Cumulative Stress Syndromes
Alleviated with Breath Control

"In our hectic but sedentary world we found that we need to exercise so we set aside time to exercise. Now we find we have cumulative stress symptoms and diseases, and we have to set aside time to relax."

In an article published in the June 2001 Aquatic Therapy Journal Jun Konno and Ruth Sova suggest that Ai Chi is a perfect relaxation technique for highly stressed, over-challenged clients and it is ideal for creating improved range of motion, balance and mobility.

Ai Chi breathing techniques can bring balance to the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems, which in turn, strengthens the immune system. All people can benefit from diaphragmatic breathing. Allow the navel to move away from the spine on inhalation. Bring the naval toward the spine on exhalation.

Konno says, "Ai Chi is designed to strengthen and balance energy. It will not counteract other healing practices but support them and help the body (through energy work) return to balance and health."

For more information on Ai Chi or the Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute contact 803-802-5400, atri@atri.org