Tai Chi Benefits for Health: Feel More Alive

More restful sleep, deeper breathing, improved balance, increased flexibility…The list of tai chi benefits for health goes on and on. It even includes better sex.

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Otherwise, keep reading for more details on how a tai chi practice can benefit your health.

Simply Relax Through Tai Chi. Tai chi offers a way to truly relax. The rhythms of bending and stretching in tai chi help to relax the body and to free it from mental and physical tension and stress.

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Tai Chi Reduces Tension. Tension is the opposite of relaxation. With tension, the body becomes constricted and cannot move freely or function efficiently.

With high levels of stress and tension over long periods of time, the body becomes weakened and more susceptible to disease and death.

Use tai chi to reduce tension and stress in your life, and enjoy a healthier and more energetic life.

Here’re some specific health benefits that tai chi practitioners can experience.

Alleviate hypertension through tai chi. High blood pressure is a condition which affects 1 out of 3 adults. High blood pressure is associated with higher risk of heart attacks and stroke, as well as other organ failures.

Also known as hypertension, it’s essentially a condition of overstressed blood vessels. The blood vessels have lost some of their elasticity and are no longer able to effectively transport oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. In turn, this requires the heart to work harder, creating a strain on the heart muscles.

Tai chi helps to improve blood flow by increasing the ability of blood vessels to expand and to contract. Tai chi has been shown in numerous medical studies to reduce high blood pressure—thereby also reducing the risk of heart attacks, stroke, and kidney failure.

Tai chi increases the blood flow. Tai chi practitioners often feel quite warm during and after a practice session—a natural result of increased blood flow as well as increased qi or life force energy.

Tai chi helps the joints and mobility. This increase in blood flow can be especially important for the hands and feet. Poor circulation to the extremities may be evidenced by habitually cold hands and feet. Some suffer from stiffness and pain in these areas from arthritis and other degenerative diseases. Others have damaged these areas through over-use, as seen in computer users and dancers, among others.

Tai chi brings blood, warmth and qi to the throughout the body and helps to lubricate the joints--making movements easier and increasing the range of motion in the joints, even in the areas farthest from the heart.

Tai chi strengthens the immune system. Tai chi not only increases blood flow, tai chi increases the flow of all body fluids, including the lymph. This is a fluid in the body responsible for transporting immune system cells where needed. Unlike blood, which is pumped by the heart, lymph flow is entirely dependent on body movements and contractions of the muscles surrounding the lymph system.

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Because tai chi creates stretching--not only in the large muscles of the body, but even the smallest--lymph flow and also the body’s immune response is helped through tai chi. And with a stronger immune system bolstered through tai chi, you’re less likely to come down with colds, flus, and other infections.

Tai chi helps with balance and coordination. Tai chi is about grounding, both physically and mentally. Through the slow movements of tai chi, one learns to sink one’s energy downward to remain balanced and grounded, even when standing on only one leg or in other potentially stressful situations.

Less Fear of Falling. Tai chi has been shown to not only improve balance, it also reduces people’s fears of falling and helps them to make speedier recoveries after a balance mishap (saving them from falling). With greater confidence, along with better coordination and reaction times, tai chi practitioners are less likely to fall and to suffer injuries from a fall.

Tai chi helps with mental clarity. In addition to helping with physical balance and grounding, tai chi helps practitioners to be mentally grounded as well. The downward dropping of energy moves energy out of the head and makes it available for use in other parts of the body. At the same time, there is less energy to feed worries, nonsensical thoughts, and even headaches.

Medical studies have shown that tai chi can help practitioners experience less frequent and less severe tension headaches.

More Calmness and Creativity. In fact, practitioners report more mental space to focus or for creative endeavors. Tai chi practitioners also experience improved psychological well-being and mental calmness.

Deeper Sleep. With this greater peace of mind, they are also able to fall asleep faster, and to enjoy deeper, more regenerative sleep.

Health benefits for all. Everyone--from young athletes to the elderly with mobility problems--can reap the health benefits from practicing tai chi.

And the health benefits of tai chi are many. They’ve been documented in numerous medical studies in the U.S., China, as well as other countries.

But, you don’t need to rely on these research reports, no matter how many. Find out for yourself by trying a tai chi class. Even total beginners can walk away with a feeling of being somehow more alive after their first tai chi session.

Next: Read about tai chi benefits for stress management.