Is Tai Chi for me?
In a world where we’re looking for fast treatment and instant gratification, natural treatments offer a breath of fresh air. Tai Chi is unique because of its multifaceted and concurrent emphasis on activity and mindfulness.
A growing body of research supports the case for Tai Chi as an adjunct to standard medical treatment for the prevention and rehabilitation of many conditions commonly associated with age.
Tai Chi differs from other types of exercise in several respects. The movements involve controlled waist-driven circular movement; the muscles are relaxed rather than tensed, and the joints are not fully extended or bent. Tai Chi can be easily adapted for anyone, from the fittest to people confined to wheelchairs or recovering from surgery.
The practice of Tai Chi facilitates health by:
- Massaging the internal organs
- Helping the digestive system work better
- Facilitating the exchange of gases in the lungs
- Increasing calmness and awareness
- Improving balance
People practice Tai Chi for various health purposes:
- Tai Chi is a low-impact form of exercise
- To improve physical condition, muscle strength, coordination, and flexibility
- It is a weight-bearing exercise that can help strengthen the bones
- It is an aerobic exercise
- To have better balance and a lower risk for falls, especially for the elderly
- To ease pain and stiffness; for example, from arthritis or fibromyalgia
- For health benefits that may be experienced from meditation
- To improve sleep
- For overall wellness
- Relief from chronic illnesses like COPD, heart disease, osteoarthritis, Parkinson’s Disease, cancer, and fibromyalgia, as well as other conditions
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