Tai chi massage is a whole body and mind exercise that combines meditation, martial art and health benefits.
Tai chi massage is an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing.
Tai chi massage is an ancient Chinese tradition that has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that today is known for stress reduction and aiding with a variety of other health benefits conditions. It is a noncompetitive, self-paced system of gentle physical exercise and stretching. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion.
Benefits of Tai Chi Massage
Relieve Muscle Tension
Tai Chi Massage deliberately uses all the muscles of the body through the process of adopting different postures and sequences of movement. This works to relieve tension and build muscle tone in the legs, arms, upper body, neck, back and abdominal core. All of which leaves the body in much better shape.
Aerobic capacity diminishes as we age, but research on traditional forms ofaerobic exercise show that it can improve with regular training. In another meta-analytic study, researchers looked at seven studies focusing on the effects of tai chi massage on aerobic capacity in adults (average age 55 years). The investigators found that individuals who practiced tai chi for one year (classical yang style with 108 postures) had higher aerobic capacity than sedentary individuals around the same age. The authors state that tai chi massage may be an additional form of aerobic exercise.
Flexibility and strength
Tai chi massage is credited with so many pluses, physiological and psychological, that Chenchen Wang, an associate professor of medicine at Tufts University, set out earlier this year to analyze 40 studies on it in English and Chinese journals. Wang found that tai chi did indeed promote balance, flexibility, cardiovascular fitness, and strength. In a study comparing it with brisk walking and resistance training, a tai chi massage group improved more than 30 percent in lower-body strength and 25 percent in arm strength, nearly as much as a weight-training group and more than the walkers.
The sinuous, coiling movements of Tai Chi Massage provide a kind of internal massage for many organs. This internal massage may be part of the reason for the positive effect Tai Chi has on the immune system.
Improves cardio-pulmonary function
Most people think that aerobic exercise is necessary to strengthen the heart and the lungs. While aerobic exercise does accomplish this, so does Tai Chi Massage. Slow, deep, regular breathing and energy movement combine to work oxygen deeper into the tissues than regular exercise. In addition, the venous pumps in the legs are activated powerfully, allowing blood to get back to the heart efficiently. This prevents all sorts of circulatory disorders, like varicose veins.