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Spontaneous movements – let your body be the guide

Taijiwuxigong and spontaneous movements Spontaneous movements are an integral part of Taijiwuxigong, the system of exercises that my teacher, Dr Shen Hongxun has developed. Our body is moving ‘spontaneously’ all the time: blood is flowing, heart is beating, stomach is digesting food, muscles are contracting and relaxing, etc. All these movements are going all the […]Read more

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What does it mean, to relax?

How do you relax? We often talk about #stress and #stressmanagement, especially when we are confronted with #burnout or similar conditons. But we don’t ask ourselves the question what it means to be really relaxed. When we want to relax, we might go and collapse in a comfy chari or sofa. But are you really […]Read more

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Breathing problems? Keep your neck long and shoulders down.

Be aware of your shoulders and neck position when you do breathing exercises When you learn breathing exercises you will be told to keep your shoulders down and relaxed. Which is certainly an important element. If the shoulders are raised your diaphragm is pulled upwards which makes it more difficult to breathe properly. The position […]Read more

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Good posture, important for your spine, important for your health

Good posture, better back We all know that good posture will relax your back and open the spinal column. The muscles in the back loosen up and you will have less tension and pain. And you also look better when you are standing and sitting straight! The vertebral column carries our weight. From a young […]Read more

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Stress? Burnout? Remember the body

What you can do to cope with stress? Stress is something we all have to deal with, every single day. That is fine as it propels us to be active. It becomes a problem when we feel powerless to change anything about the situation we’re in. Many people who come to my lessons or individual […]Read more

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Where is your tongue?

What’s the position of your tongue in your mouth? Many people have their tongue in the middle or down in the mouth. However, when your mouth is closed your tongue is in a good position when lying against the palate, with the tip just above the upper teeth. When the part of your tongue that […]Read more

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Some books to read during the Summer – or any time :-)

Sex anyone? On of the reasons I like my work is that helps people – me too! – to become more aware of their body. What happens inside your body when you move or when you stand still, how do you move, what effect do movements have? This is an essential step in using your […]Read more

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How’s your back doing?

Our back, the support of our body Our spinal column is a very central part of our body. It supports us and helps us move in a smooth and supple way. That is, if everything goes well…. Back pain is one of the most common problems. Apparently 8 out of 10 people will have back […]Read more

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Notes from Dr Shen Hongxun Taiji Master Class 2009


Taiji with Dr Shen Hongxun Clearing up my laptop I came across some notes that I took during the Taiji Master Class with Dr Shen Hongxun, my teacher, the last weekend of September 2009. I used to translate for him and often had to write quite quickly to keep up with what he was saying, […]Read more

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Pain? Find relief through better posture & with a little help from pain relief patches


How can you experience less pain? Many people come to my Taiji and Taijiwuxigong classes because they experience pain. Lower back pain, tension in the neck, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, repetitive strain injury, knee and hip problems, etc. It is my belief that many of those issues stem from the fact that we don’t use […]Read more

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