tai chi

Tai Chi: An Ancient Martial Art with Awesome Health Benefits

August 28, 2017

Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art, traditionally practiced as a form of self-defense. Today, the tradition has been carried on for its excellent health benefits for both mind and body. The practice is often referred to as “meditation in motion” for its slow, fluid movements and mindful nature, but Harvard Women’s Health Watch says the practice may well be called “medication in motion” because of its ability to prevent and treat many chronic health issues. Low impact, safe and relaxing, Tai Chi is ideal for all ages and fitness levels! Here are just a few of the amazing health benefits from the practice:

1. Increased levels of happiness, relaxation and mindfulness. Due to its slow, graceful movements, the practice is excellent for improving your ability to focus and live in the moment. If you suffer from stress, anxiety or depression, you may find the practice helps to reduce symptoms and increase energy levels.

2. Improved balance, agility and posture. Tai Chi places a large emphasis on proper form, strong, precise movements and stabilization. As you practice, you may find everyday activities like carrying groceries and going upstairs much more manageable.

3. Increased flexibility and muscle tone. The ancient martial art will help to gently condition your entire body, increasing upper and lower body strength as well as joint mobility. According to an article on Harvard Women’s Health Watch, Tai Chi movements are appropriate for everyone:

“The movements are usually circular and never forced, the muscles are relaxed rather than tensed, the joints are not fully extended or bent, and connective tissues are not stretched. Tai chi can be easily adapted for anyone, from the most fit to people confined to wheelchairs or recovering from surgery.”

If you’ve never practiced Tai Chi before, come to Jonathan’s Saturday morning class at 9am! Have you ever tried Tai Chi? We’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments below!