Yourwellness Magazine Explores Tai Chi Techniques

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With the recommencement of Tai Chi for Arthritis classes in Clarksville, Yourwellness Magazine took a closer look at the basic techniques of Tai Chi.

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From October 15th, the Crow Community Centre in Clarksville, Tennessee, will resume sessions of Tai Chi for Arthritis, Clarksville online reported October 7th. According to the article, “Clarksville Parks and Recreation announces Tai Chi for Arthritis programme to resume at Crow Community Centre,” the programme – instructed by Stuart Bonnington, who is certified by the Arthritis Foundation – will be open to adults of any age who may be suffering from arthritis. The article noted the views of the Arthritis Foundation, which says that Tai Chi is an ancient practice proven to reduce pain and improve mental and physical wellbeing. (http://www.clarksvilleonline.com/2013/10/07/clarksville-parks-recreation-announces-tai-chi-arthritis-program-resume-crow-community-center/)

With this in mind, Yourwellness Magazine felt compelled to look at the health benefits and techniques of Tai Chi. Yourwellness Magazine explained, “Tai Chi is a form of martial arts which originated in ancient China. This traditional exercise follows structured disciplines which are performed for their many health benefits. To the untrained eye, Tai Chi looks like a slow motion form of karate which has a graceful quality. In fact, it may be surprising to many people that such a routine could be described as an exercise. However…this ancient practice provides a range of health benefits including improved cardiovascular health, lower blood pressure, increased muscle strength, better balance and relief from stress, depression and chronic pain.” (http://www.yourwellness.com/2012/12/tai-chi-promotes-a-healthier-lifestyle/)

Yourwellness Magazine outlined the basic techniques used in Tai Chi:

1. The Form. This sequence of six to over 100 movements is basis of Tai Chi. These include slow circular motions such as turning the waist from left to right or rotating the arms in elegant arcs around the body.

2. Strength Training. This important part of Tai Chi is performed in a low stance, almost like a leg squat – this provides a powerful workout with minimal impact to joints.

3. Deep Breathing Techniques. Breathing correctly reduces stress in a way akin to meditative techniques, and relieves muscle tension.

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