Medical Benefits of Tai Chi Articles

Following are some article summaries from both popular and professional journals and magazines that explore the medical effects of T'ai Chi practice. They cover the gamut of benefits from blood pressure and arthritis reduction to sports visualization and gestalt therapy. General Benefits T'ai Chi teaches inner strength while toning muscles, increasing flexibility, and boosting immune power. It is also said to reduce stress, store up energy, increase body awareness, and improve balance and...

What is Qigong

Qigong, literally skill in working with your energy, actually predates T'ai Chi by thousands of years. It is, unlike the martially oriented T'ai Chi, a purely healing exercise. When you perform Strum the Lute in T'ai Chi, you are visualizing the destruction of your opponent's shoulder. When you do the same movement as a Qigong exercise, you can visualize the Qi flow coming down your arm, healing your arthritis. Qigong is a series of exercises designed to loosen the joints promote deep, relaxed...

Miscellaneous Seated Tai Chi Exercises

Begin by holding an imaginary ball in front of your body at chest level, left hand on top palm down , right hand on the bottom palm up . Extend your right hand palm up in front of you as you drop the left hand and extend it down and behind you, palm down. As you stretch the right hand forward and the left hand backward, stretch the upper body forward and turn it slightly to the right so that you face the direction that the right hand is stretching toward. Turn the upper body back to a vertical,...

Precautions

The exercises contained and taught in this book are designed to be easy to learn for the general population, but there can be times when a particular movement causes undue pain or discomfort. When this happens, STOP. Don't keep pressing on in hopes that the pain will subside, or because you have to tough it out. T'ai Chi and Qigong are exercises that are supposed to be relaxing while being energetically stimulating. Students often comment on how much more alive they feel after their practice....