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12 Benefits of Tai Chi for Seniors

Jun 08, 2016 02:38PM ● By Erin Frisch
What is Tai Chi?

Tai Chi is a type of martial art very well known for its defense techniques and health benefits. The martial art has evolved over the years into an effective means of alleviating stress and anxiety. It has been considered to be a form of 'meditation in motion' which promotes serenity and inner peace. It had many health benefits for longer life, flexibility, and mental sharpness.

Tai chi is often described as “meditation in motion,” but it might well be called “medication in motion.” This practice sets the mind and physical body to be working together as one. Originating in China it has been adapted all over the world for any strength level or physical ability. Whether you are an avid follower or a beginning looking to start this practice here is a little information to get you started.

Belief System of Tai Chi

  Qi — an energy force thought to flow through the body; tai chi is said to unblock and encourage the proper flow of qi.

 Yin and yang — opposing elements thought to make up the universe that need to be kept in harmony. Tai chi is said to promote this balance.

4 Improvements from Practicing Tai Chi

  1. Movement
  2. Flexibility
  3. Balance
  4. Strength

Here are 12 benefits of Tai Chi for Seniors:

  1. Relieves physical affects of stress
  2. Promotes deep breathing
  3. Reduces bone loss in menopausal women
  4. Improves lower body and leg strength
  5. Helps with arthritis pain
  6. Reduces blood pressure
  7. Requires mind and body integration through mental imagery
  8. Accumulates energy by releasing endorphin's rather than depleting it
  9. Enhances mental capacity and concentration
  10. Improves balance and stability by strengthening ankles and knees
  11. Promotes faster recovery from strokes and heart attacks
  12. Improves conditions of Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, and Parkinson’s

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