Four years ago I was pondering the thought of my son moving up from the Cub Scouts into the Boy Scouts and how I would be able to keep up with him. I was overweight at 277 lbs. and in poor physical condition. A knee injury in the past had affected my posture causing me pain in my back and an inability to jog or run. With that in mind I recalled 25 years ago the training I did in martial arts. I enjoyed the exercise and discipline however, I was looking for more. I was looking for a place that would not teach these techniques in a combat environment but rather an environment that would foster balance with mind and body to provide good health.Read more
I decided to pursue martial art training as a way to achieve a goal of losing weight, physical fitness and a focused mind. After an exhaustive search I found a school that was a perfect fit, The Martial Arts Center for Health.
In three years I started to see improvements in myself. The pain in my back and joints disappeared and my posture is straight which has not happened in over 20 years. I no longer am out of breath doing the simplest of tasks and I can run again… very fast. I did a 10 mile hike with the Boy Scouts and the next day drove five hours on business with not even a hint of discomfort. I lost 80 lbs. this past year and am now 197 lbs.
I see situations and relationships in a clearer, calmer state of mind. My wife has noticed such a positive change that she has started training at the school as well. Another benefit that I did not expect is how much I was better prepared for the challenges of being a father to two teenagers. The quality of my professional life has greatly improved.
Laura Rampil, DO
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 then 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.
Patricia Seykora AP, Dipl Ac, DOM
In the five years I’ve been training with the Martial Arts Center for Health I have lost thirty pounds, gained balance, strength and endurance. This has really helped me in my practice. As a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, I do a lot of specialized hands-on treatment to adjust the patient’s body. It’s physical work and now I find that I practice without feeling limited in how I am able to treat them, even seeing more patients and I don’t feel exhausted at the end of the day.
I’m also aware that my immune system is much stronger, I treat sick people all day, yet I am hardly ever out sick now. With the increased confidence I’ve seen through utilizing the knowledge and training at the Martial Arts Center for Health, I can diagnose more efficiently and find my treatments are even more effective. Therefore, patients benefit as well. They respond quickly and receive results for improved quality of life and overall wellness. Over the years, I have referred many of my patients to the Martial Arts Center for Health and find that they are not only able to learn more about helping themselves physically but they are more responsive to my treatments. They seem to retain their health improvements gained through the work that they’ve done with me by applying what they’ve learned at the Center.
Jennifer G, MD
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.