Peter Anthony Gryffin, Ph.D. has over 30 years of experience with Tai Chi, Qigong, Yoga and Kung Fu. He has been a Tai Chi instructor for the Shands Arts in Medicine program, and for Fullerton College.
Dr. Gryffin was an Alumni Fellow at the University of Florida, where he received his Ph.D. in Health and Human Performance. Dr. Gryffin's work has received high reception at conferences and presentations, particularly among those who had never considered these exercises, or were put off by the Qi aspects as new age.
Dr. Gryffin began Yang Style Tai Chi 30 years ago, as part of his training with Shaolin and Praying Mantis Kung Fu, under a third-generation teacher, Sifu Duke YM Cheng. Dr. Gryffin personally experienced the healing power of Tai Chi, through the elimination of his scoliosis, chronic knee problems and peripheral neuropathy. He used Metarobic theory to maximize health benefits for himself and his students, including three students with non-responsive cancer.
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.
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"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.