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Transcript of Tai Chi
Ch'uan What is Tai Chi? A Chinese Martial Art Form Also Known as Tai Chi is a slow-motion, moving meditative exercise for relaxation, health and self-defense. Belief System: 2 Components
Chen, Yang, Hao, Wu and Sun are the 5 major styles of Tai Chi. The earliest of these styles is Chen which was created in 1580; and like the others it is named for the family who created it.
an energy force thought to flow through the body; tai chi is said to unblock and encourage the proper flow of qi.
Yin and Yang
opposing elements thought to make up the universe that need to be kept in harmony. Tai chi is said to promote this balance. Basic Concepts: Slow Movements
Motion Starts in the Spine
Power Starts in the Feet
Synchronize Breathing With Movements
Keep Knees Slightly Bent Benefits: Muscle Strength
Reduces Stress and Anxiety
Lowers Blood Pressure
Enhances Immune Function Mind & Body Principles Mindfulness
Active Relaxation Evidence 2006 Japanese and Stanford Studies
39 women and men, average age 66, with below-average fitness and at least one cardiovascular risk factor. After taking 36 tai chi classes in 12 weeks
Women had a significant boost in lower and upper body flexibility and strength.
When combined with brisk walking increases in aerobic abilities
Proprioception — the ability to sense the position of one's body in space....Tai Chi helps train this sense to help retain balance in old age.
Equipment? All you need is your MIND and BODY! Who Benefits? Everyone!
Low Bone Density
Blood Pessure Works Cited Local Resources IU T'ai Chi Chuan Club: Sifu Charles Pearce and Maeleine Gonin
Bloomington Tai Chi Club: Elisa K Pokral 812-331-0636
Indiana Tai Chi Aademy: Cheng Zhao 812-877-6328 In a review of 40 studies that examined the mental and physical benefits of Tai Chi, researchers from Tufts University found that martial art does have significant benefits for mind-body-spirit connection. The review revealed that those who regularly practived Tai Chi had lower levels of stress and anxiety, were happier and had higher self esteen than control patients. According to a University of Maryland Medical Center study Tai Chi is able to achieve stress relief because it involves movement, meditation and deep breathing. At Georgia State University in 2004 a group of researchers found that Tai Chi had positive effects on the the mental health of students and suggested that colleges and universities implement it into their physical health progams. Practicing Tai Chi May Promote Personal Growth. (n.d.). Healing Society. Retrieved December 5, 2011, from www.healingsociety.org/2011/04/15/practicing-tai-chi-may-promote-personal-growth/
Tai Chi Health with Tricia Yu | What is Tai Chi, Yang Style Tai Chi. (n.d.). Tai Chi Health with Tricia Yu | Tai Chi Fundamentals, ROM Dance, Classes, Seminars all things Tai Chi, Yang Style Tai Chi. Retrieved December 5, 2011, from http://www.taichihealth.com/taichi.html#mind
Tai Chi Health with Tricia Yu | What is Tai Chi, Yang Style Tai Chi. (n.d.). Tai Chi Health with Tricia Yu | Tai Chi Fundamentals, ROM Dance, Classes, Seminars all things Tai Chi, Yang Style Tai Chi. Retrieved December 5, 2011, from http://www.taichihealth.com/taichi.html
The Health Benefits of Tai Chi - Harvard Health Publications. Health Information and Medical Information - Harvard Health Publications. Retrieved December 5, 2011, from http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/Harvard_Womens_Health_Watch/2009/May/The-health-benefits-of-tai-chi
Dalusung-Angosta, A. (2011). The impact of Tai Chi exercise on coronary heart disease: A systematic review. Journal Of The American Academy Of Nurse Practitioners, 23(7), 376-381. doi:10.1111/j.1745-7599.2011.00597.x