Are you looking for ways to reduce stress? Look no farther than Tai Chi! Tai Chi is known throughout the world as moving meditation. Through the slow, gentle movements, focusing on the breath, one enters a meditative state, where the stress and worries of daily life disappear, if only for a moment. It can also help with pain management, stress management, and can help to increase strength, flexibility, and balance, and is perfect for the bleeding disorders community. Rick Starks will give you an overview of Tai Chi, meditation and using breath work to bring focus, relaxation and stress relief into your life.
Rick is 68 years old and has severe hemophilia B. Having survived all courses of treatments, Rick found his true passion, as a martial artist. His passion was a two-edged sword, while he did gain self-confidence, strength, and flexibility, eventually becoming a state heavyweight champion in TaeKwonDo, he also suffered numerous injuries. Those injuries led to hip replacements and his ankles were so deteriorated, that he was unable to walk more than a block or two. This resulted in a heart attack. Looking for a form of exercise, he returned to his passion and discovered Tai Chi, an ancient Chinese martial art. He credits this with his form of pain management and mental health. You may recognize him from BDFNC’s Winter Conference or the many Tai Chi programs he leads for the bleeding disorders community across the country.
We can all use new tools to help us manage our stress. We invite you to join us for what is expected to be an inspirational and meaningful program! Everyone who is registered will receive a gift card for DoorDash, GrubHub, or Uber Eats. Registration is required. Please register by Friday, May 6.
(Gift cards are available only to BDFNC consumer members who live in North Carolina or receive care at a North Carolina treatment center. Persons employed by a pharmaceutical company, specialty pharmacy or home care company, or who work for a bleeding disorders treatment center are not eligible.)