Tai Chi has been around for many years. It is believed to have begun in China, but as to the exact date and location it developed is unknown. There are several main theories as to where tai chi originated from. Even though many cannot agree as to where it all began, those that practice tai chi all stand by its healing powers.
According to www.taichiacademy.com, tai chi is“an ancient Chinese system of slowly flowing movements and shifts of balance that strengthens the legs while conditioning the tendons and ligaments of the ankles, knees, and hips, increasing their range of motion and making them more resilient, less prone to injury. The constant weight shifts train balance and body awareness, leading to confident ease of movement within the form and in everyday life.”
Practitioners of tai chi have known for years about its healing and health maintenance capabilities and Western Science is finally providing the results to back up their beliefs. Various studies have shown that tai chi can help reduce blood pressure, relieve stress, improve flexibility and muscle strength, and also help reduce the risk of falls in older adults/improve balance. For a list of current research on tai chi, go to: http://www.williamccchen.com/Medical%20Studies.htm.
If you are looking for something new to add to your health facilities programming, or just interested in improving your own health, consider tai chi. In ways, practicing tai chi is the best bang for your buck, as it helps improve so many facets of your life. Considering how little time you have to devote to yourself; with work, family and friends, being able to improve your strength, flexibility, overall endurance and balance in just 20 minutes a day seems like a pretty good deal. Only it is not “too good to be true”.