Tai Chi

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What Is Tai Chi?

Tai Chi is a multimodal mind-body exercise integrating gracefulness, mindfulness, and gentleness, is a form of traditional Chinese exercise. It involves physical activity, cognitive control, and social interaction when practiced in a group, such as in our semi-private studio.

Tai Chi combines the focus on deep breathing techniques, synchronized and rhythmic movements, coordination of slow movements with mental focus, specific postures, and meditation to induce relaxation to help with fatigue, psychological and physical stress.

More Information on Tai Chi

The practice of Tai Ci has a long history and tradition in ancient China. Recently the interest and practice of Tai Chi have surged in the United States and other Western nations. This surge is the result of medical research studies that have connected the practice of Tai Chi with significant health benefits.

Published medical studies have shown that practicing this adaptation of Sun Style Tai Chi brings pain relief, improves balance and significantly reduces falls. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among many other health organizations, recommend our classes, Tai Chi for Arthritis for Fall Prevention, and Gentle Tai Chi to mitigate the effects and Arthritis, improve balance and prevent falls.

The movements are effective in strengthening major muscle groups to address arthritic and other conditions.  The degree of exertion can be easily adjusted making the classes suitable for people of all levels of ability.

What are the Benefits of Tai Chi?

The benefits of practicing Tai Chi have been reported in cognitive performance and motor functions, such as postural control, fall prevention, muscle strength, and agility.

It is a low impact exercise routine that works the entire body. Movements include forward and backward of human body, the rise and fall of one’s centre of gravity, the static and dynamic of one’s whole body and part, the opening and closing of chest, shoulder, elbow, hands, hip, knee and feet, the lengthen and bending of the spine.

Many local physicians are encouraging their patients to take Tai Chi classes.  Health benefits resulting from the practice of tai chi include:

  • Increased flexibility, muscle strength, and fitness
  • Less stress and more relaxation
  • Improved immunity
  • Lower cholesterol and blood pressure
  • Better body posture
  • Integration of both mind and spirit
  • Improved flow of life energy

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