What is Tai Chi?
The ancient Chinese practice of Tai Chi appears to be good for you in just about every way. Tai Chi is one branch of Qigong, a series of exercises that harness qi (“chee”) or life force energy. Tai Chi is a 2000 year old, non-competitive, self-paced system of gentle physical movements for exercise and stretching. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring your body is in slow and constant motion. It is sometimes described as “meditation in motion”. Tai Chi has many different styles. Each style has it’s own subtle variations and purposes. The Tai Chi classes we offer at Synergy are the only Tai Chi movement sequences approved by the Arthritis Foundation.
Researchers aren’t exactly sure how, but studies show Tai Chi improving the quality of life for numerous diseases and ailments including breast cancer patients, and those who suffer with Parkinson’s, sleep problems, pain, arthritis, heart problems, and it appears to help maintain bone density.
Read more about Tai Chi and watch a video in this U.S. News & World Report article.
Read more about Tai Chi on the Mayo Clinic website.
Tai Chi Teacher at Synergy: Betty Lubrecht, Certified Tai Chi for Health Instructor
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