Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art practice that pulls the forces of the mind and body together. Through graceful movements, the body integrates the breath and movements into a continuum of energy called “Chi.” These movements can strengthen the body physically and improve flexibility. Studies have shown that Tai Chi can benefit patients with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other movement disorders.
This therapy is low impact and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints. Therefore it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels. Because this is a low-impact exercise, older adults should consider it. This therapy decreases stress, anxiety and depression. In addition it improves aerobic capacity, energy and stamina, and lowers blood pressure. Furthermore, this ancient practice improves flexibility, balance, agility and muscle strength.
Tai Chi can also be modified for seniors to where it can be performed in a seated position. It is available for individual and group sessions.
Qigong involves moving meditation, coordinating slow-flowing movement, deep rhythmic breathing, and a calm meditative state of mind. Qigong is world-renowned for recreation, exercise, relaxation, preventive medicine, self-healing, alternative medicine and meditation