has been practiced in China for centuries as a martial art, as
exercise, and as a means of improving the flow of internal
energy (chi) within the body. Advice for
Because of Tai Chi's emphasis on
correct form and feeling each movement, it is practiced very
slowly and gently. Completely non-impact, yet
involving the entire body, Tai Chi promotes, strength of
Because the whole body moves as one, Tai
Chi cultivates the link between mind and body, enhancing balance and
Practitioners develop confidence
and ease of movement. Each form has a definite martial
application which are not always obvious to the casual observer
because of the gracious circular and spiral movements which look
more like a dance.
The main focus today is on the
proven health, fitness and stress relief value of Tai Chi.
The movements (or forms) are
practiced at a slow and gentle pace. These are not merely
physical exercises, but are also mind exercises.
In research projects held at
Emery and Ohio Universities various forms of exercises were
tested. It was found that Tai Chi was by far the best exercise
to enhance coordination between mind and body.
Tai Chi benefits people and of
all ages - (research has proved that if the elderly practice Tai
Chi regularly, there is a marked decrease in falls because it
enhances their sense of balance). Tai Chi is particularly good
for the prevention and improvement of arthritis.
Regular practice of Tai Chi can
bring a wide range of health benefits to the muscular, skeletal
and circulatory systems. The flowing movements of Tai Chi serve
as a moving meditation that reduces stress and provides a way to
cultivate body and mind.
- Specific health benefits and
- Toning of muscles, tendons
and other soft tissues.
- Rotation of the joints
through a full range of motion.
- Stretching and alignment of
the spine to make it strong and supple.
- Gentle massage of the
internal organs to improve their functioning.
is an essential part of health. The aim of exercise is to
improve flexibility, muscular strength and fitness.
Published studies have shown that Tai Chi stretches and
strengthens joints, muscles and ligaments, and improves
cardio-respiratory fitness. It also offers other health
- Improves posture
- Helps relaxation and
- Improves the flow of Qi (a
life energy necessary for health and vitality).
- Can be practiced anywhere
and by everybody regardless of age.
- Tai Chi strengthens the body
as well as the mind from within.