Well Erik we most certainly went to different VRT therapists together! And different Tai Chi classes too. Tai Chi is gentle. An integrated structured VRT programme is far more gruelling and demanding.
I see great differences between VRT and Tai Chi. When I was chronic, neither was a viable option, even gentle Tai Chi which I had done virtually daily for more than three years pre-chronic MAV. I’d get my VRT trying to walk around my house!
Yes, but what if you’re already 24/7 dizzy anyway. What if you have already felt sick, all day every day for a year. Can anybody quantify sickness by percentage. I couldn’t.
VRT is designed to reprogramme the brain. VRT therapist (who was supposedly top of her tree and who had been trained in US which is why I paid her so much money, US being streaks ahead of UK with VRT) told me the brain only listens to persistent repetitive movements to this effect performed in multiples of five. Anything less, it just assumes to be normal bodily movements. I carried out VRT exercises for 50 minutes a day, five separate 10 minutes sessions, every day, for nearly six months. This was built up over time but I once calculated eventually meant doing these various exercises (and not including gaze stabilisation exercises) I was turning my neck left to right right to left some 400+ times per day. Nearly all MAVers experience problems with that particular movement. I found it doubly difficult, having, like many other MAVers, a permanent stiff neck before I ever started VRT. I have since discovered that performing these exercises against a stiff neck actually means you are ‘reprogramming’ the brain incorrectly which I well believe as, although when I first started VRT, I could turn my head left/right, right/left and still walk a straight line, I’ve never been able to do so since and still, and it’s three years since I stopped VRT, cannot.
Tai Chi - obviously the ‘no contact’ non-martial arts type - is gentle, based on walking albeit a somewhat different walking experience than most Westerners are accustomed to. It’s far more natural. It’s relaxing, meditative, not gruelling. Helen