What is it?
T’ai chi ch’uan or tàijíquán is an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner, accompanied by deep breathing. The movements are intended to return both body and mind to their original nature.
Getting started with Tai Chi @ Regional Physio
Our Tai Chi Classes can be attended by anyone, however if you would like to ‘kick start’ your practice, it is highly recommended to book in for some 1-on-1 introductory practice sessions with our Tai Chi Physiotherapist. These may be rebatable on your Private Health Insurance.
More info can be found on our Health Plus page
Improved Circulation – Better Balance – Flexibility – Reduced Stress
The fast-paced yet sedentary nature of modern life often results in stress and lack of sufficient physical activity. Many thousands of individuals have found the movements of tai chi to be an effective way to counteract these pressures and to cultivate health.
The health benefits include:
- improved circulation
- improved balance and posture
- increased strength and flexibility
- reduced stress.
With regular practice, tai chi reaches deep inside the body to benefit the entire physiology including the tendons, joints, spine, connective tissue and internal organs. It restores the calmness and peace of mind that is often lost through the stress and anxieties of daily life.
Although not a substitute for proper medical treatment, tai chi can help to improve the health and quality of life for people dealing health conditions such as poor circulation, high blood pressure, arthritis, back pain, joint immobility, respiratory problems, diabetes, migraine, digestive disorders, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease and many others.
Information from the Taoist Tai Chi Society of Australia – for more info, please click the following link: http://www.taoist.org.au/
There are a multitude of other benefits of practising tai chi that include:
- Body support
- Massage internal organs
- Stretches the body
- Reduces pain
- Helps recovery from injury
- Fosters emotional and mental relaxation
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Research supporting the many health benefits
Many comprehensive studies have shown the wide ranging health benefits of Tai Chi.
One study showed the following:
- improvement in bone density
- significant reduction in blood pressure
- reduced heart rate
- improved bio-markers of heart health
- marked reduction in waist circumference
- improved physical function (capacity for daily living in older adults)
- improved strength & flexibility
- reduced fall rates
- significant improvement in balance
- significant improvement in self efficacy & quality of life
- depression improved
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