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Many people have heard of Tai Chi, but not nearly enough has been said that is accurate.
First of all, Tai Chi is not “for old people.” While it is true that it is more enjoyable to people who can hold their attention span for some time, it was not designed for the elderly. However, its benefits have been proven to be helpful to the elderly.
For example, it has been studied and proven to reduce the rate of degeneration and even enhance calcium deposits in cases of osteomalacia/osteopenia and osteoporosis.
“Our study demonstrated that GTP and TC interventions were effective strategies of reducing the levels of oxidative stress, a putative mechanism for osteoporosis in postmenopausal women, and more importantly, working in an additive manner, which holds the potential as alternative tools to improve bone health in this population.” PMID: 23118932 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE] PMCID: PMC3485260
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“Tai Chi Ch’uan (Tai Chi) is a Chinese traditional mind-body exercise and recently, it becomes popular worldwide. During the practice of Tai Chi, deep diaphragmatic breathing is integrated into body motions to achieve a harmonious balance between body and mind and to facilitate the flow of internal energy (Qi). Participants can choose to perform a complete set of Tai Chi or selected movements according to their needs. Previous research substantiates that Tai Chi has significant benefits to health promotion, and regularly practicing Tai Chi improves aerobic capacity, muscular strength, balance, health-related quality of life, and psychological well-being. Recent studies also prove that Tai Chi is safe and effective for patients with neurological diseases (e.g., stroke, Parkinson’s disease, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, cognitive dysfunction), rheumatological disease (e.g., rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and fibromyalgia), orthopedic diseases (e.g., osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, low-back pain, and musculoskeletal disorder), cardiovascular diseases (e.g., acute myocardial infarction, coronary artery bypass grafting surgery, and heart failure), chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, and breast cancers. Tai Chi is an aerobic exercise with mild-to-moderate intensity and is appropriate for implementation in the community. This paper reviews the existing literature on Tai Chi and introduces its health-promotion effect and the potential clinical applications.PMID: 24159346 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher] PMCID: PMC3789446
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Taijiquan was, of course, originally created as a martial art. It literally means “Grand Ultimate Fist”. The movements use harmonious Qi, meaning alignment and flow, in order to generate power. These alignments come from the Earth up the legs and waist, then the spine and out through the arms and hands. The alignment is called ‘Peng’ (pung), it has the meaning of straightness and taughtness (lit: like a bow string), but potential for power.
As a therapy, the slow movements and methodical approach give a surprising amount of exercise despite being low weight and easy on the joints. Shifu emphasizes learning how to Tai Chi walk first, then how to memorize, then how to breathe. Martial application is all tertiary.
Other Benefits May Include: increased memory, balance, decreased tremor, enhanced sensory function, social outlet, cardiovascular strength, immune enhancement, and more.
If you think you would like to train in Tai Chi, the cost is $250 per quarter (3 months), or $150 for regular patients.
Contact Shifu 619-408-6120 to set up a consultation, He is a 3rd degree Black Belt under Grandmaster Sin Thé
All lessons are private lessons.