… Tai Chi

Briefly put, “Tai Chi is a Chinese exercise system that uses slow, smooth movements to achieve a state of relaxation of both body and mind.” (http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/tai+chi)

Yang Chengfu - Yang-style Tai Chi solo form Single Whip c. 1931

Yang Chengfu – Yang-style Tai Chi solo form Single Whip c. 1931

 

 

 

Tai Chi has a history of hundreds of years in China, although pinpointing the actual origin is difficult. Originally the sets were designed as a martial art, however over the centuries the many health benefits of practicing Tai Chi have meant that since the 20th Century, the sets have increasingly become forms of slow-moving, gentle, non-competitive exercise.

 

 

 

 

Tai Chi is now practiced regularly for it's health benefits

Tai Chi is now practiced regularly for it’s health benefits

Hundreds of medical studies have proven that Tai Chi is beneficial for depression, arthritis, back pain, osteoporosis, diabetes, (and the list goes on) both preventing and improving health conditions. If you are interested in reading further, here are some articles to get you started: