Balancing Body Using Tai Chi
Tai Chi’s graceful forms incorporate deep breathing, relaxation and a full range of movement to release blocked energy and allow Chi to flow naturally again. This supports the body to heal and develop strength, vitality, calm and clarity. Tai Chi is an ideal lifelong exercise that is accessible for all levels of ability.
Daily practice strengthens muscles and bones, increases circulation, flexibility, coordination, and reduces tension throughout the body thus healing both the mind and body. Tai Chi is a traditional Chinese internal martial art often described as a moving meditation.
Benefits of Tai Chi for Seniors and Tai Chi are synonymous. A study sponsored by the National Institute on Aging, conducted at a prominent university in Georgia in 1995 was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). This study showed that Tai Chi was the only exercise that statistically and significantly decreased the number of falls among the elderly. Falls are the sixth largest cause of death among seniors and contribute to a general health decline even when they’re not the direct cause of death. The Tai Chi practitioners reported a 25% decrease in injuries from falls. Preventing falls is certainly an important goal for the senior population.
Tai chi helps improve balance because it targets all the physical components needed to stay upright—leg strength, flexibility, range of motion, and reflexes—all of which tend to decline with age. Interestingly, one of tai chi’s biggest benefits to stability isn’t physical—but emotional.
Private, semi-private and group Tai Chi classes are available.
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