Is Tai Chi Qigong Right For Me?
The only worthwhile form of exercise is one you actually enjoy. To reap the benefits of any sport or exercise you have to be happy to practise on a regular basis. Unfortunately the old adage of “No Pain No Gain” is often what deters us.
This is where Tai Chi Qigong can really help – the focus is on soft, flowing movements, posture, breathing, on learning to release tension from the body and to calm the mind.
Despite appearances tai chi and qigong are more challenging than they appear and it takes practice to do them effectively. Muscles are stretched, balance and coordination are tested and joints are strengthened through weight shifting – however, because the movements are slow and controlled many people are not aware of the effort. Most participants can benefit simply by learning to breathe more efficiently
If you are new to exercise then Tai Chi Qigong is a great option to get you started – gently mobilising and strengthening the body.
It is also deeply relaxing and has an appeal across all age groups as an effective way to calm the mind and to reduce stress.
Age is not a barrier, nor state of health as the exercises are adaptable and most can be performed seated.
Advice & Research on the Benefits of Tai Chi & Qigong
Tai Chi and Qigong have evolved over thousands of years. They are widely accepted within China as beneficial for a range of medical conditions. Research to Western medical standards is still on-going, but a number of studies in relation to specific health conditions have appeared to confirm the benefits. Some of these are listed below:
Tai Chi has similar or greater benefits than aerobic exercise for sufferers of fibromyalgia, study shows: https://nccih.nih.gov/research/results/spotlight/TaiChi-Fibromyalgia
Could Tai Chi offer the same benefits as more vigorous exercise? Research Document plus BBC article.
It may assist in rehabilitating patients who have suffered a heart attack: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26027624
NHS advice on tai chi: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/guide-to-tai-chi/
High blood pressure: https://nccih.nih.gov/research/results/spotlight/042511.htm
A Comprehensive Review of Health Benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi: http://www.feeltheqi.com/press/press-release/evidencebase-qigong.html
Tai Chi has the potential to improve balance and to reduce the risk of falls in patients suffering from Parkinson’s Disease:
Tai Chi and Qigong are beneficial for the overs 50s: https://www.gransnet.com/health/tai-chi-for-over-50s