I was referred to Tom Cohen and Insight Wellness by a work associate approximately 18 months ago. I had been complaining to her about my persistent knee and ankle tendonitis as well as several other leg problems brought-on by 20 years of recreational running.
As a 40-year old with aspirations to improve my running and (some day) run a marathon, I set an appointment to meet with Tom. We discussed my goal to run faster and with less pain and decided to try a few sessions to determine if massage would benefit me. Tom's therapy was effective nearly immediately. I noticed improved flexibility and my problems with knee pain were eliminated after only a few sessions.
4 months ago, I began training in earnest for the Boston Marathon. Having trained for several half marathons over the years, I knew that the risk of injury would be high as I added more miles and more frequent workouts. I had resigned myself to the fact that I would (at some point in my training) be sidelined with an injury. My goal was to limit the severity of any injury and hopefully reduce the amount of time I would be unable to train.
Tom and I discussed my goal of running the marathon and decided to make a weekly massage part of the training schedule. I am pleased (and amazed) to report that I completed my training without injury. Further, I ran the marathon 10 minutes faster than my goal time.
Having run for many years, I am still amazed at the results I received from a weekly massage. I have never trained aggressively without injury- Until now. I would highly recommend massage (and Tom Cohen) as a training resource for any athlete.. Tom's contribution to my training was as important as any other element of my program and allowed me to do something I would otherwise not have been able to accomplish.
Just a short note to let you know that I have thoroughly enjoyed your Tai Chi classes here at Sun City Carolina Lakes. I have taken Tai Chi lessons before, but I learned to go through the motions of the form without really understanding the body mechanics of the moves. Your mantra of "Shift, sink, turn" is beginning to sink in after a few months and I believe I am starting to reap some of the benefits of the Tai Chi discipline. My balance is definitely improving and the breathing techniques that you have taught us has helped me calm my thoughts by concentrating on the here and now. I have even used some of the relaxation and breathing techniques to help me get back to sleep when I wake up in the middle of the night and my mind begins to race.
Thanks for your patience and your humor,
The Doctors were stumped
Before going to Tom, I was unable to drive and I could only work a few hours a day due to severe headaches, lightheadedness (caused from an LP), and myoclonic spasms (uncontrolled jerks). Tom explained the procedure and how it works with Western medicine to treat the problems. He first focused on solving the headaches and lightheadedness... I did not expect the results to be immediate, but after the first few sessions, the lightheadness was gone and the headaches were bareable. What I did not expect was the spasm reduced significantly as well. WELL ENOUGH TO DRIVE AND WORK. I'm continuing to improve with each session and my mind seems more alert than it has in years. Thank you Tom!
- Mike W. Charlotte, NC
Tai Chi for Health Classes
Imagine an exercise that relaxes your mind, increases flexibility, and improves your balance and coordination. Imagine your Tai Chi instructor, Tom Cohen, leading you patiently through the slow, graceful movements of the Tai Chi "form." Tom's expertise will bring pleasing benefits for those wishing to improve their general well-being and gain a sense of calmness. I have thoroughly enjoyed Tom's professionalism and insight.
Sun City Carolina Lakes
These days, I am now fully immersed in another sport; namely road bike racing. However, I continue to see Tom on a monthly schedule for massages. We still work a little on the lower back, but focus mainly on the legs and hip flexors. Cycling really works these muscle areas and massage relief from fatigue is needed from time to time. You can classify the massages now more as routine preventative maintenance since I don’t have any pending issues or nagging injuries. I strongly believe that my visits to Tom play a major role in keeping me in my current tip-top health condition.