Truths About Tai Chi for Health and Longevity

Truths About Tai Chi for Health and Longevity

By Eric Borreson

Many scientific studies of tai chi have shown that there are significant medical benefits to practicing tai chi. These benefits include good health and longevity. However, these studies don’t mention the two main obstacles to using tai chi to improve your health. It is our responsibility as teachers to make sure our students understand this early in their practice.

Truth #1 – It takes time

Many people have heard great things about tai chi. They expect wondrous benefits from showing up for class. However, they are accustomed to the ideas of Western medicine where a doctor gives you a pill and you are better in a few days or weeks at most. When the benefits of tai chi don’t miraculously appear after their first class or two, they want to give up.

It is true that many people will start to feel better after a class or two and a couple of weeks of practice. Peacefulness and calmness are common feelings after a beginning tai chi class. However, studies have shown that measurable health benefits really don’t show up until the student has practiced for about 10 or 12 weeks.

When learning tai chi, learning quickly is not necessarily better than learning slowly and deeply. Tai chi has many subtle details that take time to learn. You have to “digest” tai chi. It takes time for it to get into your body and your mind. With each lesson, it is important to practice regularly until that lesson becomes part of you.

Truth #2 – You are responsible

You can’t pass the buck. The only way to get the health benefits of tai chi is to practice what you have learned. And guess what? You need to practice for the rest of your life. If you stop practicing, your health will gradually revert to what it was before you started tai chi.

You will have ups and downs to your practice. You will have times where you get bored with it. You have to persevere. Your teacher is a great resource and can help you get over the bumps and through the doldrums.

Bio:

Eric.BorresonEric Borreson – a student and teacher, finds teaching taiji, qigong, and meditation to be a path to a more meaningful life. Eric is the founder and director of Meditation in Motion, specializing in teaching about living healthier and happier lives. He teaches taiji, qigong, and meditation at the prestigious Heartland Spa, a top 10 destination spa, located in Gilman, IL. In addition, he teaches taiji (Yang 24, Sun-style taiji, and Dr. Lam’s Taiji for Arthritis and Taiji for Diabetes) at other venues. He conducts workshops and teaches private lessons on request. He writes a weekly wellness column at http://eric-taichi.blogspot.com.

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About Eric Borreson

Eric Borreson - a student and teacher, finds teaching tai chi, qigong, and meditation to be a path to a more meaningful life. Eric is the founder and director of Meditation in Motion, specializing in teaching about living healthier and happier lives. He teaches tai chi, qigong, and meditation at the prestigious Heartland Spa, a top 10 destination spa, located in Gilman, IL. In addition, he teaches tai chi (Yang 24, Sun-style tai chi, and Dr. Lam’s Tai Chi for Arthritis and Tai Chi for Diabetes) at other venues. He conducts workshops and teaches private lessons on request. He writes a weekly wellness column at http://eric-taichi.blogspot.com.
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2 Responses to Truths About Tai Chi for Health and Longevity

  1. cathy hall says:

    Hello, I am a 65 yr old female looking for relief from pain in a L shoulder that I broke in OCT 2013. I attended many rehab sessions, my Dr. said to give it time, but then I have to go back to work and it begins to hurt again. I MUST work to prepare for retirement. Any suggestions on where to start? I know tai chi would be a good start, but will yoga help also.
    Thanks in advance for any suggestions you may have .
    Cathy Hall R.T.(R) (M) Mammographer that needs to not hurt as much!

  2. jean rynaski says:

    I have been doing Tai Chi for 19 years and I’ve become addicted. I believe Tai Chi will PREVENT a lot of “illnesses” but If I were in your position, I would go for Reiki treatments. I would also learn how to GIVE Reiki treatments to others AND yourself. I learned how to do Reiki at age 80. I use it a lot on others AND myself. It works. Look it up on Google for its description and then you’ll have the facts and you can decide.

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