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brain tai chi exercise for stroke ms  parkinsons  Enhance Brain Nutrition

Tai chi exercises and the nutritional recommendations included in this program provide you with tools that vastly improve blood circulation to the brain, one of the fundamental requirements to slow the effects of aging and memory loss, for repair after brain injury, with movement disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease, stroke, multiple sclerosis, brain injury, and with chronic stress, anxiety, PTSD and sleep issues. Exercises help to reduce stress and promote sleep and combined with nutrition improve blood and lymphatic circulation, and induce neuroplasticity. Exercises and nutrition reduce inflammation and free radical oxidative damage, blood brain barrier damage, and the accumulation of toxic cellular proteins and compounds (common to PD, Alzheimers and macular degeneration). Read Nutrition and the Brain presentation.

Dr. Susan Matthews is a neuroscientist who has researched spinal cord plasticity, stroke, retina, neuroendocrinology (brain hormones), and dopamine neurophysiology (Parkinsons). Dr. Matthews is an anatomist, biomechanist, a ballroom dancer and a 30-year tai chi master.

Brain Workshop™ Seminars are offered nationally. If you would like to sponsor a Brain Workshop seminar with Susan Matthews please email Susan Matthews at

Brain Workshop™ DVDs  are available for home practice. Read this description to learn more about the workshop. This video is now available to stream directly to your computer!

Private Consultation via Skype and Private Retreats may be a good fit for those not in the local Four Corners Area.

Dietary Recommendations

—Read Dietary Recommendations in PDF form (large file, be patient)—

Body Balance for the BrainVitali C for the BrainBody Balance is recommended as whole food nutritional supplementation for your brain that provides essential nutrients, trace minerals, vitamins, and amino acids. Body Balance™ is 98% inner-leaf aloe vera juice providing the most essential element to reduce inflammation and toxicity! Chronic inflammation and toxicity in the nervous system is now recognized as the predominant underlying condition in Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, MS, fibromyalgia, as well as chronic pain, migraine, allergies, Lupus, and autoimmune diseases.

Antioxidants protect along with providing immune system support. Several products address inflammation, heavy metals and other environmental toxicity. Plaque formation (a buildup of a protein in brain cells) is critically involved in the pathogenesis of Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimers. Researchers find that specific antioxidants such as those found in Vitali-C Plus inhibit plaque formation. Moreover, specific antioxidant molecules were also capable of robustly breaking up the plaques! Call Susan 970-903-5723. For more information or to order online:

Nutrition and Brain ProgramRead about the many nutritional products available that can be included in this program and why they have a profound effect on brain function.

More about qi and nutrition.

Link to Program Details.

Head and Neck Qigong Exercise, Massage, Visualization and Movement Therapy tools that vastly improve blood circulation to the brain:

Qigong Practice DVDHead and neck qigong and relaxation exercises, massage and visualizations serve many purposes. Foremost is to provide an abundant blood supply to the brain to deliver nutrients and regulatory chemicals and improve lymphatic circulation to remove waste and accumulated toxins. Qigong, mindfulness training, uses powerful relaxation visualizations to improve oxygen and energy to the brain, eyes and ears. The visualizations activate the parasympathetic system to induce relaxation, increase mental focus, and increase vital energy called qi. Movement Therapy includes upper body spine, neck and shoulder loosening through relaxation. Sitting in chair exercises include abdominal exercises that increase blood circulation to the internal organs, aid digestion, improve incontinence, relaxation, digestion and sleep. Head and Neck Qigong exercises are provided on Energy Gathering and Blood Circulation Qigong DVD with Susan Matthews, MS, ND. This Qigong video is an excellent home practice aid for any age or ability. Exercises directly stimulate the immune system, internal organs, brain, lymph and blood circulation, skin circulation, and energy flow in the meridians. Great for detoxification of the tissues. Link to video clip, more information and to order.

Nutrition and Movement Consultation

Including a personalized guided visualization and review of your Wellness Questionnaire is recommended to access your initial state of wellness and to help the track changes over time. An evaluation and recommendation for products, specific qigong and precautions will be made based on the needs of each individual. This evaluation can be either by phone or preferably over a Skype interview. More information about Private Consultation. * More about qi and nutrition.

Find out how to personalize Your nutrition and movement program today. Call 970-903-5723 or email to get started.

Testimonials from participants!

—Multiple Sclerosis and Brain WorkshopBRAIN TAI CHI EXERCISE

Dear Susan,

It is difficult to find words adequate to describe the depth of my gratitude to you. You gave of your time, your energy, your compassion, your wisdom 100% yesterday, to such an extent that it seems to me as if that aspect of yourself who taught me is forever with me. I am profoundly grateful for what you have shown and given me - and how flat those words fall next to the actual experience. Gerry, too, was transformed by hope and thankfulness yesterday, and in fact both of us were moved to tears on the drive home. You are a healer and teacher in the deepest sense of those words.

Today I am in no pain whatsoever, and am still walking better - though I have not practiced yet today. My tiredness last night was delicious and normal - no fatigue or exhaustion, just a sense of pleasant glowing accomplishment and readiness for rest. You were so right yesterday when you said that we had pushed through to a new level - for me, it represented the "forced evolution" that comes from walking a genuine spiritual path: the sensations and new information were slow to process by the time the afternoon tai chi class started, but by sitting and absorbing, watching and feeling, the integration process began and will never stop - it is a dynamo.

Thank you and bless you always, Susan.

—Multiple Sclerosis and Body Balance

This story begins when I was a 16 year-old ballerina in 1976. I struggled to find the energy to sustain myself through daily lessons, rehearsals, teaching schedules and high school studies. Throughout college, marriage and the birth of my children this search for energy continued.

Frighteningly, on July 4, 1999, my vision spontaneously blurred and I was extremely affected by a host of symptoms. They included: dizziness, heart palpitations, acute fatigue, insomnia, numbness and tingling in my extremities, inability to concentrate, short term memory loss and slurred speech. It hurt to do the laundry. Finally, the doctors gave it a name: Multiple Sclerosis.

During the following eight months, I immersed myself in a battle for health. In June 2000, I began taking two ounces of Body Balance per day. Within two days, the blurry vision cleared and a welcome energy had me back on my feet. I enthusiastically rode this wave of health for about six weeks before that roller coaster of intermittent fatigue and depression began to take hold again.

Blood analysis results that showed my calcium, magnesium, chromium, and phosphorus levels still to be low even though I had been taking these supplements in pill form for the past 11 months. At this point, I reviewed the ingredients in OsteoProCare and it was obvious to me that I had to add this formula to my arsenal. Within a few days of taking OsteoProCare, the numbness and tingling disappeared.

It is hard for me to describe or find the words to describe what these products have done for me. After 23 years, I finally found what I have been searching for. I am experiencing significant and consistent health. Day after productive day, I marvel at the absence of those symptoms that plagued my life and crippled my spirit one year ago. My hair is even growing back in!

Life is a dance again! Julie Daly


A friend of mine that is 44 years old has had MS for four years and was getting worse. They gave her a new drug at Christmas time that nearly killed her. I asked her if she would try Body Balance three months ago. She went to her doctor last month and he could not believe how much she had improved. Her doctor has now cut her medication. Thanks to Body Balance, I have my friend back. Glenda Powers
Cambridge, OH

—Lower Brain Stem Stroke

With all the stress, Enar had a lower brain stem stroke. He nearly died on the way to the hospital. It left him paralyzed in the throat and with special disorientation. We got him out of the hospital on a stretcher.

The doctors wanted to put him in a nursing home, because he was so weak (114 lbs) and had to be fed through a tube in his stomach, and was deteriorating. We took him to Norm Burba, MD, who introduced us to Body Balance. Along with taking him off the chemicals and drugs they had him on, we fed him blended real foods and lots of Body Balance through the day and night.

He has made such a dramatic recovery that the speech therapist is using the product and recommending it! He literally has blown away the statistics on lower brain stem strokes. In 30 days, he can swallow and talk once again, has gained 20 lbs he lost and his equilibrium is returning. I highly recommend trying Body Balance!

June Fridh North Carolina

—Severe Depression

My friend, who is in her early 30’s, was suffering from severe depression. I read about how the lack of certain minerals can cause depression. I told my friend about Body Balance. She was so skeptical, she probably only took the product out of friendship. However, the improvement was so remarkable, that my friend made the comment, that she would never be without Body Balance! Thank you, because now I have my friend back, the way she used to be.



I have suffered with migraine headaches for over 22 years. The first 20 years they were few and sometimes far apart, but within the last 2 years the migraines became frequent (as many as 3 a week). They were actually destroying my life, marriage, business—everything. The migraines were so severe that I had to go to the hospital for pain and nausea medication. I have no hospitalization insurance, so I knew that we could not afford too many more trips to the hospital.

Since my last trip to the doctor I started on Body Balance and Sunset. I have only bad one headache since. This is nothing short of a miracle. I could never tell you what these products have done for me, what Life Force and the Hillmans have brought to me through these products. It is incredible! Judy Miller