Tai chi, also called tai chi chuan, combines deep breathing and relaxation with flowing movements. Originally developed as a martial art in 13th-century China, tai chi is now practised around the world as a health-promoting exercise.
While there’s scope for more rigorous research on tai chi’s health benefits, studies have shown that it can help people aged 65 and over to reduce stress, improve posture, balance and general mobility, and increase muscle strength in the legs.
Tai Chi is a low-impact exercise, which means it won’t put to much pressure on your bones and joints. Most people should be able to do it. It is characterised by slow, graceful, continuous movements that are gentle on the joints and muscles.
At the WOW Clinic we have also introduced Tai Chi Movements for Wellbeing (TMW). This is a specifically developed simple range of moves which promote physical and emotional health and well-being. It combines the essential elements of Tai Chi and Chi Kung allowing you to feel the benefits of these wonderful arts easily, giving you greater confidence, reducing stress and tension, and nourishing you too! You don’t need any special equipment or clothing and the movements can be done either sitting or standing and regular practice aims to improve your flexibility and balance and increase your core strength; whilst cultivating the qi or the life energy within us.