HEALTH BENEFITS OF TAI CHI
As a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine, tai chi can have incredible healing power. When taught by an experienced instructor that has a full understanding of the art, it can help prevent or challenge almost any health issue, whether it's physical, mental, or emotional.
We function as humans with many different systems in our bodies that are connected and rely on each other to work. Through addressing these various systems and our bodies as a whole, the natural therapeutic value of traditional tai chi promotes equilibrium and improves overall health and well-being.
There have been hundreds of scientific studies on the effects of tai chi and the published results are overwhelmingly positive.
+ BRAIN VOLUME
+ RANGE OF MOTION
+ MUSCLE ENDURANCE
+ LUNG CAPACITY
- JOINT PAIN
- MUSCLE TENSION
- BLOOD PRESSURE
- BONE LOSS
- MEMORY LOSS
- POOR CIRCULATION
- BODY FAT
+ DIGESTIVE FUNCTION
+ HEART HEALTH
+ BRAIN FUNCTION
+ HORMONE LEVELS
+ BODY COMPOSITION
+ DECISION MAKING
Tai chi has a considerable impact when it comes to helping participants manage life's many distractions and worries. It's meditative and calming nature relaxes the central nervous system allowing for better relaxation of the whole body. Tai chi calms the mind and teaches patience in a world where we are becoming increasingly prone to digital over-stimulation and instant-gratification.
FOSTER EMOTIONAL HEALTH
Practicing tai chi can significantly improve one's emotional state and help eliminate anxiety. Through visualization and mindfulness techniques, participants can release emotional tension and develop a more positive attitude. Studies have shown that tai chi can fight depression and improve overall quality of life by addressing self-efficacy, motivation, self-confidence, and overall attitude.
With tai chi, we learn to be less judgemental and more accepting of life and it's challenges which makes the concept of happiness much more attainable. It helps us understand that while we might not be able to control everything that happens to us in life, we can control how we experience it.
Tai chi has great value when it comes to the prevention and management of many health issues. It can improve all physiological functions throughout the body by creating balance between it's organs and major systems.
There is documented evidence that supports tai chi as an effective practice for helping with several conditions including cancer, heart disease, Parkinson's, arthritis, hypertension, digestive disorders, depression, dementia, fibromyalgia, Alzheimer's and more.
ACHIEVE SPIRITUAL FULFILLMENT
Developing a spiritual balance can teach us to live in the present and influences how we perceive and experience our lives, who we are, and the world around us. Practicing tai chi will help with this balance by teaching you to manage your ego, balance your inner-dialogue and develop a deeper connection with yourself. This can help you become a more positive, humble, and fulfilled individual. Being content with who you are and ultimately being happy can only come from within.
"He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still." - Lao Tzu
Participants can experience improvement in almost every area of brain function, from increased creativity and focus to better decision-making and improved memory. Studies have even concluded that the meditation component of tai chi can lead to increased volume and activity in the brain.
Every precise posture involved in tai chi follows fundamental biomechanical principles allowing participants to benefit physically with minimal impact to the joints and little strain on the soft tissue. This therapeutic movement can help increase the functional capacity and decrease the potential of injury for any individual through improved strength, flexibility, agility, balance, range of motion, and overall motor control.
RELIEVE CHRONIC PAIN
Tai chi has proven effective in managing and resolving many forms of chronic pain. It's low impact movements promote a healthy range of motion and help to mobilize joints, ligaments, and muscles throughout the body. Through slow, controlled motion, tai chi improves circulation and helps to rejuvenate muscles that are constantly misused in daily life.
The meditative component of tai chi has even been shown to reduce pain by regulating activity in the pain-processing areas of the brain.
With it's capacity to decrease the physical, emotional, and mental wear that we experience throughout our lives, tai chi has incredible anti-aging effects. From healthier bones and joints and decreased risk of degenerative diseases, to healthier cognitive function and increased energy levels, the many benefits that come with tai chi help to challenge all conditions associated with aging.
On a biochemical level, tai chi has even been shown to improve the self-renewal process of the cells in the body and also decrease the rate at which cells age.
IMPROVE BODY COMPOSITION
Tai chi is an effective form of exercise that can help with weight loss and increased muscle development for participants. Regular practice of tai chi improves overall conditioning of the body as well as a number of systems that contribute to body composition including digestive function and hormone regulation.