Nourishing Life - The Daoist Path to Health
TaiJi has become well recognised across the world for its wide ranging health benefits. These include enhanced balance, coordination and flexibility. Here in the UK the Health Service now provides Tai Chi classes for the elderly and others at risk of falls.
Due to the emphasis on deep relaxed respiration TaiJi has proven capable of improving the breathing of asthmatics and of course its most famous attribute, the reduction of stress and its symptoms.
TaiJi has been and continues to be subject to extensive research into its benefits. Learning TaiJi for health involves learning a sequence of movements, usually known variously as "the form", "the hand form" or "TaiJi Form".
The traditional form consists of anything up to 118 postures and can take over 35 minutes to perform. This traditional form is, when time and space allows the most effective method of practice. However it has to be recognised that many people don't have the time to learn or practise the long form. To address this problem I teach individual postures that can be built into short a number of sequences of TaiJi, these can be practised by themselves or used as a basis to learn the long form at a later date.
TaiJi is a is a low impact activity that is accessible to individuals with a wide range of physical abilities and of any age, making it an ideal activity for Health Clubs. Because the movements are slow and controlled they assist in rehabilitation from injury and the prolonged use of single weighted stances has ben shown to enhance bone density thus reducing the risk of osteoporosis. Done properly it should also exercise the mind, helping to develop focus and memory.