Tai Chi is an art of releasing stress and strengthening the body, using slow focused movements and breathing techniques. Each move that Tai Chi offers is an exercise in balance, coordination, physical control and regulation of breathing. This art was formally practiced for self defense but has now evolved into a great way to reduce stress and strengthen the body and mind. It is also used to treat many health conditions and bodily ailments.
What is Tai Chi?
Tai Chi, or Tai Chi Chuan, is a non-competitive, self-paced series of movements that flow from one to the next ensuring the body stays in constant motion. There are many different forms of Tai Chi, each with its own variation of movements and technique. Some focus on health maintenance and others focus on the martial arts aspect of Tai Chi.
Practicing Tai Chi
Because Tai Chi is a low impact form of exercise, is is great for all age groups, especially older adult with joint and muscle problems. It is a very inexpensive exercise method that requires no special equipment and can be done alone, in a group, indoors or outdoors. Although Tai Chi is generally safe, people with serious conditions and health problems should consult a doctor before practicing Tai Chi. The last thing we want is to see you get hurt as some of the advance Tai Chi poses can be difficult for some.
Tai Chi Classes
Mike at Whole Health Acupuncture offers Tai Chi classes on Tuesday nights at 8:15pm and Saturday mornings at 9am. It is only $10 per class and the only requirements are to wear flat soled shoes and loose fitting clothes. We would love it if you came by one Saturday and tried it out. We can assure you that Tai Chi is a great form of exercise and stress relief, and that most people want to keep coming back after only attending one class. If you don’t believe me, give it a shot. What do you have to lose?