Aikido for Health
Three years ago, I was diagnosed with advanced stage three cancer. After a year of treatments, which included two surgeries, 6 months of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, I decided that I needed to radically change my lifestyle, attitude, etc. Having cancer is a huge wake up call - I thought that martial arts might be helpful. I investigated a number of styles and decided on two to try - Tai Qi Quan and Aikido. I think these two really complement eachother.
I have now been doing them for one year and truly believe that they have helped me. Tai Qi has taught me how to breathe and relax in ways I never knew possible. Aikido has helped me physically and mentally re-adjust some of my attitudes about life and confrontation. In addition, I lost 52 pounds in one year, which cannot but help my overall health situation. I hope to lose another 40 or so this year. (I started at about 292) While the weight loss is significant, I really feel that the mental benefits of aikido are equally great. I just have this overall sense of well being that I do not remember having at earlier periods in my life. People who have known me many years have seen a profound difference in the way I carry myself and deal with life. (In a positive way)
I am curious if anyone else has had similar kinds of experiences with aikido and /or reasons for doing aikido.