Tai Chi – is it for you? Let’s find out!
Hi everyone, Vanessa here. I’m very excited to be writing my very first blog, especially since it’s on a topic that I have great interest in.
Sarah is always on the hunt to learn new things, and provide new and different opportunities to the community. She is particularly interested in Tai Chi and has asked me to provide some general information about the practice, and to talk about my own personal experience with Tai Chi.
What is Tai Chi?
Tai Chi is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for both it’s defense training and it’s health benefits. It is a form of gentle exercise that works your entire body.
What ability do you need to participate?
If you have never tried Tai Chi it is recommended you start in the beginners class. Tai Chi is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels.
Benefits of Tai Chi may include –
– Improved sleep.
– Assistance in fighting disease and health issues.
– Reduction or better management of neck, back and muscle pain.
– Improved posture and flexibility.
– Better stress management.
– Assistance in combating age related health problems such as Diabetes and Osteoporosis.
– Improved concentration, memory and overall mental wellbeing.
My personal experience with Tai Chi.
I became a member of Tai Chi Fitness Australia back in 2013. Prior to this I had no experience with Tai Chi. I started Tai Chi at the recommendation of my Musculoskeletal Physician who was treating me for long term neck and back pain. He suggested Tai Chi could assist in reducing and managing my pain better.
I started in the beginners class and attended weekly classes at Castle Hill. Looking back now I definitely felt a little out of my comfort zone but I managed to pick up a lot of the movements fairly quickly and slowly gained more confidence. I also purchased the DVD which I practiced at home during the week. At the time I do not think I fully appreciated the health benefits that Tai Chi rewarded me with such as:
– Improved balance, coordination and flexibility.
– Less muscle tension in my neck and lower back.
– Better mental focus and a positive attitude.
– A sense of belonging as I was part of a like minded community.
I continued Tai Chi throughout the majority of my first pregnancy. Once my son was born, I ended up devoting all of my time to him, in addition to mourning the loss of my Father. I therefore never returned to practicing Tai Chi. I definitely regret this decision as I now understand the importance of self care for physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.
I would definitely recommend Tai Chi to anyone who was interested. It is definitely back on my radar – stay tuned!