I’m off my blood pressure medicine!!! Nine months after I started practicing tai chi I was totally off my medicine. Tai chi and yoga are the top two exercises for managing your life’s energy and therefore your health. They have found that cancer can’t live in an environment with oxygen and these two disciplines rock in their ability to get oxygen everywhere in your system.
I am finding that tai chi may well be the perfect exercise. It is known as meditation in motion and focuses on balanced, slow, controlled movement. Because of this, research is demonstrating its effectiveness as an adjunct therapy for many health conditions. Even if you have are physically fit and have no health problems tai chi is still for you. We are finding that people who practice tai chi one or two times per week experience less stress, decreased anxiety, better sleep, improved mood, and increased strength and energy levels.
A recent publication of the Harvard Medical School, discusses that tai chi has been found in numerous studies — by Harvard, Stanford, Tufts University and Beth Israel in Boston, among others — to be an effective adjunct therapy, improving function and quality of life. Further, that this low-impact exercise can be easily adapted to anyone’s ability, whether physically fit, dependant on a wheelchair or even recovering from surgery. Additional research was done by the North Carolina School of Medicine and UCLA. Tai chi has been found to significantly improve depression, anxiety, energy levels, quality of life and sleep, and reduce pain. The slow and controlled exercise improves upper and lower body strength, balance and flexibility, thereby reducing falls.
I know I am beginning to sound like a snake oil salesman, but studies of people with arthritis, Parkinson’s, breast cancer, stroke and heart disease, who practice tai chi, have demonstrated increased functional capacity and quality of life. Increased bone density, and lowered blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels are also among its merits. Additionally, people are experiencing decreased pain, making it ideal for those with arthritis and fibromyalgia. People experiencing dizziness and balance problems (vestibular disorders) are also benefiting from improved symptoms.
Living Joyously Tip for the Day:
Time honored wisdom…if the snake oil works — buy it!
References & Resources:
- Tai Chi classes: The Arthritis Foundation
- The health benefits of Tai Chi, retrieved April 5, 2011.