Tai Chi has become very popular all over the world in the past few years. This practice originated in Emperor’s China. But today millions of people practice it in every part of the world.
Tai Chi is a physical-spiritual practice. But it is also a meditation technique at the same time. It is a martial art but also a way of life. People call it ‘meditation in motion’. Tai Chi has numerous followers because many people in this practice have found many enormous benefits for their physical and mental health.
This martial art actually consists of learning and practicing a series of movements or ‘forms’. You assume certain poses and then move harmoniously into other movements until you have completed a sequence. The shapes have poetic names such as ‘the white crane spreads its wings’ or ‘farewell to the wild horse’s mane’. Tai Chi does a lot for you. We will now discuss some advantages.
1. Tai Chi gives you life energy
Tai Chi is closely associated with the philosophy of Taoism. That is why it speaks of energy as ‘Qi’ or ‘Chi’. It is part of the life energy. According to traditional Chinese medicine, this energy is meant to flow freely through your body and along the right paths. If that doesn’t happen, pain and illness will occur because your Chi is blocked.
The movements in Tai Chi are designed to ensure that the energy flows and releases all blockages. You will feel this first in your muscles, your respiratory system and your circulation. That’s the way it protects your body from disease.
2. Tai Chi calms your mind
We’ve mentioned it before. Tai Chi is also a relaxation technique. The poses are designed to relax tense muscles. It uses breathing techniques that promote a state of calm and calm in you.
Mental balance is one of the goals of Tai Chi. It helps to balance your emotions. And in that way, it helps to make you adopt a more positive attitude towards life. People who do Tai Chi every day are less likely to experience anxiety.
3. Your arms and legs get stronger
All postures in Tai Chi are actually performed standing up. Your joints are the foundation of the full practice of this unique martial art. Your body ends get more oxygen and your muscles get firmer. So your arms and legs will become much stronger. It also prevents you from losing muscle mass. This loss starts to occur more quickly after your fortieth birthday.
4. It promotes the functioning of the respiratory system and cardiovascular system
Any form of exercise is a great way to strengthen your respiratory and cardiovascular system. Tai Chi is no exception. But it has the added benefit of being a gently progressive exercise that combines dynamics and static movement.
Research has shown that your heart rate drops while doing Tai Chi. But circulation increases. The deep breathing will also increase your lung capacity.
5. It helps with migraines, muscle aches and insomnia
Muscle pain is often a result of poor posture or built-up tension. The poses you use in Tai Chi help to improve your posture in your daily life and relax your muscles. The result is that you will suffer less from muscle pain and migraine, among other things.
The emphasis on physical and mental balance makes Tai Chi an ideal form of exercise for anyone with insomnia. It helps you manage your fears so they don’t turn into persistent anxiety and sleep problems.
6. Tai Chi loosens the joints and protects you from falling
We’ve mentioned it before. Your joints play a huge role in Tai Chi. The moves will stretch and loosen your elbows, knees, hips, and your hands. Your joints will become more flexible and stronger.
As your strength increases, the movements change. They also cover a wider area of exercise. Together, these aspects translate into a reduced risk of falls and injuries. Your body becomes stronger and this promotes your balance.
7. It helps your brain work better and lowers blood pressure
It also appears that Tai Chi improves your memory. This is due to the extra oxygen it sends to your brain. In addition, it will improve your concentration and mental acuity. For the order of the movements requires both. Research has even shown that people with high blood pressure notice an improvement when they do Tai Chi.
As you can see, Tai Chi is a form of exercise with enormous potential. No matter how old you are or where you are, you can practice it. We especially recommend it to people who want to start with meditation but are looking for something more dynamic than yoga or other relaxation techniques.