Tai Chi for health aims to harmonise mind, body & spirit, promoting mental & physical well-being through softness & relaxation
Tai Chi Chuan (better known as simply Tai Chi) is an ancient Chinese form of co-ordinated body movements, focusing on the cultivation of internal energy (called Chi). It aims to harmonise mind, body & spirit, promoting mental & physical well-being through softness & relaxation. It is also an effective system of self-defence.
When practised correctly, the Tai Chi movements (the Form) are rhythmical & effortless, forming a continual flow. Unlike most sports and forms of exercise, Tai Chi does not rely on strength or speed, making it ideal for people of both sexes, young & old, healthy or ailing. It is truly a unique art with something to offer everyone.
The health benefits of Tai Chi are well-known, with the principles and concepts behind the slow, relaxed, fluid movements of Tai Chi central to its healing ability. The precise and particular use of muscles, bones and joints serve to enhance tone and strength as well as improve balance, coordination and posture. In addition, the Tai Chi process operates on a much deeper level, working from within as our bodies and each of our organs have elements of Yin and Yang. As both internal and external factors have a bearing on their stability, maintaining the balance of Yin and Yang energies physically, mentally and emotionally are essential to mankind’s well-being.
For further information on the health benefits of Tai Chi, visit the NHS website at: www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/guide-to-tai-chi