Tai chi is meditation in motion, characterized by slow, soft, flowing movements. These movements emphisise gentleness and energy rather than force and strength within the body.
Muscles become toned and stretched but not tense. Bones become thicker, stronger and heavier. Tissues become soft, supple and loose. Blood flows through the major organs more regularly.
This allows “chi” to build in the belly, thus increasing strength, vitality and improved health and fitness.
Tai chi slows down the ageing process by replenishing blood flow and carrying oxygen to the body through the meridians.
In Chinese philosophy, a person becomes ill when the flow of “chi” is blocked. The regular practice of tai chi can release that blockage with a similar result as that of acupuncture treatment.
This program provides you with the same euphoria of a long run, the cardiovascular benefit of moderate impact aerobics and burns as many calories as a downhill ski.
Tai chi is also an effective form of martial arts. After learning the basic principles, students can learn the applications to be used in self defense. Tai chi practitioners that are highly skilled and controlled can deliver a deadly blow to any attacker. It is therefore, an important skill to acquire not only for health and relaxation but for your own self defence.