What is Tai Chi?
Often called meditation in motion, Tai Chi has its roots in Chinese martial arts. Over the years, Tai Chi has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that is now used for its health benefits and stress reduction.
The movements are practiced slowly and smoothly. Each movement, or posture, flows into the next ensuring that your body is always in motion. As your body becomes used to the movements, your muscles and mind relax with the continuous motion and patterns.
Tai Chi differs from other types of exercise in several respects:
- Muscles are relaxed rather than tensed.
- The movements are usually circular and never forced.
- Joints are not fully extended or bent.
Benefits of Tai Chi
Tai Chi is easy-to-learn and safe for people of all ages and fitness levels. Benefits of practicing Tai Chi may include:
- Improved balance and agility
- Improved flexibility and range of motion
- Improved posture and alignment
- Increased muscle strength
- Increased energy and stamina
- Reduced stress and anxiety
For those who routinely practice Tai Chi, studies have shown a 70% reduction in reoccurring falls, a 35% reduction in arthritis pain, and an increase in performance of activities of daily living.
The benefits of practicing Tai Chi are greatest if started before developing a chronic illness or functional limitations. Be proactive with your health and start today!
Tai Chi Classes at the TriHealth Fitness & Health Pavilion
Tai Chi classes are included with a membership to the TriHealth Fitness & Health Pavilion. We are currently offering the following Tai Chi classes.
- Tai Chi (All Levels)
Designed to teach you basic moves so you can progress to the Intermediate Tai Chi 2 class. Taught by a certified Arthritis Tai Chi instructor, this enjoyable, easy-to-learn class safely and quickly brings many health benefits. Tai Chi classes are 1.5 hours so that as you advance, you can take the longer class.
- Private Tai Chi lessons are available for a fee.