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The Physical And Mental Benefits Of Tai Chi Chuan

A form of Chinese martial art utilized for both its health benefits and defense training, Tai Chi Chuan is made up of a wide variety of modern and traditional training forms and some are particularly renowned for its mental benefits. It is a form of exercise for what most people consider as slow movement. The aspect of Tai Chi that is the most popular and widely used is the Hand Form. This is a set of slow movements one often sees performed in parks in China early in the morning.

Tai Chi Chuan is an ideal exercise technique that nurtures longevity and good health. Steadfast and continuous practice of this ancient art is believed to bring about positive effects on people suffering from chronic illnesses or poor health.

Each posture or movement carries offensive or defensive applications. It is vital to have an understanding of the principle of Yin and Yang, which is at the heart of the system, in order to comprehend these applications. Yin is perceived to be the feminine and soft principle while Yang represents the masculine and hard principle.

Tai Chi exercises can offer the following benefits:

• Tonifies muscles
• Relaxes the body, releases tension
• Prevents illness
• Increases internal and external strength
• Enhances circulation
• Improves breathing
• Increases balance
• Harmonizes mind and body

What clothes should you wear when performing tai chi?

It’s better to wear clothing that won’t restrict your movements. Wearing loose-fitting and comfortable clothing such as a loose t-shirt is recommended. While it may seem that the exercises don’t look like a lot of work due to very slow movements, people may probably work up a sweat, and so wearing too many layers may not be a good idea.

What preventive measures should I take before starting tai chi?

Although tai chi is a gentle enough exercise for practically all people to perform, it may not be appropriate for people with certain conditions such as severe osteoporosis, fractures, sprains, back pain, or arthritis. Pregnant women and people with hernia may need to talk to their physician first before they start performing tai chi. If you’re not sure about the class you’re considering, you can speak with the teacher or watch the class before you start. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the practice.

Regular tai chi practice can improve your balance, flexibility, muscle strength, and aerobic capacity; it can also lower stress levels and boost your health and well-being. Tai Chi Chuan is a martial art that has been practiced for hundreds of years by millions of Chinese. It’s worth a try. You’ve got an awful lot to gain and nothing to lose.

Ni Nan Gilbert is a licensed acupuncturist in Bellmore, NY with certification in Chinese Herbology and over 16 years experience in traditional Chinese medicine.

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