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The Kaizen Sensei Speaks about How Cryotherapy Helps Relieve Pain

One thing I did not address is why do we feel pain?  

Here is the kindergarten version.  

We feel pain because the brain recognizes an problem with our body.  It could be acute, meaning like, something happened all of a sudden, like a hammer making contact on a thumb initiating a flurry of expletive deleted with grandkids admonishing me by saying, "Papa!  That's not a nice word!"  

Then we'd have those nagging type of pains that don't go away.  You know what I'm talking about: the bad back, bad neck, bad knees, bad attitudes.  For example, I injured my back years ago and for all reasons that I can't understand has not completely healed; and, every morning, I wake up to a reminder "your back hurts!!!.

So what we have are anamolies in our bodies that send signals to our brains, telling us that something is wrong and it creates a response that is, not only uncomfortable, but hurts in a degree from three (mild annoyance) to 10, which in the latter, sucks big time.

Of course, this is something that's not new, and I wanted to sound somewhat informed before I go further.

You're gonna like this next piece and wondering why I'm flop flopping ideas.  First, because I think this next topic is pretty cool (or c..c..c..cold, brrrrrr). Second is because I'm the writer, and when I write, I do my best when I just let the juices of creativity take over.

Today, I'm going to introduce you to something called…


Check out the video.

Here are the claimed benefits
  • Increases performance levels
  • Decreases inflammation
  • Increases metabolism
  • Reduces pain and fatigue
  • Releases endorphins and increases a sense of well being
  • Lessens appearance of wrinkles by releasing the skin's collagens


So what we have here is a process where you freeze a major part of your body in this coffin like box for a couple of minutes and when you get out, your body fixes itself magically.  It kind of reminds me of when I blew my knee out during a game between my alma mater Delano High and Arvin high, when this POS purposely aimed for my knee. I ended up being incapacitated.  The treatment plan, saved for a primitive form of knee surgery that left a scar from the middle of my belly button to the bottom of my left toe, which wasn't gonna happen to me, was for me to stick my bad leg into a garbage bag full of ice for five minutes, pull out for five and repeating the process three times, three times a day, till the swelling goes away.

Let me tell you, sticking your swollen leg into a bucket of ice produced more pain than the actual misplaced tackle.  Excruciating was more like it.  Long story was that ice or "freezing" the injured part of your body was practiced for a long time, but this high tech shiny penny cryotherapy has picked up traction in spas, gyms and various treatment facilities which include chiropractor clinics.  

I cannot back up any of its claims, nor will the FDA provide information regarding its role in the medical community. 

After researching, there are more of these cryotherapy facilities than you'd expect locally, and from what I've seen in YouTube videos and read from blogs and posts, it appears reasonably safe. But then, after saying that, I did read an article regarding a salon worker who died in one of these chambers.  See Cryotherapy Death.  So it's not without its risks!

Cost vary per treatment, but I've seen it on average about $35 per session.

The Kaizen Sensei Speaks Out About Pain's Cause and Effect

As a baby boomer, pain is so much part of our lives that either we bitch or live in harmony with it.

I am not saying that it’s fun, the right thing, nor does it makes me happy in any shape or form. It’s just how it is, and those who are my age agree that it’s life, a reality, and we deal with it or don’t.

So, pain comes to us in so many ways. Right now I’d like to focus only on the type that affects our bones and muscles. Others caused by illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, obesity, and chronic disease fall within this category as the symptoms are truly relatable, but the root causes are certainly different.

I’m talking about the pain in our bodies that are the direct result of us when we were children jumping off roofs (or being pushed off by older siblings), falling off pick up trucks, participating in sports when pain was a requirement and not carefully monitored, and working hard labor, with undeveloped technology in harsh conditions, long hours, pushing limits, as part of our daily lives.

Though we did not invent exercise, jogging, meditation, martial arts or yoga, we brought them main stream and made them popular, like when sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll were safe. We were the change agents that created a new generation of acceptance. Thank you Woodstock.

In almost all cases, we, can remember those days, the root causes of the pain effects we feel today as we take our ibuprofens, acetaminophen, aspirin and other over-the-counter drugs easily found off the shelves of our favorite retail drug stores. Then there are some of us, who rely upon prescription pain meds. I met this person, a cement mason, who says that if he does not take his pills, he could not make it through the day, admitting  his reliance and addiction.

He said he’d try alternatives, but the psychological and physical effects of the drugs chained him, tightly, to this destructive routine.

There are a lot of us baby boomers who swallow a pillbox of prescriptions daily.  Cholesterols,, blood pressure, type 2 diabetes pills are common.  There are many others. I also down a slew of supplements with hope they do some good to the inflammation that attack my joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles.

Unfortunately, due to pain, a portion of our retirement budget is devoted to pills, pills, pills.

I think about how much money I’d save if it weren’t for the pills I take every day.

I almost decided to find out by listing them on an excel spreadsheet, but then thought differently?

Why add depression to my daily aches and pain.

The Kaizen Sensei Speaks About Pain

As a baby boomer, I’m writing this blog to address a subject matter that is intimate to us, people our ages.

 It is relentless.

It is undeniable.

It is bothersome.

It is that four letter word: PAIN.

I realize that pain attacks us in so many ways, more specifically, psychological, but today I’m  about how it affects our body, How we are reminded each and every freaking morning when we wake up. I apologize, but for the past 20 years, I’ve lived with it and, I’m sure, many of you will agree, it sucks.

I have already gone through the regimen of consulting doctors, physical therapists and chiropractors, taking over-the-counter drugs and herbs and supplements and the dangerous prescription pain medication, that I’ve chosen not to take, participated in various exercises that included Pilates, gym training, Qigong, Tai Chi, and yoga.

I’ve changed my diet and lost weight, which I’ve gained back, drank gallons of water, rubbed ointments, and practiced mindful meditation.

What I’ve found out is that, in my age (mid-60’s, class of 1971, whoooo whoooo), pain does not go away. The doctor suggests surgery, but after hearing about the success and failure rates, I’m not confident that it’s an option until such time it becomes a “no option” decision.  Right now, I have a choice.

So, I’ve got this wild hair to look into what we’re doing to deal with this. I’m going go through my own personal research and data mine facts and myth. I’m not going to say it’s anything near scientific, but it’s a journey I’m going to take, record and document.

Be forewarned, I’m going to take a “far out” hippie approach, review ideas and options like aroma therapy, sound and vibrations, affirmations, biofeedback, gut flushing, religion, spiritual, healing votices in Sedona,  Macchu Picchu and San Francisco’s Tenderloin (kidding about SF), and last but not least, cannabis and hemp.

So stay tuned.  The series begin when the Baby Boomer Sensei Speaks!


Tai Chi for Humanity

Recently, I was recognized for my volunteer work teaching Qigong and Tai Chi at a local Cancer Center.  I was both humbled and appreciative and thank my teachers and mentors who helped me be a vessel of their wisdom and contributions.

What Is Tai Chi / Qigong?

People think Tai Chi is about elderly Asians in a park, moving slowly like astronauts on the moon.  

I even had a friend ask me if it was one of those expensive coffee house drinks; I told him, "No, that drink would be "chai tea.”

A fast growing exercise with about 85 million training it daily internationally (source:, there's more than just Asians or old folks making it part of their lives, with or without tea.

Practicing Tai Chi helps improve respiratory function in patients with COPD

The following is a newly published article that I think will benefit people who suffer from COPD.  

April 4, 2018, Elsevier

Finding ways to help patients with COPD improve their functional status is an area of interest for pulmonary healthcare providers. Currently, pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) is used where available to improve exercise capacity and quality of life, but the treatment requires access to trained staff and specialized facilities. A new study in the journal CHEST looked at Tai Chi as a lower cost, more easily accessed treatment option. Investigators found that this slow, methodical form of exercise is equivalent to PR for improving respiratory function in patients with COPD.

To read full article click here

Supporting data can be found at CHEST

Tai Chi Beats Aerobics for Fibromyalgia Pain

By Mary Elizabeth Dallas
HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, March 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If you suffer from fibromyalgia, new research suggests tai chi might do more than aerobic exercise to ease your chronic pain.

"Tai chi mind-body treatment results in similar or greater improvement in symptoms than aerobic exercise, the current most commonly prescribed nondrug treatment, for a variety of outcomes for patients with fibromyalgia," the study authors wrote.

To read the rest of the article, go to:

Tai Chi Beats Aerobics for Fibromyalgia Pain

My Tai Chi Story

My Tai Chi Story

I’ve practiced Tai Chi for over 40 years, learned and experienced the tremendous benefits, how it’s kept me healthy, in mind, body and spirit.

What is Tai Chi?

Tai Chi (translated means “grand ultimate fist”) is an internal martial art created about 300 years ago, when a Buddhist monk observed movements between a snake and crane fighting.  The monk emulated these movements and created a method of martial arts.  Years passed and this exercise was developed into what we know now is Tai Chi and Kung fu.  

Benefits of Tai Chi Energy: Healing and Staying Healthy

By Sensei Domi

Staying fit and healthy are things we seniors or baby boomers think about all the time.  As soon as we wake up and roll out of bed, the aches and pains remind us of our ages.

My wife and I were at a friend's house, sharing wine and conversation.  Aside from talking about grandchildren, retirement, and fixed incomes, we talked about our health, how once vibrant and athletic we were, now reduced to taking handfuls of pills --  our bane: arthritis, diabetes, high cholesterol and blood pressure; in essence, taking synthetic prescription medication to stretch the inevitable.

Gotta stay alive, right?  But is pill taking our only option?

Anti-Aging, DHEA and Qigong

By Sensei Domi

As a long time martial artist who now trains Taijiquan and Qigong every day, I’ve definitely enjoyed some of the neat benefits, one of them is appearing youthful, years younger than what my nearly 60 years on this earth presents.  Everyone who I meet with ask me what my secret is, I tell them that I eat right, avoid stress, enjoy life and most importantly, exercise daily, more specifically qigong and taijiguan, you may know it more as Tai Chi.

Qi Gong: Anti-Aging Tool Article Reprint from

By Kay Hutchinson, CAMQ, CAMT

Qi gong is one of the most powerful tools for staying young and nourishing longevity. How does it work?

Builds Internal Strength and Suppleness

Unlike other forms of traditional western exercise, qi gong trains the energy of the body to invigorate internal organs to promote balanced health and prolong youthful appearance.

Tai Chi for Cancer Patients and Survivors

I decided that it's time I help cancer patients and survivors with my skills.  If I can, in a small way, provide hope and inspiration, then it's all worth it.  Wednesday morning 10 to 11.  See calendar below.

Tai Chi Can Ease PTSD in Vets

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The Incredible Story of Guolin: Cancer Survivor

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This is the  story of Guolin. I'm sure many of you have no idea who she is.  But for those of you who have or have had cancer, this is a story, I’m sure, you'll like.

Ms. Guo Lin taught traditional Chinese painting and, at 43, was diagnosed with uterine cancer.  She had her uterus removed in 1949 while in Shanghai, China. Unfortunately, it spread to her bladder and, in 1960, had half of it removed.  After four additional operations, the doctors gave up and, in 1964, told her she had months to live.

Not one to give up hope, she searched for options. Then by chance, she found, while cleaning her home, ancient Qigong texts left to her by her late grandfather (a Taoist priest).  Without a sifu or instructor, she self-taught herself these forms.  Incredible as this sounds, in after six months, Guolin’s cancer went into remission.

Mindfulness of Normal

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Recently, I revisited the practice of mindful meditation. For those who aren't aware, it’s simply the ability the focus on the moment.

Now think about it?  How many of us can focus on one thing; for example, a job to be done without distraction; multitasking, listening to headsets while cooking, watching television while texting, or thinking about a multitude of things while walking to work.  

David Dorian Ross' 16 Step Yang Style Form

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