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)
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.
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:
- Easing Ills through Tai Chi. Researchers study the benefits of this mind-body exercise. click here for full article
- The Health Benefits of Tai Chi click here for full article
- Tai Chi: A gentle way to fight stress click here for full article
- Tai Chi for Health Institute: Medical Studies click here for full article