Tai Chi, the ancient Chinese Martial Art, combines deep breathing and relaxation techniques with slow and gentle movements while maintaining good postures. Recognized for centuries as an effective therapy for arthritis, we now know that it may also improve the range of motion for people with rheumatoid arthritis. Tai Chi Practitioners living with Rheumatoid Arthritis report higher levels of participation in and enjoyment of Tai Chi as exercise compared with those who participated in traditional exercise.
Rooted in Chinese Medicine, Chi, or Qi, is the life energy thought to sustain health and quiet the mind– so it is no coincidence that one of the most significant benefits of Tai Chi is stress reduction. It is amazing how peaceful we can feel when we can find some stillness in our thoughts!
And the list goes on! Tai Chi also is known to improve strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination. Classes are generally suited for most levels of practitioner. Even those with knee or hip injuries, are overweight, or starting a new workout regimen will find Tai Chi accessible. Seniors can especially benefit from Tai Chi. As we age, our lack of balance and coordination often become new challenges to live with– but thanks to Tai Chi, seniors are less likely to fall thanks to increased awareness as well as improved balance.