Although the benefits of doing Tai Chi have been known for centuries in the Orient,they are only recently being discovered here in the West.
Extensive research by The Cochrane Group and Harvard Medical School list many benefits for those who regularly practice Tai Chi.
These include but are not limited to the following:
Decreases risk of heart attack
Lowers blood pressure and increases oxygen levels
Increases body awareness, flexibility and control
Benefits posture and strengthens the legs to improve balance and reduce the risk of falling
Reduces depression and stress
Massages the internal organs to aid digestion, respiration and other organ functions
Reduces pain, especially in cases of fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis.
Tai Chi also has the benefit that it can be practiced by anyone anywhere and requires no special equipment or clothing. It can be done alone or in a group, on a mountain top, the beach or indoors.
The Cheng Man-Ch'ing style takes about 10 to 15 minutes to do and classes are currently offered by Oliver Pijoan at the Live Well Studio. Read more about the upcoming class here.