What is Tai Chi?
Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition and 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 is a non-competitive, 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.
How does Tai Chi Improve Balance?
- Movement control: Tai chi movements are slow, smooth and continuous, helping to strengthen internal muscles, like the deep stabilizers that support and strengthen the spine.
- Weight transference:Tai chi practitioners are mindful of transferring weight with each step, helping to improve mobility, coordination and balance. This, in addition to emphasis on upright and supple posture, further strengthens muscles.
- Integration of mind and body:Tai chi stresses the integration and balance of mind and body. Tai chi practitioners focus, calm their minds, and loosen and relax their joints and ligaments. Practicing a mind-body exercise builds confidence, thus alleviating the fear of falling.
WESTMED’s Tai Chi
Led by a Tai chi-trained instructor, the program focuses on improving functional ability, especially balance, to reduce fall-related risks and fall frequency.
This program improves:
- Postural stability
- Awareness of body positioning in space
- Movement symmetry and coordination
- Range of motion around the ankle and hip joints
- Lower body muscle strength