Tai Chi is a gentle exercise with enormous health benefits and has been part of Chinese culture for centuries. Sometimes described as "meditation in motion," it could well be called "medication in motion" as there is growing evidence in the West that this mind-body practice, which originated in China as a martial art, has great value in treating or preventing many health problems. Of course the health benefits have been known for centuries in China and the great thing is you can get started straightaway, even if you wouldn’t consider yourself fit or in the best of health.
Tai Chi (sometimes written Tai Qi) is a slow-motion exercise that takes you through a series of movements with wonderful names hinting at their ancient source like "white crane spreads its wings"; or martial art moves such as "box both ears". As you move, you breathe deeply and naturally, focusing your attention on the sensation within the movements.
Tai chi differs from other types of exercise in several respects. The movements are usually circular and never forced, the muscles are relaxed rather than tensed, and the joints are not fully extended, bent, stretched or strained. Tai chi can be easily adapted for anyone - from the most fit and able, to those confined to wheelchairs or recovering from surgery.
At the Healthy Life Centre we have Ali Blaikie who is a 3rd Duan Wei instructor of Chen Tai Chi and Qigong, who runs classes on Tuesday evenings and other energy cultivating classes and workshops. He can be contacted directly at www.facebook.com/Breakthroughcombat for bookings and enquiries or through the Centre: firstname.lastname@example.org and
0131 229 0724.
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