Tai Chi combines deep breathing and relaxation with flowing movements it was originally developed in 13th-century China as a martial art. Tai Chi is now practised around the world as a health-promoting exercise.
Tai Chi is commonly performed as a low-impact exercise, it is characterised by its slow, graceful, continuous movements that are gentle on the joints and muscles which means it won’t put much pressure on your body. It is ideal for inactive older people wanting to raise their activity levels gently and gradually.
What are the benefits of Tai Chi
Studies have shown that Tai Chi can help people aged 65 and over to reduce stress, improve posture, balance and general mobility, and increase muscle strength in the legs. Some of the research suggests Tai Chi can reduce the risk of falls among older adults. There is also some evidence that tai chi can improve mobility in the ankles, hips and knees in people with rheumatoid arthritis.
Tai Chi is commonly performed as a low-impact exercise, which means it won’t put much pressure on your bones and joints. It is ideal for inactive older people wanting to raise their activity levels gently and gradually. Also, many of the tai chi movements can be adapted to people with a disability, including wheelchair users.
Are there different styles of Tai Chi?
Yes, such as yang, chen and wu. Some teachers often practise a combination of styles. The main differences between the different tai chi styles are in the speed of movement and the way the body holds the postures.
What’s the basic technique?
Tai chi is characterised by its slow, graceful, continuous movements that are gentle on the joints and muscles. Done correctly, you’ll find that the tai chi poses flow smoothly from one into another. Many movements are completed with bent knees in a squat-like position.
Class: Tai Chi
In 2006 Alex graduated from Teesside University with a BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy degree. She went on to have a carer within the NHS, while working for the NHS Alex attended York st John University and graduated in 2013 with a BHSc (Hons) Physiotherapy degree.
Since then she has worked as an NHS Physiotherapist and also within a private practice.
As well as carrying out a range of Physiotherapy treatments she has a passion for and regularly practises Chi Kung a form of Tai Chi.
This consists of adapted Tai Chi exercises that have been developed using the principles of Tai Chi and are based around Chi Kung.
The exercises aim to improve a person’s health and quality of life.
With regular practice Tai Chi can help to reduce depression and anxiety, improve quality of sleep, improve strength and fitness, reduced high blood pressure and improve balance, coordination, mobility and flexibility.
Chi Kung involves performing movements that help to stimulate the flow of Chi through the body.
It is used to promote relaxation and meditation in motion.
In her spare time Alex enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her young family.
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