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Tai Chi

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Tai Chi was developed in ancient China. It started as a martial art and a means of self-defense. Over time, people began to use it for health purposes as well. Tai Chi is a mind-body practice in complementary and alternative medicine. Tai Chi is sometimes referred to as “moving meditation”—practitioners move their bodies slowly, gently and with awareness, while breathing deeply. 

Accounts of the history of Tai Chi vary. A popular legend credits its origins to Chang San-Feng, a Taoist monk, who developed a set of 13 exercises that imitate the movements of animals. He also emphasized meditation and the concept of internal force (in contrast to the external force emphasized in other martial arts, such as Kung Fu and Tae Kwon Do). 

Tai Chi Practice on the Waterfront

Who can do Tai Chi?

Tai chi is low impact and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels. In fact, because Tai Chi is a low impact exercise, it may be especially suitable if you're an older adult who otherwise may not exercise. 

You may also find Tai Chi appealing because it's inexpensive and requires no special equipment. You can do Tai Chi anywhere, including indoors or outside. And you can do Tai Chi alone or in a group class. Although Tai Chi is generally safe, women who are pregnant or people with joint problems, back pain, fractures, severe osteoporosis or a hernia should consult their health care provider before trying Tai Chi. Modification or avoidance of certain postures may be recommended.

Generally Chinese population collectively perform Tai Chi as a group in open grounds every day morning as a routine.  Tai Chi results in healthy and stable older adults.   We would also like to make our elderly population free from risk of falls.  We at Jay Physiotherapy Clinic, teach Tai Chi for our patients and fitness clients for their health benefits.

Tai Chi Group Practice

Research has shown that Tai Chi practice

  • improves balance, strength and flexibility,

  • reduces risk of fall in older adults,

  • improves breathing and immune function,

  • reduces stress, anxiety and depression,

  • improves sleep and reduces insomnia,

  • increases brain activity,

  • improves joint function,

  • lowers risk of heart failure,

  • improves aerobic conditioning,

  • loose body weight and many more.

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