“A growing body of carefully conducted research is building a compelling case for tai chi as an adjunct to standard medical treatment for the prevention and rehabilitation of many conditions commonly associated with age”, says Peter M. Wayne,
Peter M, Wayne is the assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and director of the Tai Chi and Mind-Body Research Program at Harvard Medical School’
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Tai Chi has both physical and mental benefits. If done regularly, it improves muscle tone, flexibility, balance, and coordination. Many older people find that it boosts their energy, stamina, and agility. Sharpens their reflexes, and gives a sense of well-being.
The calming and meditative aspects of Tai Chi allow many to experience less stress. Some claim Tai Chi to be a healing therapy, and it’s often used to support other chronic conditions. Example: arthritis, fibromyalgia, and digestive disorders. Research is also showing emotional and psychological benefits of Tai Chi as well
A study of college students found those taking Tai Chi classes had a lower rate of depression than students in fitness programs.
Besides fitness benefits and stress reduction, Tai Chi sessions are helpful for seniors. It lower blood pressure. Helps arthritis sufferers and those recovering from an injury. Improves balance, and reduces the risk of falling, especially important for the elderly.
Tai Chi can result in a significant improvement in the quality of life for anyone. Because of the low stress level of the exercises it’s an attractive form of exercise for seniors.
When Tai Chi is practised, the movement creates streams of energy to flow through the body. In the philosophy of Tai Chi, it is said Chi (life energy) follows the mind. Each posture and movement creates a different energy flow that affect ones well-being.
Tai Chi stimulates circulation, aligns the skeleton and joints correctly. Stimulates the organs of the body and helps digestion. It increases muscle tone, strength, improves balance and coordination and improves breathing. It also affects the mind and the spirit.
Tai Chi focuses thought, so that mind and body energy works together as one. People find that they are happier, more alert, greater mental focus and more creative.