Welcome back to the GPSW blog! The past few years have been stressful for everyone, and a way to de-stress is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle. Allow us to introduce Tai Chi as a consideration! 

Where Does Tai Chi Come From?

Tai Chi was developed as a self-defense martial art that has a bit of a murky history. Different peoples have their own idea of when Tai Chi was developed, tracing it as early as the 8th Century. Still, others trace it to the 12th Century, and others to the 15th or 18th Century. 

Tai Chi originates from ancient Chinese tradition and is often described as meditation in motion. The art is now a graceful exercise that’s excellent for stress reduction and numerous other health conditions. 

What is Tai Chi?

Tai chi involves a series of movements performed slowly and in a focused manner, with deep breathing. 

Tai chi is a self-paced, non-competitive system of gentle exercise and stretching. Each pose flows into the next without delay, keeping your body in constant motion. There are many different styles of tai chi, each focusing on various principles. Tai chi is almost endlessly customizable with different variations inside those style schools. Some focus on the health benefits, while others focus on the martial art aspect. 

Tai chi differs from Yoga, another kind of meditation. Yoga involves various physical poses and breathing techniques with meditation. 

Why Should I Try It?

There are many benefits to tai chi! Due to its low impact on muscles and joints, it’s generally safe for all ages and fitness levels. In fact, especially because of that, it’s great for older adults who may otherwise not get moving too often. Tai chi is also inexpensive and requires no special equipment and can be performed anywhere. 

When learned correctly and performed often, tai chi is a positive part of a holistic health approach. Tai chi’s benefits can include:

  • Decreased stress
  • Decreased anxiety
  • Decreased depression
  • Improved mood
  • Improved aerobic capacity
  • Increased energy and stamina
  • Improved flexibility, balance, agility
  • Improved muscle strength and definition 

Additionally, there is evidence to suggest that tai chi may also help with:

  • Sleep quality
  • Immune system response
  • Aiding in lowering blood pressure
  • Joint pain
  • Reducing risk of falls 

Getting Started with Tai Chi

You can watch a video online, or you can experience the full benefit by seeking guidance from Susi Rosinski. Susi has been teaching TaiChi and Qigong locally for 10 years and has training from experts in both disciplines. Check out our schedule to see class times!  

Green Pastures Still Waters doesn’t only have these meditations in motion, we also have the most relaxing massage experience available in Buffalo! Check out our other fitness options and stay up-to-date with our blog and social media! 

GPSW has two locations! The massage studio you know and love inside the Swan Salon, and our NEW wellness center on Hertel! Sign up for a class or book an appointment with our Mindbody app, and check out the store while you’re there. We can’t wait to see you!