Adaptive Qigong With Bett Martinez

Bett Martinez is an educator, consultant and medical researcher who teaches Qigong and wellness practices for community organizations in the SF Bay Area. She is the founder of Women Pause and WELL-BEING and Executive Director of The Possible Society of California.

Bett works on making programs which focus on wellness, health promotion, and lifestyle change based on Expressive Arts and the teaching and practice of traditional mind-body exercise systems, such as Yoga, Tai Chi, and Qigong. Recently, she made an instruction video on a form of Adaptive Qigong called Terra Ch’i, her own invention. Here’s a video:

She says, “In Adaptive Qigong we tailor time-honored exercises to each person’s situation. In this process we draw from various therapeutic movement modalities including Yoga, Feldenkrais, and the Alexander Technique. We partner with you to encourage your discovery of what you can do. In this way, together we engender an empowering atmosphere in which you can gently and enjoyably maintain or regain function.

As in physical and occupational therapy, we put the emphasis on your learning how to move in ways that increase your tone and range of motion. Individualized Adaptive Qigong movements and self-massages are carefully constructed to aid you in creating and sustaining your own balanced and centered body state.”

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  1. Michael Clausen LicAc of Kaiser Vallejo told me about you. I’ve studied Dayan Qi Gong with John Dykman & Diana Sloat (taught at the Wen Wu School in El Cerrito) for 7 semesters, although I’ve been teaching beginning Qi Gong in Vallejo for about 5-6 years. My questioin is re: “adaptive” qi gong: already know a good yoga routine tho’ rarely do it these days cuz , I do about an hour/day of physical therapy stretches & exercises, and practice the Dayan almost every day (incl. 25 min. of “warm-ups”!), then do a lot of “urban farming”! Have a stress & stamina version of fibromyalgia (not so much pain) which I usually manage well (if I can stop over DOing…),+ neck/shoulder off & on problems, but the Reynaud’s (freezing skin patches–esp. in this icy cold wind) is getting worse & worse, & doing me in! Live frightfully healthy (e.g. eat very macrobiotic/mediteranian diet, & no wheat for 3+ mos.). Had to resort to expensive chinese herbs for Reynaud’s but my source just moved to No. Caralina 🙁 ! Just heard it’s an autoimmune d/o–#%@&! ! On a very very tight budget, so can’t afford the Chinese Dr. at Wen Wu School. Any suggestions???

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