The Benefits of Tai Chi

Taijiquan or Tai Chi Chuan, which it is most commonly known in the West, has its
origin in  
China  with a history dating back thousands of years.

Tai Chi is practised by most people for its remarkable ability to improve health and fitness. That one might achieve optimum health, confidence and calmness through the practice of a martial art seems contradictory, to say the least! However, the practices of Tai Chi are based upon a profound body of principles, theories and techniques.

It is a highly developed system of exercise that trains the whole body and mind naturally, harmonizing the external body with the internal energy. The slow external movements and postures combined with the subtle shifting of weight develop flexibility and extremely good balance as well as stretching and strengthening the muscles, tendons and ligaments. The unique spiralling and twining movements massage the body’s internal organs, as well as circulating the flow of energy (chi) throughout the body. 

Recent medical studies reveal activities such as Tai Chi can help improve blood pressure, increase bone density and leg strength, improve the functioning of the immune system and reduce the risk of injury through falls among both healthy and frail people.

Tai Chi embodies a philosophy that not only promotes health but can also be applied to daily life. It encourages deep, regulated breathing and a calm mind. In today’s hectic and stress-filled world, full of competing demands and over abundant choices, Tai Chi provides a means by which to quieten the mind and relax the body