Peter Wayne, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Director of Research for the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, jointly based at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Wayne served as the Director of Tai Chi and Mind-Body Research Programs at the Osher Research Center and Founding Research Director at the New England School of Acupuncture. He has more than thirty-five years of training experience in Tai Chi and Qigong and is an internationally recognized teacher of these practices.
The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi: 12 Weeks to a Healthy Body, Strong Heart, and Sharp Mindby Peter M. Wayne, Mark L. Fuerst
Conventional medical science on the Chinese art of Tai Chi now shows what Tai Chi masters have known for centuries: regular practice leads to more vigor and flexibility, better balance and mobility, and a sense of well-being. Cutting-edge research from Harvard Medical School also supports the long-standing claims that Tai Chi also has a beneficial impact on the
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Conventional medical science on the Chinese art of Tai Chi now shows what Tai Chi masters have known for centuries: regular practice leads to more vigor and flexibility, better balance and mobility, and a sense of well-being. Cutting-edge research from Harvard Medical School also supports the long-standing claims that Tai Chi also has a beneficial impact on the health of the heart, bones, nerves and muscles, immune system, and the mind. This research provides fascinating insight into the underlying physiological mechanisms that explain how Tai Chi actually works.
Dr. Peter M. Wayne, a longtime Tai Chi teacher and a researcher at Harvard Medical School, developed and tested protocols similar to the simplified program he includes in this book, which is suited to people of all ages, and can be done in just a few minutes a day. This book includes:
- The basic program, illustrated by more than 50 photographs
- Practical tips for integrating Tai Chi into everyday activities
- An introduction to the traditional principles of Tai Chi
- Up-to-date summaries of the research literature on the health benefits of Tai Chi
- How Tai Chi can enhance work productivity, creativity, and sports performance
- And much more
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This is a must read for all T'aiChi/Qigong instructors and advanced students. Dr. Wayne truly examines T'aiChi/Qigong from the west and east point of view, investigating and discussing the many issues and ideologies. It is very technical at times and is a slow read, but worth the effort and time. I will continue to refer to the book and share many of the passages and "nuggets" with my students and colleagues. Thank you Dr. Wayne for what must have been a gargantuan task.
This book is a great synthesis of traditional chinese medicine and western culture. Peter Wayne clearly and concisely explains the history and ancient wisdom of tai chi, as well as scientific evidence and modern uses of tai chi. Wayne, a Ph.D. and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard University, is knowledgeable in both chinese and western medicine, which gives this book a nice flavor of both mindsets. The most interesting part of the book to me was the introduction. The legends of tai chi and beliefs that encompass chinese medicine were completely new to me, but I found them to be very well explained and enticing. Concepts explained in this book, such as the yin and yang, qi, and chinese philosophy, are useful to everyone, regardless of if they practice tai chi or not. This book is a little dense at times. Reading from cover to cover wouldn’t be the most thrilling thing in the world, but it would provide loads of wisdom and knowledge about tai chi. I, having only practiced tai chi once or twice, found the book fairly interesting; however, If you have an ounce of passion towards tai chi or chinese medicine, I’d say give this book a shot. It is, however, more of a textbook than an bedtime story.