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Greetings, my dear value seeker. I shall try to shed some light on subjects at regular intervals. These topics will be driven according to your questions and comments.

Have fun reading, and don't forget to do your daily Tai Chi exercises.

Meditation lessons by Steven Laureys

By Dirk Cassiers | Jul 22, 2022 | 0 Comments
Meditation

Meditation lessons from neurologist Steven Laureys: ‘Already after 8 weeks, differences appear in your brains’. (from De morgen.be dd 2022-07-22) Steven Laureys – MD PhD FEAN Passionate about understanding and caring for the human mind.   Although mindfulness shakes off the image of ‘woolly stuff’, the threshold remains high. Nowhere for necessary, thinks Steven Laureys. …

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The (basic) physiology of static stretching

By Dirk Cassiers | Jul 5, 2022 | 0 Comments
Stretching

The (basic) physiology of static stretching     Within Eastern movement theory, we identify five different states of the muscles: Contraction Relaxation Stretching Releasing Loosening – Prepare Contraction In the article “The (basic) physiology of static stretching” from ACRO Physical Therapy & Fitness institute, the advantages and disadvantages of stretching are clearly described. Within Tai …

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How to Map Your Own Nervous System

By Dirk Cassiers | Jun 20, 2022 | 0 Comments
PolyVagal Chart

The Polyvagal Theory With anxiety, depression, and stress on the climb, have you ever wondered how you could understand your reactions to life’s challenges and stressors? Or maybe you wondered how you could become more resilient? Did you know that you can map your own nervous system? This powerful tool can help you shift the …

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Fascia the biological spandex

By Dirk Cassiers | Jun 9, 2022 | 0 Comments
Fasciae

It is everywhere in your body, but what is ‘fascia‘? Discover the biological spandex that helps determine your health. We are wrapped up in it, but science has long ignored fascia, the connective tissue around organs and muscles. Now it is discovering how this ‘biological spandex’ affects our health, from chronic pain to immune and …

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Stress affects the body

By Dirk Cassiers | May 31, 2022 | 0 Comments
Stress effects on the body

Stress affects the body Stress affects all systems of the body including the musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, endocrine, gastrointestinal, nervous, and reproductive systems. Musculoskeletal system When the body is stressed, muscles tense up. Muscle tension is almost a reflex reaction to stress-the body’s way of guarding against injury and pain. With the sudden onset of stress, …

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Why can’t we feel more?

By Dirk Cassiers | May 20, 2022 | 0 Comments
Increase brain size

Evolution of humanity This clock representation shows some of Earth’s major geological time units and definitive events. The Hadean eon represents the time before the fossil record of life on Earth; its upper boundary is now regarded as 4.0 Ga (billion years ago). Other subdivisions reflect the evolution of life; the Archean and Proterozoic are …

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Stay Active with True Tai Chi

By Dirk Cassiers | May 12, 2022 | 0 Comments
Stay Active

Short Yang Form Many people ask me which form of Tai Chi I practise. On the past World Tai Chi day ( 30 April), I could get acquainted with the Wu form given by Inge Van Den Eynde through her centre OJO. As Patrick Kelly explains on his website, there are different forms of Tai …

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Focus and Fuel

By Dirk Cassiers | May 6, 2022 | 0 Comments
Focus and Fuel

Fight or Flight The overarching principle of the fight-or-flight response is marshalling resources for immediate needs instead of building for the future, act now and ask questions later. The hormonal rush of epinephrine focuses on the body, increasing heart rate and blood pressure and dilating the lungs’ bronchial tubes to carry more oxygen to the …

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How to handle stress at work?

By Dirk Cassiers | Apr 29, 2022 | 0 Comments
Stress at work

How to handle stress at work? If you’re currently working, you probably know what it feels like to be stressed on the job. A must-do project arrives without warning. Three emails stack up for each one you delete. Phones ring, meetings are scheduled, and a coworker drops the ball on a shared assignment. How does …

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WORK IT OUT

By Dirk Cassiers | Apr 22, 2022 | 0 Comments
Work out

The primary source of stress John J. Ratey wrote the article below in 2008 in his book SPARK. The facts and figures were already clear then. So why don’t we do it? Since the office is a primary source of stress for many people, it’s an excellent place to look for the benefits of exercise. …

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