In the last decade, New Yorkers have been introduced to many beneficial Eastern health practices. One of the most well known of these practices is the Chinese Martial Art of Tai Chi. Many have discovered the incredible benefits of Tai Chi for wellness and self care, and have found it to be a great way to exercise, stretch, de-stress, and to experience better health.
Tai Chi is a simple routine of flowing physical movements through a series of body postures, like a physical meditation. As one moves through the routine, she engages in deep abdominal breathing that coordinates with the movement sequence. This method of breathing is another stem of Chinese medicine, called Qi Gong.
One of the great things about Tai Chi is that anyone can do it. The gentle, low impact routines are suitable for all age ranges and fitness levels. Tai Chi is also inexpensive. The only equipment needed to practice Tai Chi is loose-fitting clothing, and flat-soled shoes to feel grounded while exercising.
There are many potential benefits to practicing Tai Chi. The Mayo Clinic endorses Tai Chi as an effective method of stress management. In addition to stress management, Tai Chi has been shown to:
- Improve concentration & mental clarity
- Support cardiovascular health & regulate blood pressure
- Increase balance and flexibility & coordination
- Reduce anxiety and depression
- Improve sleep
- Slow bone loss
- Relieve chronic pain
- Increase energy and stamina
By encouraging the body to circulate breath, blood, lymph and energy, Tai Chi is an excellent pathway to improved longevity and health.
General wellness, self-care, keeping a healthy diet and other practices can complement any treatment plan support a person’s health. Acupuncture, herbs and a treatment plan designed specifically for each patient can be a benefit to optimal health and well-being.