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Tai Chi

Tai Chi strengthens and mobilizes joints and muscles, improving physical fitness and mental relaxation. It is especially suitable as a therapy for all types of conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, back pain, diabetes, to name a few. The movements are slow and gentle, and the level of exertion can be adjusted to suit individual physical limitations. It is considered an internal martial art, however it is increasingly being taught and researched for its effectiveness as a healing modality.

Tai Chi consists of fluid, graceful and circular movements. Breathing is deepened and slowed, aiding visual and mental concentration. The body relaxes, allowing the life force or qi (Chi) energy inside the body to flow unimpeded. These techniques help integrate mind and body into a harmonious inner and outer self. A person living in harmony is more likely to be happy, fulfilled and healthy.

Tai Chi differs from other types of exercise in several respects. The movements are usually circular and never forced, the muscles are relaxed rather than tensed, the joints are not fully extended or bent, and connective tissues are not stretched. Tai Chi can be easily adapted for anyone, from the most fit to people in wheelchairs or those recovering from surgery.

Classes

  • Tai Chi for Health