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Zei Gezunt with Tai Chi
Editor: Yael Rosenberg, RN, B.S.H

TAI CHI
 • Description: Tai Chi
 • Statistical Information
 • Symptoms Treated
 • Questions to ask the Practitioner
 • General Tips
 • Products and Services
 • Books and Publications  

Description
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese form of exercise that is characterized by controlled and slow movements and breathing while meditating to condition the body for relaxation and promote health and longevity. Tai Chi is also used as a form of martial arts for self defense.

Practitioners utilize the same concept as acupuncture, that is stimulation of trigger points on the surface of the body in an attempt to balance chi (energy flow) and restore the body’s equilibrium While acupuncture utilizes needles to stimulate these points, acupressure involves placing gentle pressure by hand, fingers, elbows or with an assortment of devices.
There are many styles of Tai Chi which include some of the following:
 • Chen
 • Yang
 • Wu
 • Sun
 • Woo
 • Lee
 • Guang Ping

Statistical studies show the following:
Tai Chi is the one of the fastest growing exercise form among young Americans, second only to yoga. Though both men and women have shown a greater interest in the United States, it is reported that women outnumber men in Tai Chi classes.

Conditions and Symptoms
Tai Chi has many health benefits that include the following among others:
 • It is often used as a adjunct treatment for many painful chronic conditions such as: fibromyalgia, arthritis and digestive disorders.
 • Since it is a weight bearing form of exercise it can be very helpful for bone health (especially for women after menopause)
 • Beneficial for falls prevention as it improves balance and coordination
 • Boosts energy and stamina – utilized for chronic fatigue syndrome
 • Increases strength
 • Improves sleep
 • Reduces stress, anxiety, and depression
 • Improves muscle tone and flexibility
 • Alleviates pain and stiffness
 • Some studies have shown tai chi helping kids with ADHD
 • It can be used as an alternative to the western aerobic exercises aerobic exercises

Questions to ask the Practitioner
  •  How many years experience have you had utilizing this fitness and healing method
  •  What is your success rate  
  •  Certificates and Licenses  
  •  References  

General Tips
 • Seek the advice of your health provider before embarking on any form of exercise.
 • Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing
 • Do not eat anything for 30 minutes before or after the practice.
 • Find a quiet, comfortable place to practice where you will not be disturbed.
 • Keep your limbs relaxed and limp.
 • Make sure your breathing is synchronized with your slow movements
 • Always keep your head straight while focusing to the middle when performing tai chi movements
 • Make sure your movements are fluid and constant fitting seamlessly one to another

List of Products & Services
•  Tai Chi Uniform (Clothing) - White, Red, Blue and Black 

BOOKS & Publications  
  •  Step-By-Step Tai Chi (Paperback) 
  •  Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi and QiGong (Book & DVD) [ILLUSTRATED] (Paperback) 
  •  Sunrise Tai Chi (YMAA) DVD (2005)  
  •  David Carradine's AM & PM Tai Chi Workout for Beginners (1999) 
  •  T'ai Chi for Health: Yang Short Form 37 Form  
  •  Tai Chi Fundamentals: For Mastering Tai Chi Basics (2003) 

Alternative Treatment Methods
 • Acupressure
 • Acupuncture
 • Aromatherapy
 • Biofeedback
 • Chiropractic Treatment
 • Guided Imagery
 • Herbal Remedies
 • Homeopathy
 • Hypnosis
 • Magnetic Therapy
 • Massage Therapy
 • Meditation
 • Qigong
 • Reflexology
 • Reiki
 • Tai Chi
 • Therapeutic Touch
 • Vitamin Therapy
 • Yoga

 


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