Today, more doctors than ever are prescribing tai chi for patients recovering from injury, illness, and surgery. This book presents over ten years of research into how and why tai chi benefits health from an evidence-based, medical perspective. Dr. Peter Anthony Gryffin demonstrates the link between health and metarobics, his term for slow, meditative exercises that enhance blood oxygen saturation, diffusion, and oxygen-based metabolism. Metarobics--including tai chi, qigong, and yoga--focus on relaxation and deep breathing. Dr. Gryffin's research shows that these exercises offer a wide range of benefits for treating chronic disease. Dr. Gryffin cites numerous scientific studies as well as testimonials from patients who have experienced the natural healing benefits of metarobic exercise. Many have surmounted chronic health problems to improve their quality of life. Some even overcame grave diagnoses. This book features More than 120 scientific studies on tai chi and other metarobic exercises More than 50 case stories from tai chi qigong, and yoga practitioners Clear, straightforward language Tested guidelines to improve your metarobic exercise and maximize health benefits "This book presents over ten years of research into how and why tai chi benefits health from a physiological perspective," Dr. Gryffin says. "The links I discovered will allow everyone from novice students to veteran teachers to maximize benefits for health and chronic conditions." In 1968, Dr. Kenneth Cooper's book Aerobics changed the world of health and fitness. Mindful Exercise: Metarobics, Healing, and the Power of Tai Chi is the next step in this evolution.
Peter Anthony Gryffin, PhD, MS, has over thirty years of experience with tai chi, qigong, yoga, and gongfu. His research includes implications related to hypoxia (oxygen deficiency in the body), cancer, and tai chi; the development of the theory of Metarobics; and the application of mindfulness-based practices for dealing with stress, trauma, addiction, and destructive behavior. Dr. Gryffin holds a PhD in health and human performance and a master's degree in kinesiology and health.