If there were one activity you could do that would improve overall strength, increase flexibility, improve balance, lead to clearer and calmer thinking, and greater creativity would you do it?
There is one such activity and it has actually been called "medication in motion" by the Harvard Women's Health Watch.
"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."
That's right! Even if you are not in the best shape or condition, anyone can do it.
QiGong is often called "beginner" Tai Chi. QiGong literally means "energy work." The real benefits of QiGong cannot be truly appreciated until experienced first hand.
Watch the video below for a basic introduction to QiGong and Tai Chi. QiGong training and practice videos are available online to all members. Become a member and get immediate access to these videos and much more. Click the Login/Sign-up button at the top of the page to gain access.
An Introduction to QiGong & Tai Chi
The following video is provided by the National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). This video is intended for informational and education purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for medical expertise or advice from your primary health care provider. Any decisions about alternative therapies, exercise or diet should be discussed with your primary care provider first. QiGong & Tai Chi are generally considered safe and effective self-care modalities that promote general health & well-being. The mention of any product, service, or therapy in this video is not an endorsement by NCCAM, the Federal Government nor XinWellness or any of its employees or representatives.
Benefits from the Regular Practice of QiGong
A Greater Sense of Calmness and Well-Being
Increased Muscle Strength
“Although you aren’t working with weights or resistance bands, the unsupported arm exercise involved in tai chi strengthens your upper body,” says internist Dr. Gloria Yeh, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. “Tai chi strengthens both the lower and upper extremities and also the core muscles of the back and abdomen.”