What is it?

T’ai chi ch’uan or tàijíquán is an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner, accompanied by deep breathing.  The movements are intended to return both body and mind to their original nature.

Getting started with Tai Chi @ Regional Physio

Our Tai Chi Classes can be attended by anyone, however if you would like to ‘kick start’ your practice, it is highly recommended to book in for some 1-on-1 introductory practice sessions with our Tai Chi Physiotherapist.  These may be rebatable on your Private Health Insurance.

More info can be found on our Health Plus page

Health Benefits

Improved Circulation – Better Balance – Flexibility – Reduced Stress

The fast-paced yet sedentary nature of modern life often results in stress and lack of sufficient physical activity. Many thousands of individuals have found the movements of tai chi to be an effective way to counteract these pressures and to cultivate health.

The health benefits include:

  • favicon improved circulation
  • favicon improved balance and posture
  • favicon increased strength and flexibility
  • favicon reduced stress.

With regular practice, tai chi reaches deep inside the body to benefit the entire physiology including the tendons, joints, spine, connective tissue and internal organs. It restores the calmness and peace of mind that is often lost through the stress and anxieties of daily life.

Although not a substitute for proper medical treatment, tai chi can help to improve the health and quality of life for people dealing health conditions such as poor circulation, high blood pressure, arthritis, back pain, joint immobility, respiratory problems, diabetes, migraine, digestive disorders, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease and many others.

Information from the Taoist Tai Chi Society of Australia – for more info, please click the following link: http://www.taoist.org.au/

More Benefits

There are a multitude of other benefits of practising tai chi that include:

  • favicon Body support
  • favicon Massage internal organs
  • favicon Stretches the body
  • favicon Reduces pain
  • favicon Helps recovery from injury
  • favicon Fosters emotional and mental relaxation

More details can be found here:

http://www.energyarts.com/benefits-learning-tai-chi

Research supporting the many health benefits

Many comprehensive studies have shown the wide ranging health benefits of Tai Chi.

One study showed the following:

  • favicon improvement in bone density
  • favicon significant reduction in blood pressure
  • favicon reduced heart rate
  • favicon improved bio-markers of heart health
  • favicon marked reduction in waist circumference
  • favicon improved physical function (capacity for daily living in older adults)
  • favicon improved strength & flexibility
  • favicon reduced fall rates
  • favicon significant improvement in balance
  • favicon significant improvement in self efficacy & quality of life
  • favicon depression improved

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