Tai Chi is a mind-body exercise combining slow-flowing intentional movements with breathing, awareness and visualization. Rooted in the Asian traditions of martial arts, Chinese medicine and philosophy, Tai Chi may have benefits for relaxation, energy, focus, posture, balance, strength, flexibility and mood. Seated Tai Chi is accessible to most bodies, regardless of age or fitness level.
Tai Chi has been shown to improve health in many areas, including:
- Fall risk
- Physical fitness and muscle strength
- Quality of life
- Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, two causes of joint pain and stiffness
- Blood pressure
- Cholesterol levels
- Promoting the ability to exercise for people with chronic heart failure
- Bone density (osteoporosis)
- Immune system health
- Quality of life for people with cancer
- Chronic pain
- Fibromyalgia symptoms
- Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema
Join Dr. Cynthia Mealer, Employee Assistance Plan/Employee Whole Health coordinator at the Memphis VA Medical Center for this 10-minute seated Tai Chi practice any time you feel you need to stretch and slow down.
Find additional resources for both Tai Chi and Yoga, including short videos and information here: Moving the Body – Whole Health (va.gov).
If you want to learn more about Tai Chi and how it can benefit your life, read the Intro to Tai Chi/Qigong for Whole Health here: IntroTaiChiQigong__Final508_07-25-2019.pdf (va.gov).