What is Tai Chi?

Tai Chi is a highly effective health and wellness practice that was born in China over 800 years ago.  From the beginning it was a study in depth and contrast.  It is both a practice for the promotion of health and healing and a highly effective Martial Art with a long and storied history.

Tai Chi’s movements are smooth, slow, flowing, and gentle.  They massage and nurture from the inside out.  Its mental focus is unique—not hard and brittle nor soft and sloppy—but rather firm, strong and gentle. Tai Chi provides both depth and immediacy. A student can gain value from a single seminar or begin a lifetime practice that will grow in depth with the decades.

Moving from the poetic to the practical, Western Medicine has proven Tai Chi’s effectiveness in the realm of health and wellness again and again over the last 30 years. There are dozens of  reputable Western medical studies showing Tai Chi’s effectiveness against health problems as varied as neuropathy, hypertension, chronic pain, arthritis, ADD, ADHD, obesity, fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s, balance problems and mobility issues. If you google it, you will find that hospitals are even beginning to offer Tai Chi to post-op Cancer and Heart patients to assist in their recovery.

This is not to suggest that Tai Chi is the solution to all problems, but it can and does bring very measurable benefits to those in healing and recovery. For more information search the Harvard Health Publications or the National Institute of Health website.

Moving from physical challenges to optimal performance, Tai Chi is used by professionals in nearly sport you can imagine: tennis, football, gymnastics, skating, baseball, weightlifting and dressage. Tai Chi’s combination of smooth mindful movement, balanced controlled breathing and meditative but intense focus is the definition of the athlete in that special moment of “flow.”

There is no perfect and there is no universal panacea, but Tai Chi is utterly unique in its depth and in the value offered to its practitioner.

Wayne Key
Tai Chi Fitness and Renewal

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