Tai Chi & Qi-Gong
WHAT IS TAICHI
"Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water.
If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup.
You put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle.
You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot.
Now, water can flow or it can crash.
Be water, my friend.”
- Bruce Lee
Tai Chi is a martial art very well known for its defensive techniques and health benefits.
The martial art has evolved over the years into an effective means of alleviating stress and anxiety. It has been considered to be a form of 'meditation in motion' which promotes serenity and inner peace.
There are other health benefits associated with Tai Chi for people suffering from:
Parkinson's disease - a study published in NEJM (New England Journal of Medicine) found that patients with Parkinson's disease who practiced Tai Chi experienced significantly improved walking ability, posture, and fewer falls.
Chronic heart failure - researchers at Harvard Medical School and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston revealed in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine that patients with chronic heart failure experienced a better quality of life and mood if they regularly practice Tai Chi.
Fibromyalgia - people living with fibromyalgia responded well to Tai Chi, according to a study published in the NEJM. They reported relief from joint pains as well as other symptoms.
Diabetes - Tai Chi can improve blood glucose levels and immune system response in patients with type 2 diabetes, according to two studies published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
Depression - a weekly tai chi exercise class with a standard depression treatment for a group of depressed elderly adults could be very effective at treating symptoms of depression, according to a study published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.