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What is Tai Chi
Most people are vaguely familiar with the concept of tai chi. Gently flowing and carefully choreographed movements that resemble a very slow-moving martial art. Tai Chi very roughly translates as shadow boxing. The aim of Tai Chi is to move with subtlety and grace in order to express the natural flow of Qi (energy) in the body in order to promote health. Tai Chi both requires and cultivates patience. In order to make the movements flow seamlessly it requires long hours of training and repetition.
Tai Chi is one of the ‘soft’ martial arts developed by the ancient Chinese. It is practised increasingly in the West as a means of stress management and exercise.
What are the benefits of Tai Chi?
Tai Chi is the outward expression of Qi. Through the specially choreographed movements we encourage the Qi to flow through muscle, bone and joints, releasing stagnation and promoting health. Tai Chi is like a form of meditative movement and mindfulness. We focus on subtle conscious awareness and intention on the flow of Qi, we co-ordinate our breath and we let go of all distractions, surrendering to the moment and profound sense of peace within. Central to Tai Chi is ‘the belief in the life essence’, or Qi (pronounced ‘chee’), that flows through invisible channels or meridians in the body.
When the flow of Qi is disrupted, illness is the result. The regular practice of Tai Chi is said to strengthen and improve Qi.
According to research, Tai Chi can be an effective healing tool for a range of disorders, particularly chronic (for example, arthritis and heart disease) and stress related conditions.
I am currently offering Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Meditation training via private tuition. Please call to arrange a session.