Snake & Turtle
The snake is known for its cultivation of qi and the turtle for its longevity.
This set is based on the movements and breathing of the snake and turtle. By imitating the slow long breathing of the turtle, and the flexibility of the snake, people can live long and well. This set is an especially good practice during the winter season.
This is a 12 week course and single class attendance are always welcomed.
As a child, I was diagnosed with scoliosis and intractable back pain. I spent my life seeking help from various healers. Chiropractors looked at my x-ray and refused to work with me, physical therapists would shrug and give me ineffective exercises, and I was even excused from the physical education courses in my school. I stood at quite a crooked angle that created muscular imbalances throughout my body, and one side of my back was 2 inches higher than the other.
I was fortunate enough to hear about master teacher Shoko, and her spinal qigong method called snake and turtle. I traveled across The states to receive her generous instruction, and then proceeded to practice diligently along with several other friends with spinal problems.
The results did not come quickly, they were incredibly profound! Over the following weeks and months my pain waxed and waned as things became unfrozen, enlivened, and joints that were once numb became filled with sensation. However, after a year or two of consistent exploration of the form, the doctors were amazed with the changes they saw. My spinal scoliosis essentially disappeared, the musculature in my back became completely balanced, and my back pain vanished along with the headaches from extreme neck and shoulder tension.
As a practitioner of medicine, I have prescribed this form to hundreds of patients over the years; and have seen it treat everything from sciatica to obesity. I cannot recommend it enough!
-John Blue, MAOM