy to its natural free-flowing state, bathing our body, mind, and spirit in a series of back-healthy Chi Kung and Tai Chi-inspired movements, stretches, and postures.

The Discover Tai Chi series is filmed in studio and on the beautiful beaches of Hawaii, and is part of the Scott Cole Wellness Series. Chi Man Scott Cole considers no audience off-limits. A top wellness expert, lecturer and motivational speaker in over 30 countries, Scott is a former National Aerobic Champion, star of Abs of Steel, and is a pioneer of mind/body exercise. A regular on television (LIVE with Regis and Kelly, The View, The Early Show, CNN Headline News, The Food Network, HGTV, E!, Soap Talk), Scott has also been featured in the Wall Street Journal for the Discover Tai Chi DVD series, received the NAPPA Award for his Get Fit America for Kids DVD.

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Bellaonlione:

Discover Tai Chi for Back Care DVD Review


by Jori Reijonen, Ph.D.
BellaOnline's Neuromuscular Diseases Editor


When neuromuscular disease caused difficulty with my feet, my physician recommended non-impact exercise such as Tai Chi as a healthy form of exercise. I also have significant back problems, including scoliosis and severe degenerative disc disease in my lower spine, and often experience lower back pain. After first trying a copy of Scott Cole: Discover Tai Chi for Back Care that I borrowed from my public library, I purchased this DVD for personal use.

I found Mr. Cole s instructions to easy to follow and simple to learn. After a brief introduction about the background of Tai Chi, Mr. Cole begins with demonstrating alignment. Mr. Cole then breaks down a number of basic Tai Chi and Chi Kung poses, and guides practice in each pose. The moves, including Bending Bear, Beautiful Woman Turns at Waist, Finding the Needle at the Bottom of the Sea, Brush Push, Basic Kicks, and Wave Hands like clouds, were then put together into a simple flowing routine. The routine was practiced first with instruction, and then without the instructions. Next, Mr. Cole guides the user through seated stretching.

Discover Tai Chi for Back Care runs for about 52 minutes with the introductory material. I found it easy to follow and very gentle on all of my joints, including my back. Tai Chi requires one to learn a different mindset regarding exercise. Over the past six months, I have improved my focus with exercises using slow, gentle, smooth, continuous movement through regular practice. After completing the practice, I felt both relaxed and energized, and my back was free of pain.

Research has supported the health benefits of Tai Chi. Benefits include improvements in balance, decreased risk of falls, improved cardiovascular health, increased strength and flexibility, better sleep, and reduced neck, back and joint pain. Tai Chi is one of the forms of moderate-intensity, low-resistance exercise recommended for people ALS by the Muscular Dystrophy Association as a beneficial for preserving function.

This DVD does require the ability to stand, walk, and balance to participate in most of the exercises. The last section, however, focuses on seated stretches: this section may be appropriate for a person who cannot stand but who has upper body mobility.

For those confined to a wheelchair, seated Tai Chi routines are available. Another option, Ai Chi, is performed in the water, which combines the benefits of aquatic therapy, such as increased buoyancy and less stress on the joints, with movements similar to Tai Chi. Make sure to discuss any new type of exercise with your physician before trying any new type of exercise, however.

Overall, I would highly recommend this video, Discover Tai Chi for Back Care for learning a Tai Chi practice that focuses on stretching and strengthening the back, improving balance, and gentle overall body exercise. --Bellaonline

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Product Details

  • Actors: Scott Cole
  • Directors: Scott Cole
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Bayview Entertainment/Widowmaker
  • DVD Release Date: March 3, 2009
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001OSC4EW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,576 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Pamela Steele on May 8, 2009
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Excellent video for beginners. Plus even those that may have some knowledge of Tai Chi, it would be good for them also. Does lots of concentration of relaxing, especially back muscles, strengthening, stretching, for the lower back as well as neck and cervical spine.
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I have fibromyalgia and back pain from herniated discs and was looking for a gentle technique to stretch and strengthen the muscles establish better balance. After reading others post it sound like a good choice for folks with back problems, however for someone with more than just the occasional back pain or over exertion this might not be for you. The deep bending at the waist faired my herniated discs. The great amount of balance needed from the beginning was hard for me to accomplish and caused more pain even day or more latter. He walks through the motions very quickly and each pose seems a little too advance for someone like myself with serious back problems/pain who is not too familiar with TAI CHI. I do take a beginning TAI CHI course once a week and find it more gentle and beneficial that this DVD. I thought this DVD could add to what I am already doing. I would suggest anyone who has serious back issues find a class and have someone teach you how to build on each pose in order to complete a movement, increase flexibility and stability. The DVD advertises for "no audience off limits", but I suggest asking your physician. I did consult my physician, but for me it came down to starting with a gently, step by step lessons that you will not get from this DVD.
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I had microscopic spine surgery at the L4-L5 and L5-S in August 2011 after having 2 ruptured discs from a car accident and have been out on leave from work. I was in pretty bad shape with a 7mm disc deep and 10mm wide at the L4-L5 and 7mm deep at the L5-S and my Neurosurgeon cleaned out the ruptured discs as much as possible. Physical therapy was helping me strengthen my core but it wasn't doing much in terms of helping me be more flexible so I started looking into other exercises that could help bring relief to my joints and loosen my spine since the stiffness in the spine was making my body vulnerable to more injuries.

After getting clearance from my Physical Therapist (always consult your healthcare professional first), I've been using this DVD as well as 4 of Scott's other DVD's for the past 3 weeks and it has brought so much relief to my joints and spine. While doing one of the moves from this DVD last week, I felt and heard my spine adjusting on its own and felt more loose and flexible afterwards. I was so relieved and happy when I experienced this because I had been living with an extremely stiff lower back like you wouldn't believe for months. He guides you through each move slowly and explains each move and the purpose of it so well that you can jump right in and start practicing with him. He also seems to work with the injured and geriatric population according to all the DVD's he has out so I was glad to know he created the program with a purpose to heal. Not only did it help me physically, it also helps clear your head of stress and deal with the stress of life much more peacefully. The music he uses of Daveed is excellent!
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This DVD is an excellant intro for biginners of all levels. The instructions reflects the values he offers. They are easily followable and more importantly they deliver. Scott Cole is charismatic and immediately likeable, non judgemental. If there is a minus it is the music accompaning the exercise, but that is debatable. I prefer solo japanese bamboo flute whenever I practice. Bottom line for those with or without osteoarthritis back pain, this is worth buying.
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The video explains the basic moves well, but when they go into the routine they do close ups of Scott Coles upper body so you can't see what he's doing. Furthermore he doesn't say a word in this section so even if you memorize the moves there's really no way of telling what you should be doing.
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Scott Cole spends the video talking all kinds of crazy Eastern philosophy mumbo-jumbo. I can't help but roll my eyes as I do all the postures he models. I can't help but think no way is this gonna work. But my chronic lower back pain is gone. Scott Cole is a genius. And a little bit weird.
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This is a nice Tai Chi set that really loosens your back. Great for a stiff back after sitting at work all day.
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If you have a bad back and need to do some good exercises to try and keep the weight off as well as remain mobile then this DVD will do the trick. I found that the only exercises that I could'nt do were the kick movments.
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