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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.
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
Top Customer Reviews
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!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
i USE THIS TAPE EVERY DAY. I HAD A SERIOUS BACK INJURY RESULTING IN PAIN AND STIFFNESS. SCOTT'S TAPE HAS HELPED STRENGTHEN MY BACK - MY PAIN IS NOW MINIMAL. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I am leaving this review after my first time trying this DVD. Most importantly, the movements are gentle on my back and neck- I have scoliosis and a compressed nerve in my neck,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Nicole
From a senior citizen point of view, I prefer the approach Scott Cole used recently in his DVD "Tai Chi for Balance and Mobility" It would be great to have a remake of the... Read morePublished 15 months ago by LEM
I've always wanted to know about Tai Chi and Scott Cole is great. I'm 76 yrs. old and if I can do it, anyone can. Enjoy! My back is actually getting better.Published 17 months ago by minkajo
I like the workout. Good explanation of forms. Like all westerners he goes too fastPublished 18 months ago by James L. Frank
I first used this DVD after injuring my lower back while performing heavy sets of deadlifts at the gym. I have scoliosis and a background in tai chi. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Daniel C Davis
I have permanent injuries to my L4-S1 vertebrae and this dvd has been such a lifesaver in helping me to stay mobile and manage pain! Read morePublished 20 months ago by MissT1980