Tai Chi/Qi Gong
practice generally combines meditation, relaxation, physical movement and
breathing exercises to restore and maintain balance. Qi gong (CHEE-gung)
is part of traditional Chinese medicine. Qigong practices can be
classified as martial, medical, or spiritual. All styles have three things
in common: they all involve a posture, (whether moving or stationary),
breathing techniques, and mental focus. Some practices increase the Qi;
others circulate it, use it to cleanse and heal the body, store it, or
emit Qi to help heal others. Practices vary from the soft internal styles
such as Tai Chi; to the external, vigorous styles such as Kung Fu.
However, the slow gentle movements of most Qigong forms can be easily
adapted, even for the physically challenged and can be practiced by all
age groups. The gentle, rhythmic movements of Qigong reduce stress, build
stamina, increase vitality, and enhance the immune system. It has also
been found to improve cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic
and digestive functions..
Tai chi: Originally developed for self-defense, Some may focus on health maintenance, while others focus on the martial arts aspect of tai chi. Tai chi has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that's now used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions. Often described as meditation in motion, tai chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements. also called tai chi chuan, is a noncompetitive, self-paced system of gentle physical exercise and stretching. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion helps reduce stress and anxiety. And it also helps increase flexibility and balance, Although tai chi is generally safe, women who are pregnant or people with joint problems, back pain, fractures, severe osteoporosis or a hernia should consult their health care provider before trying tai chi. Modification or avoidance of certain postures may be recommended.
learned correctly and performed regularly, tai chi can be a positive part
of an overall approach to improving your health. The benefits of tai chi
evidence indicates that tai chi also may help:
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