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