Alexandra Goldman

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4 years 3 months

As a 78-year-old grandmother who developed Parkinson’s disease three years ago, I can understand why it can be a crippling condition when left untreated. I realized something was wrong when my right hand would occasionally tremor when I was idle or socializing. I have been able to control the tremors when consciously focusing on my breathing to relax the aggravated muscles and tendons. I have been able to control my Parkinson’s disease due to my consistent Tai Chi and Holistic health and wellness practice.

Alexandra Goldman with dogsMy Tai Chi journey began when I developed Lyme’s Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, which caused Bell’s Palsy and affected my liver. I had to quit my job when my illnesses caused me to have yellow jaundice. While out of work, I found a Tai Chi school and fell in love with it.

Tai Chi significantly improved my balance, ability to remain relaxed and breath control. Daily meditation helped me find peace of mind despite being afflicted with Lyme’s Disease and Rocky Mountain Fever. The conditioning of the mind and body was so enriching and beneficial for treating both of my ailments that I was motivated to become a Tai Chi instructor.

When my friends and family saw how quickly I had recovered from my conditions, they were inspired. Not only was I healthy, I was much more in tune with my body and my surroundings. I felt happier, healthier, and stronger both mentally and physically.

I would share my story with others in hospitals and retirement homes and teach them Tai Chi to help them feel at ease and improve their wellbeing. It felt so good to see the people I was working with smile and feel genuinely better after breathing exercises and holding different Tai Chi positions.

Alexandra GoldmanI would have never thought I would develop Parkinson's, but when I did, I knew I would be okay. I was used to helping people who felt despair and lost in my line of work as a Tai Chi instructor. Some of the people I was working with had Parkinson’s and the Tai Chi routines that taught them to control their breath and also gave them greater motor control over their affected areas.

The people with Parkinson’s I train today notice how I am able to stop my hand tremors by taking some time to relax, practice Tai Chi, and breathe. The best part about Tai Chi is that anyone can do it anywhere at any time. A training session does not have to be long either. I would highly recommend Tai Chi to anyone in serious physical or mental pain as the peace of mind and calmness of the body is invaluable.

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