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August 29, 2011

Tai Chi Chuan - Health And Well Being
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Tai Chi Health Benefits
Alice Sink Tai Chi Chuan Master
Student Tai Chi Benefits

Tai Chi Health Benefits
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Tai Chi - meditation in motion - offers gentle and slow circular movements to reduce stress, improve circulation and promote flexibility of joints. Using controlled exercise Tai Chi students do not strain muscles, the heart or experience over exertion.

There are many benefits associated with Tai Chi Practice. For instance:

- Reducing anxiety, depression promoting a sense of well-being 1

- Improving balance, flexibility, muscle strength, energy, endurance and agility

- Reducing falls in older adults 2

- Relieving headaches, chronic pain 3

- Helping to enhance bone mineral density to preventing osteoporosis4,5

- Relieving menopausal and vasomotor symptoms6,7

- Cancer therapy side effects and quality of life issues - such as fatigue, lymphedema, improving aerobic capacity, muscular strength, and flexibility8

- Fibromyalgia symptoms, such as muscle pain, fatigue, and insomnia9

- Lowering blood pressure, improving cardiac rehabilitation, coronary artery disease and improving cardiovascular fitness in older adults10,11

- Helping Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis 12

- Improving sleep quality 13,14

- Improving cognition and memory15

Alice Sink - Tai Chi Chuan Emeritus Master has been instructing the Yang Style for 30 years. Her professor was William Chung.

St Alban's Episcopal Church
1501 Washington Ave Albany, CA 94706
(510) 525-1716


Tai Chi: An Introduction NCCAM, National Institutes of Health
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Wang C, Schmid CH, Rones R, Kalish R, Yinh J, Goldenberg DL, Lee Y, McAlindon T., A randomized trial of tai chi for fibromyalgia. N Engl J Med 2010 Aug 19;363(8):743-54.
Lan C, Chen SY, Wong MK, Lai JS., Tai Chi training for patients with coronary heart disease. Med Sport Sci 2008;52:182-94.
Chang RY, Koo M, Kan CB, Yu ZR, Chu IT, Hsu CT, Chen CY., Effects of Tai Chi rehabilitation on heart rate responses in patients with coronary artery disease. Am J Chin Med 2010;38(3):461-72.
Callahan LF., Physical activity programs for chronic arthritis. Curr Opin Rheumatol 2009 Mar;21(2):177-82.
Irwin MR, Olmstead R, Motivala SJ., Improving sleep quality in older adults with moderate sleep complaints: A randomized controlled trial of Tai Chi Chih. Sleep 2008 Jul;31(7):1001-8.
Kozasa EH, Hachul H, Monson C, Pinto L Jr, Garcia MC, de Araújo Moraes Mello LE, Tufik S., Mind-body interventions for the treatment of insomnia: a review. Rev Bras Psiquiatr 2010 Dec;32(4):437-43.
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