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Improved strength and better balance. Oregon Research Institute found that, after 6 months, Tai Chi participants were twice as likely to have no trouble performing moderate to rigorous activities as nonparticipants. The benefit was greatest among those who started with the poorest health or worst function. Other research has shown a reduction in falls among people who do Tai Chi. Two studies sponsored by the National Institute on Aging found that Tai Chi exercises cut the fear of falling and risk of falls among older people. Two small sports medicine studies suggest that Tai Chi may improve sensitivity to nerve signals in ankles and knees, which might prevent falls.
Reduced pain and stiffness. People with osteoarthritis assigned to a Tai Chi group during a 3-month study reported less joint pain and stiffness than when they started. They also had less pain and stiffness than patients in a control group.
Enhanced sleep. Exploring Tai Chi’s impact on sleep, the Oregon researchers found that Tai Chi participants had improved sleep quality and length. A UCLA study of Tai Chi Chih, a Westernized version of Tai Chi, also supports claims of sleep benefits. Two-thirds of the people practicing Tai Chi Chih had major improvements in sleep quality.
Increased immunity to shingles. Characterized by a painful, blistering skin rash, shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. In a shingles study, researchers found that Tai Chi prompted an immune response to the varicella zoster virus similar to that prompted by the varicella vaccine.
Improving overall wellbeing. Both Harvard and the Mayo clinic agree that Tai Chi and Chi Gong promote overall well being.
Chi Kung Classes with Mita
A series of fluid movements categorized as an Internal martial arts style. Develops muscle strength, flexibility, cardiovascular fitness, endurance and internal organ health through cultivation of qi, (pronounced chee) regulating the smooth flow of chi to promote well being and health. Call 541-786-7229 for information on group classes and individual training.
Tai Chi classes with Mita
A Chinese martial art whose system of physical exercises is often practiced as a way of meditating or improving well-being. Call (707) 883-3057 for information on group classes and individual training.
Tai Chi and Qigong (pronounced chee kung) are mind-body practices that originated in ancient China. Practiced widely in China for thousands of years, both have become popular in the West. These practices are a series of standing, squatting and fluid martial arts movements that people of almost any age or condition can participate in. Many people who practice Tai Chi and Chi Kung report heightened feelings of well-being along with a variety of other health benefits Including: