Relax with Tai Chi
Tai Chi is often described as “meditation in motion”, but it could just as well be called “medication in motion”.
There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice, which originated in China centuries ago as a martial art, has value in treating or preventing many health problems. And you can get started even if you aren’t in top shape or the best of health.
And now you can try it out for free, thanks to The Festival of Chinese Moving Arts, Culture and Healing, which starts on Friday 15th June.
Organised by Shaolin Kung Fu and the Acupuncture Council of Ireland, events have been scheduled intended to highlight awareness of the benefits of traditional Tai Chi, Chi-Gung and Acupuncture for health and wellbeing.
Acupuncturists will be on hand to talk about problems like stress, cancer, fertility, young people and pain.
Around 200 million people around the world already practice Tai Chi, and now it’s fast becoming one of the most popular forms of exercise in Europe, too.
In Sláinte magazine last autumn, master Niall O Floinn explained the many health benefits of taking up Tai Chi. You can read his article here: issuu.com/slaintemagazine
Although Tai Chi is slow and gentle and doesn’t leave you breathless, it addresses the key components of fitness – muscle strength, flexibility, balance and, to a lesser degree, aerobic conditioning.
A unique martial art from China that dates back 400 years, with influences from traditional Chinese medicine that date back even longer, there is no age limit. To start with, everything is done slowly to help physical relaxation and give you time to co-ordinate your body.