Tai Ji Quan for Health


Practitioners often report an increase in energy, vitality and a sense of well-being. Concentration improves and brings with it a heightened awareness of themselves and those around them. Tai Ji Quan is becoming a common subject of scientific research. So far, there are published results to demonstrate the exercises help with back and knee problems, improved balance, reduction of falls and hip fractures in the more mature, speedier recovery after illnesses such as heart attacks, reduction of depression, improved circulation and concentration whilst reducing recurrent headaches or migraine.
If you are keen on sports another Tai Chi benefit is that it can assist your training to maximise performance.


Tai Ji Quan Principles & Promoting Health

The principles of Tai Ji Quan are based on those of traditional Chinese medicine. Each movement stimulates the same energy channels which are used by acupuncturists. This may explain the sense of peaceful energy which students often experience after a session of Tai Ji Quan.
A good teacher will emphasise the importance of relaxation, strength and health, especially in the early stages of learning, where balance is a vital element.
As one of the many old Chinese saying goes; "The more a bamboo grows the lower it bows." The combination of flexibility and strength is the mark of a more experienced Tai Ji Quan practitioner as the brittleness and inflexibility of ageing are avoided.

Qigong (Chi Kung)

Qigong is the generic term for systems of cultivating the qi (chi) or life energy. Tai Ji Quan is one form of Qigong. These exercises work internally (Nei Gong) and externally (Wei Gong) to promote health. They involve postures and movements which can be performed while lying, sitting, standing or walking. Initially, Qigong promotes relaxation, flexibility and awareness; eventually control of body and mind is learnt.

Classes

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