What are the Benefits of Tai Chi by Mercedes Aspland
Tai Chi is becoming more and more popular and is being greeted by the medical world in a positive light. In this article we will look at what Tai Chi is, the principles behind it and the benefits that you can get through regular practise of Tai Chi.
What is Tai Chi?
Tai chi is a form of exercise that originates from ancient Chinese medicine. It is based on the principle of yin and yang and the idea is to bring balance between the two parts. In practise Tai Chi is a series of slow movements and breathing and focus. The aim is to bring strength to the mind and body and balance between them. The movements in Tai Chi originate from martial arts and although many of the principles are different the element of control that appears in many martial arts also appear in Tai Chi. It is a very low impact exercise that makes it great for people of all ages and physical abilities.
What are the Benefits of Tai Chi
There are a large number of benefits of Tai Chi and these are both mental and physical meaning that it can be very help for both mental and physical conditions. We have split the benefits into three categories, psychological, physical and emotional so that the full benefits can be properly highlighted.
1. Psychological - Tai Chi is a slow exercise that incorporates meditation which can help to calm the mind. In fact clinical studies in the USA have shown that people who practise Tai Chi on a regular basis experience a greater balance and peace of mind in the lives in just 8 weeks. The practise of Tai Chi can also help to boost self esteem and confidence and create a much brighter outlook on life.
2. Physical - Although Tai Chi uses slow movements it can still cause people to work up a sweat and strengthen muscles. This can also cause improved circulation as it cause the blood to flow more strongly. It is also believed that the flow of energy around the body can help to strengthen the immune system. The strengthening of the muscles can also help with conditions like arthritis, particularly in the knees and cartilage damage. A large number of benefits are also felt by the spine so it could be particularly beneficial for people suffering from back pain and other similar problems.
3. Emotional - a number of studies have shown that regular practise of Tai Chi can reduce cortisol levels in the body which can help to even out moods. This can be particularly beneficial for people who are suffering from conditions like depression, stress and anxiety. Tai Chi also has a spiritual element that allows people to connect their mind and body and so resolve inner conflicts. This peace can also help people to deal with everyday life and face problems in a much calmer balanced way then before.
The above shows that there are significant benefits to practising Tai Chi and one advantage is that it can be easy to practise at home on a regular basis. If you are unsure when starting it might be worth finding a class that can teach you the basics. You will then feel very prepared to move forwards on your own. If you are going to practise Tai Chi it might be a good idea to do a small amount each day and then you will be able to get the maximum benefit from the exercises. If you are still unsure then there are a large number of resources on the internet and we would recommend more research to make sure it is for you.
This article has been supplied by alternative therapies directory. You can also find more information on our Tai Chi page.