As a student at the Martial Arts Center for Health, I am able to appreciate the benefits from both a personal and a professional perspective. As a patient who most physicians have essentially told they could do nothing more to help, I had become very frustrated and exhausted from daily chronic pain.
Since starting my training I have noticed a significant improvement in both my overall physical strength and emotional well being. As a physician, I ask patients everyday to remove stress from their life and become more physically active—many frequently not having a clear “prescription” or plan that will fit their busy schedules or match their physical capabilities. The Martial Arts Center for Health is a place where I can refer my patients and know they will leave both physically and psychologically better than when they started.
My name is Laura Rampil and I am a physician who specializes in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine. I’m a 55 year old woman who has trained at the Martial Arts Center for Health for 10 years. Initially I went to support a dear friend who was undertaking the challenge of first degree black belt. I couldn’t believe what this 51 year old woman could do. After talking with the instructors I felt this might be a place I could start to return to my body.
I wasn’t the most athletic kid but I did love to hike, ice skate and snow ski. I tried the gym, roller blading, swimming, biking but would always get board. In my 40’s I started to go to MACH classes. This was one year after a back surgery. I always felt like I got individual attention and the instructors helped modify what we were doing to help my back get strong and not hurt. Within a year my back could meet every challenge given, in or out of the school.” “Over the years I’ve been at the school, the instructors helped me through a couple of injuries and medical conditions. I feel like the help I got was a wonderful continuation of what traditional, alternative and physical therapy could offer. If I was honest with them, they could add and modify different forms and practices that would help me heal and be stronger. For example, I went from having osteopenia (weak bones) to having above normal bone density. Martial Arts Center for Health is a friendly place where I can be challenged physically and keep my busy mind focused on nothing but what we are doing in class. It is the perfect stress release. No matter how tired or stressed I am when I push myself to show up, I have always felt relaxed, calm and more energized when I leave. I never feel out of place and it is wonderful to move and laugh. I never run into the “gym talk” of weight, diets or what extreme thing I should do to look a certain way my body will never be. I hear positive encouragement to be strong, focused and relaxed in my body. I feel better about myself than I ever have before no matter what activities I have tried in the past.” “The Martial Arts Center for Health training has helped me help my patients in yet a different way. The philosophy presented dove tails beautifully with my Osteopathic training. It has given me an added dimension of how to help patients recover, strengthen and de-stress. I encourage patients to try Martial Arts Center for Health. Many of the patients who have gone are still students. I feel the martial arts training makes healthier people who need my services less. This is a great gift. I wish more of my patients would reap the benefits of what the Martial Arts Center for Health has to offer.
I am a 60-year-old psychiatrist who has been active and interested in physical fitness my whole life. I was referred to the Martial Arts Center for Health by a physician friend who noted my poor flexibility and posture when I consulted her regarding treatment of chronic shoulder pain. In the first 6 months of coming to the Martial Arts Center for Health, I experienced markedly improved flexibility, coordination, balance, and physical strength beyond what I’d been able to attain in the past which is continuing to improve 5 1/2 years later. In my line of work, I am exposed to the stress of others and large doses of negativity daily. The program has enhanced my own stress tolerance, making it truly a mind-body experience that impacts multiple facets of life. Also important to me is the sense of community among the students whose goal is also to improve their bodies and minds.
I have been going to the Martial Arts Center for Health for about 4 months. I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 2009, and my doctors have all said I should be doing physical exercise, especially weight bearing exercise. I have never been able to stick to an exercise program in my life. Either I got bored within weeks or I would injure myself by being over enthusiastic. But I absolutely love this place! The instructors are knowledgeable, caring, and enthusiastic. The program challenges my body and my mind, and I leave every class loving it more each time. The one-on-one attention you receive from all the instructors is unprecedented, and the program is easily adapted to each participant. The studio is beautiful and welcoming, the other students are friendly and helpful, and there are so many people here who have been going for years and years. This is a testament to the success of this program and the kind and wonderful people who work here. I hope to be a member for years to come.