Benefits

The immediate result of a Qigong and Tai Chi session is relaxation and centeredness. These arts teach us how to let go of past and future thoughts, allot the time necessary for a task, attend to the action necessary in the immediate moment, and live thoroughly in the present, whether we are practicing the form, driving, cooking, or playing with the baby.

Daily Tai Chi and Qigong practitioners soon notice improvements in balance, coordination and alertness—physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Over time, strength, muscle tone, and flexibility are developed.

When tension evaporates and smooth, balanced, unhurried movement becomes habitual, the result is less muscle fatigue and less chance of strain, falls and injury.

Studies have linked Tai Chi with numerous health benefits including:

  • better balance
  • improved coordination
  • increased muscle strength
  • reduced stress, anxiety and depression
  • relief from arthritis and back pain
  • Hypertension
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Sleep problems
  • Stroke

These arts are “good for whatever ails you” because they promote the body's own healing powers. In group practice, the exchange of energy amplifies the benefits.

The Research

Harvard Medical School and the Mayo Clinic are among the many health institutions that have studied the effects of Tai Chi practice on chronic illness. The Arthritis Foundation recommends Tai Chi for pain relief. Fibromyalgia patients who practiced Tai Chi experienced easing of symptoms in a Tufts Medical Center clinical trial.
⇒ NY Times Health Article

Harvard Medical School: When combined with standard treatment, Tai Chi appears to be helpful for several medical conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Low bone density
  • Breast cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Heart failure
  • Hypertension
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Sleep problems
  • Stroke

The Mayo Clinic: Tai Chi may offer numerous benefits beyond stress reduction, including:

  • Reducing anxiety and depression
  • Improving balance, flexibility and muscle strength
  • Reducing falls in older adults
  • Improving sleep quality
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Improving cardiovascular fitness in older adults
  • Relieving chronic pain
  • Increasing energy, endurance and agility
  • Improving overall feelings of well-being

The websites below present the health benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong plus advice on beginning practice.

Harvard Medical School:
⇒ The Health Benefits of Tai Chi

The Mayo Clinic:
⇒ Tai Chi: A Gentle Way to Fight Stress

Federal Government’s National Institute of Health:
⇒ Tai Chi: An Introduction