hesadevil (hesadevil) wrote,

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Not a happy bunny

Tai Chi tonight was really hard going. I skipped a couple of the warm up exercises because they involved rotation of the lower back. And I wouldn't do the neck rolls either. I did the neck exercises advised by Gary the physio.

That was fine, because although the instructor noticed, he made no comment. But when we moved on in the form, to learning the next move, I complained that my back was hurting. I knew that he was of the no pain, no gain school of thought but didn't appreciate being told that it was a different pain to the one that meant I was doing further damage to my back. I've been with Gary since I put my neck out in 1991. He's a sports' injury physio. and when he says don't push through the pain, you'll do more harm than good, I tend to believe him.

I think R got the message when I moved straight into the end breathing exercises without practicing the new move. He asked me if I was all right, and even promised to look for a DVD of the long form that I could buy to take away with me to France. He'd resisted that, again because he believes learning from video is bad. I think I may have persuaded him that I don't intend to learn anything new from it but need one as an aide memoire.

I haven't decided if I'm going to stick with this class, after the disagreement this evening. My instinct tells me to quit and find a class that fits more with my needs. Trouble is, there's only one other class in the area that allows students to pay per lesson they attend. The third class is run on a termly basis, which means if you miss a class, you lose money.

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