Tai Chi and Qigong

 

Tai Chi and Qigong are recognized in China as, ‘national treasures,’ and have been practiced in one form or another for thousands of years.  Originally, Tai Chi was created as a dynamic style of martial arts.  Although still practiced in this way today, it is more widely recognized as a series of slow moving, highly formalized movements.

 

Qigong has always had its roots in traditional Chinese medicine as a healing modality. The words Qigong can literally be translated as the, ‘cultivation of life-force.'  While different in some respects, Tai Chi and Qigong do share many similarities.  In particular, both Tai Chi and Qigong utilize slow, flowing postures, breath control, deep mental focus, and visualization.  Due to their low impact and gentle nature, Tai Chi and Qigong are ideal for people of all ages, temperaments, and health backgrounds.

 

 

Health Benefits associated with Tai Chi/Qigong

 

Physical

  • Increase stamina and vitality

  • Enhance the immune system

  • Lower and upper body strengthening

  • Increase flexibility

  • Improve balance and core strength

  • Alleviate aches and pain

  • Joint strengthening

  • Increase circulation

 

Mental and Emotional

  • Improved sense of well-being

  • Reduction anxiety and stress

  • Improved concentration

  • Reduction in negative thoughts

  • Greater self awareness

  • Improvement in sleep quality

 

The practice of Tai Chi and Qigong as adjuct therapy equips patients with alternative ways of managing anxiety and stress, provide a means of achieving relaxation. 

 

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