Originating in China, this practice has been widely used for thousands of years – standing the test of time as a treatment for many ailments and issues.
Though scientific studies on tai chi are lacking somewhat, the fact that it is still widely in use today even in the Western world indicates that this ancient treatment clearly does the trick for many people.
According to the NHS, a number of studies have revealed that tai chi may help over 65s to reduce stress, improve mobility and balance and could increase muscle strength in the legs.
The practice itself is low-impact and involves slow and gentle weight-bearing activities, aerobics, deep breathing and meditation.
Some individuals also believe that tai chi can stimulate and improve the flow of energy throughout the body, which helps to improve emotional well being as well as physical. Additional benefits are thought to include the following:
- Improvements to strength, coordination, flexibility and conditioning.
- Better balance, meaning a lower risk of falls.
- Improved sleep.
- Pain reduction.
- Relief for stiff joints.
- Heightened awareness and a greater overall sense of well being.
- Some studies have found the practice relieves osteoarthritis and shingles side effects.
For information about additional alternative and complementary therapies which may help healthy ageing, please visit our ‘therapy areas’ section to find out more.
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