Tai Chi

Tai Chi began as a martial art used in self-defense in ancient China.  Over time the practise became popular for its health benefits as well.  The history of Tai Chi is somewhat uncertain.  One popular account credits its beginnings to Chang San-Feng, a Taoist monk.  He incorporated meditation with 13 exercises named for the movements of animals, for example “white crane spreads its wings.”

Tai Chi is a low-impact mind-body exercise.  As you go through the slow-motion exercises without pausing, you breathe deeply, focusing your attention inwards.  Movements are circular, never forced, and the muscles are relaxed rather than tensed.  Joints are not fully extended or bent. Tai chi is easily adaptive for anyone, from people recovering from injury to those in wheelchairs.

Modern medicine is embracing Tai Chi as an adjunct to standard medical treatment in the prevention and rehabilitation of many conditions. Benefits include improved sleep, improved balance, decreased risk of falls, improved physical condition, muscle strength and flexibility, and improved overall health.   

Tai Chi can be practised individually or in groups.  It is often practised outside in parks and scenic areas.  Wear comfortable clothes and rubber-soled shoes and try one of the many classes available.

Specific Techniques


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