Tai Chi has been growing in popularity in this country for some time now, with more Tai Chi Studios and classes appearing from
coast to coast…
Tai Chi has been practiced for hundreds, if not thousands of years in China, the birthplace of Tai chi. The art of Tai Chi is actually of form of qigong (energy cultivation or breath-work).
Tai chi Chuan is considered a “mind-body exercise”. You do slow, gentle, and fluid movements with your body. While doing this you focus on the movements and your breathing, and forget about the stresses of life.
Anyone can do Tai Chi. It is suitable and safe for people of all ages and abilities. It can be adapted for certain people or if you have a medical condition.
Did you know that the famous Mayo Clinic said that Tai Chi Will:
- Reduce stress
- Boost Your Immune System
- Increase flexibility
- Improve muscle strength and definition
- Increase energy, stamina and agility
- Increase feelings of well-being
- Reduce anxiety and depression
- Improve balance and coordination
- Reduce the number of falls you might be subject to
- Improve the quality of your sleep
- Slow bone loss in women after menopause
- Lower blood pressure
- Improve cardiovascular fitness
- Help relieve chronic pain
- Improve everyday physical functioning
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Studies have found, for example, that tai chi improves balance and prevents falls, a key issue for older people as falls can result in hip fracture and a fear of going outside independently.
Research has also suggested that tai chi or “taiji” as it’s sometimes spelled may be good for reducing pain, for example in people with rheumatoid arthritis, and that it may also help to prevent rheumatoid arthritis.
It’s been shown to be effective in coronary disease rehabilitation. It’s practice can help ease breathing difficulties in people with long term lung issues.
In addition, it has been suggested that tai chi can improve mental health by reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety naturally. Tai Chi Chuan gives you the tools to cope with stress. I know from my own experience and what others tell me, that every time I do the Tai Chi Short Form I just feel good!