Yes it does seem as if Tai Chi is everywhere these days.  Consider the following:

This spring Harvard Medical School published the Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi: 12 weeks to a Healthy Body, Strong Heart, and Sharp Mind by Peter Wayne.  With cutting edge research, this book supports the long standing claims that have been made for tai chi as an effective self help tool for keeping practitioners healthy.  This book explains the underlying physiological mechanisms of how tai chi actually works.

The June 2013 Tufts University newsletter  carried an article titled, “Should you try Tai Chi?” This short piece cites studies done that showed that tai chi practitioners tended to have better physical function and health-related quality of life, with lower depression.  Another study done in 2008 by Tufts researchers found “promising results” for tai chi’s effectiveness in alleviating rheumatoid arthritis.

For those of us “addicted” to the practice of tai chi, this kind of research simply verifies what we already feel in our bodies–a wonderful sense of energy and well being, improved balance and strength, and a richer sense of ourselves.  The Health Forms of Dr. Paul Lam are an excellent starting point for anyone wanting to explore tai chi because they are easy to learn and remember, have well trained instructors who use Dr. Lam’s Stepwise Progressive Method of teaching, as well excellent support materials which allow the student to practice at home.  I believe it is also worth adding here that Dr. Lam’s Tai Chi for Arthritis Beginner’s form  has been thoroughly researched and its results impressive enough that it now carries the approval of the Arthritis Foundation as safe and effective for those with muscle and joint issues and has recently been approved by the CDC in the U.S. as “effective as part of a falls prevention program.”

So what are you waiting for?  You can contact me at Info@taichiflowing.com to locate classes that will give you an opportunity to explore the health benefits (and the fun) that can come with learning tai chi.

Categories Tai Chi | Tags: | Posted on August 28, 2013

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