Tai Chi: Healing Exercise in Traditional Chinese Medicine
Tai chi is a low impact exercise influenced by Traditional Chinese Medicine
Burnaby, BC - November 2, 2010 - Tai Chi is one of the key elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine. As with all forms of Chinese medicine, the purpose of Tai Chi is to facilitate the flow of energy ("chi" or "qi") through the body.
Tai Chi Moves
Tai Chi involves slow, flowing movements that help to improve balance, coordination, flexibility, and muscle tone. There are over 100 possible Tai Chi moves, all of which are performed in opposite pairs to balance the flow of energy within the body. Controlled, rhythmic breathing helps to promote a calm, meditative mindset. Tai Chi has often been described as "meditation in motion".
Tai Chi Exercises
Tai Chi is growing in popularity in many Western countries because it offers many of the same benefits as traditional aerobic exercises, but with a much lower risk of strain and injury. The public interest has sparked an interest in the scientific community as well and early studies suggest that Tai Chi produces a number of positive health benefits. Tai Chi may result in:
- A greater sense of wellbeing
- Chronic pain reduction
- Decreased muscle tension
- Fewer falls in seniors
- Fewer heart problems
- Improved circulation
- Improved sleep quality
- Increased energy levels
- Lower blood pressure
- Reduced anxiety and depression
- Stress relief
Tai Chi is a low impact exercise regime that is considered safe for almost anyone. However, if you suffer from joint problems, heart disease, osteoporosis or any similar condition, you may want to consult your doctor before trying Tai Chi.
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