Tai Chi: The Energy of Infinity

By Tami Charbonnet

Pressure from financial concerns, children, relationships and countless other life issues demand methods to reduce stress. Studies show stress as a direct cause of physical, emotional and psychological damage. Exercise is a great way to relieve stress. However, due to physical restraints, some people may lack the ability to maintain a exercise regimen

Welcome to the World of Tai Chi

An ancient martial art, Tai Chi is embraced as a method to reduce stress and reap physical and emotional benefits.

Tai Chi originated in China as a form of self-defense, but has developed over the centuries as a healing exercise focused on the mind-body connection. It is a beautiful flow of slow-but-controlled movements that require mental focus, relaxation and acceptance of infinity; energy without end. Movements are soft and flow with no tension. The bodyís joints are never extended. This gentle series of movements make Tai Chi safe and healthy for everyone.

Tai Chi Benefits

Tai Chi improves strength and balance. Aside from the physical benefits, studies have proven that Tai Chi contributes to an overall feeling of well-being. While practicing Tai Chi, tension is released in the body and negative emotions subside. It is effective for all ages and physical conditions, as it can be practiced from either a sitting or standing positon.

Thousands of people practice Tai Chi daily for health maintenance and healing.

Visit the American Tai Chi and Qigong Association (ATCQA) (www.americantaichi.org) for a class locator.