Tai - Chi for Health & Falls Injury Prevention - Program Accredited by Fitness Australia and Exercise Medicine Australia

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.
In this low-impact, slow-motion exercise, you go without pausing through a series of motions named for animal actions — for example, “white crane spreads its wings” — or martial arts moves, such as “box both ears.” As you move, you breathe deeply and naturally, focusing your attention — as in some kinds of meditation — on your bodily sensations. Tai chi differs from other types of exercise in several respects. The movements are usually circular and never forced, the muscles are relaxed rather than tensed, the joints are not fully extended or bent, and connective tissues are not stretched. Tai chi can be easily adapted for anyone, from the most fit to people confined to wheelchairs or recovering from surgery. http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/the-health-benefits-of-tai-chi

Health benefits associated with the practise of Tai Chi are:

-Build muscle strength in lower limbs

-Osteosporosis and Arthritis prevention

-Increases strength of knee, ankle extensors expanding motion range around joints.

-improves proprioception in knees, ankles and Golgi tendons

-Improve body's ability to adjust and orient to directional change.

-Improve blood circulation and normalize blood pressure.

-improve toe clearance during walking

-prevents bone demineralization and minimize the risk of bone fractures through weigh bearing movements

-reduce stress

This program has been designed by Alice Liping Yuan and Dr Henry Zheng. For more info go to Exercise Medicine Australia

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