I’m a 50-something tech entrepreneur, I’ve been a member at the San Mateo Dahn Center for a year and a half, and it’s been a wonderful experience. I’ve lost weight, reduced my stress level, and increased my flexibility, balance and strength. I just got my lab results from my annual physical, and they show significant reductions in both cholesterol and blood-pressure. While there are certainly other factors involved in that success, I’m quite certain that Dahn is a major one.
Dahn isn’t my first foray into oriental mind/body techniques. Over the years I’ve practiced yoga, tai-chi and meditation. All were good but none could, by itself, do the overall job of physical and spiritual health enhancement I was looking for. What’s unique about Dahn is that it draws from several traditional Korean disciplines and blends them into a program that has elements from, or similar to, all three disciplines – and some more. It’s a very rare class that I don’t walk out of feeling refreshed, re-energized and re-centered, and that is the general feeling expressed by others in attendance as well. Another feature I really like is that classes run several times per day Monday through Friday (plus an open class Saturday), and you can show up whenever the timing works for you. Sure we know that preventive health care is essential, but life too often gets in the way. Dahn’s flexibility in scheduling has really helped me to make the time to take care of myself on a regular basis.
The Dahn system does seem to be priced higher than classes in just yoga or tai-chi, etc. Personally though I’ve found the advantages of a multifaceted program and the flexible scheduling make it well worth my while. If you find, as I did, that the benefits to your overall health are compelling enough to warrant a long-term commitment, then the lifetime membership option reduces the cost dramatically.
Pros: comprehensive program, great results, flexible schedule