Monday, 14 March 2016

8 Tai Chi Breathing Exercises

The “8 Tai Chi Breathing Exercises” was created by Master Pei‐Yi Li. This routine combines ancient Chinese induction techniques, ie, Dao‐Yin Gung, in 8 body movements. While a person is standing firmly on both feet, the breathing rhythm is guided along a series of clockwise or counter‐clockwise actions such as circling, opening and embracing, and rising and depressing the shoulder girdle. The trunk ascends and descends by flexing and extending the knees. Smooth and slow breathing is spontaneously followed by the flow of body movement. This holistic approach fits well with cognitive behavioral therapy.

Tai chi is an important alternative method for alleviating pain. It has been shown to provide significant benefits to individuals with some types of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, as well as fibromyalgia and low back pain. People who practice tai chi have reported improvements in pain, fatigue, stiffness and a sense of wellbeing. In addition to general health benefits for older people, tai chi has also been associated with fall prevention and improved psychological health.

As a result of its positive benefits, the role of tai chi in clinical practice is slowly evolving from an adjuvant rehabilitative treatment into an integral part of a healthy lifestyle. In Taiwan, tai chi is being adopted by the Taipei Education Department as part of an optional fitness curriculum, particularly for asthmatic school children.

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