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The health benefits of tai chi

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Original post, published on Harvard Health Publications website

This gentle form of exercise can help maintain strength, flexibility, and balance, and could be the perfect activity for the rest of your life.

Tai chi is often described as “meditation in motion,” but it might well be called “medication in motion.” There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice, which originated in China as a martial art, has value in treating or preventing many health problems. And you can get started even if you aren’t in top shape or the best of health.
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The Healing Power of Tai Chi

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Original post written by Darlene Reid, published on The University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine website.

The ancient Chinese exercise can alleviate symptoms and improve quality of life for people suffering from chronic conditions, including cancer, osteoarthritis, heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. These are the findings of a study published this month by physical therapy professor Darlene Reid in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. By analyzing data of over 1,500 patients with one of these four chronic conditions, Reid and her colleagues found that Tai Chi improved physical capacity and quality of life without causing pain or breathlessness. She spoke with Faculty of Medicine writer Carolyn Morris about her research.

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What is Wushu & Tai Chi?

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Tai Chi or Taiji is an ancient Chinese martial art, which has achieved widespread popularity worldwide. It is a great form of relaxation and exercise for people of all ages and fitness levels. The slow controlled yet powerful movements promote good health, develop strength, build endurance, and bring about total mind/body integration.

The sport of wushu is both an exhibition and a full-contact sport derived from traditional Chinese martial arts.  It was created in the People’s Republic of China after 1949, in an attempt to nationalize the practice of traditional Chinese martial arts.

Ji Hong Wushu & Tai Chi College also offers books and instructional DVDs.

The Ji Hong Taiji System, Evolutionary Theory, Application, Methodology
by Hong-Yuan Luo and Jennifer Gu

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