Could Tai Chi Be the Fountain of Youth?
Article submitted by Jason Lewis. Jason Lewis is a personal trainer and in 2002, became the primary caretaker for his mother after her surgery. Jason works to create programs that are considerate to the special health needs of those over the age of 65.
Do our bodies have to become more fragile as we age? Many people spend their golden years longing for a “fountain of youth” only to never find it. Although there’s no way to turn back the clock, what if there really is a way to heal the body, prevent injury, and possibly even increase lifespan? Some practitioners of T’ai Chi Ch’uan (or “Tai Chi”) claim that this ancient Chinese martial art has the ability to do all of these things and more.
Hailed as a “gentle way to fight stress” by Mayo Clinic, Tai Chi has been catching on throughout the rest of the world over the past few decades. Tai Chi has its roots in Qi Gong and other forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). More than just a means of self-defense, so-called “soft” or “gentle” martial arts like Tai Chi and Qi Gong are actually entire holistic healing methodologies. They use balanced and coordinated body postures along with carefully controlled breath and movement to form a standing, moving or walking meditation. It is believed that this combination of breath and movement improves our health, connects us with a deeper sense of purpose and spirituality, and even empowers us by training us in self-defense and martial arts.
Tai Chi and Qi Gong don’t require any prior knowledge of martial arts or Chinese medicine. Unlike more “mainstream” martial arts, these practices are gentle and slow. This makes them safe enough to be performed by seniors, beginners, and even those with injury or chronic conditions like Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). In fact, some studies have shown that Tai Chi by itself may be as helpful, if not more helpful, than traditional RA treatments.
Teachers and practitioners enjoy the practice because it can be tailored to suit any individual’s unique needs. This ancient martial art from China is even being used by some physical therapists to heal the body from tendon sprains, strains, and other injuries. Learning a new skill is also a great way to prevent Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia. It is also useful for healing the physical body, calming the mind, easing the emotions, and can even be considered a spiritual path to enlightenment.
Another benefit for seniors is that Tai Chi can be done from anywhere - including your favorite park or even the comfort of your own home. Many seniors enjoy the social element of taking Tai Chi classes or meeting up with a regular weekly group to practice Tai Chi in a group setting.
If you (or someone you love) might be looking for safe and healthy ways to stay fit, social and healthy at any age, Tai Chi could be an excellent option. With an emphasis on deep breathing and muscle relaxation, Tai Chi can help seniors feel regenerated, healed and healthy. And with benefits like lower blood pressure, stronger immunity, and less chance of injury, Tai Chi is certainly worth trying at any age!
More about Jason Lewis
My name is Jason Lewis, and I am a personal trainer. In 2002, I became the primary caretaker for my mother after her surgery. I realized, as I helped her with her recovery, there is a special need for trainers that can assist the seniors in our community. I worked with my mother’s doctor, as well as other personal trainers, to create programs that are considerate to the special health needs of those over the age of 65.
BA in Human Performance/Exercise Health Science
Certified Personal Trainer
CPR/First Aid Instructor
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Posted March 2017 on www.SeniorsResourceGuide.com