Tai Chi FAQ
1. What is Tai Chi?
Tai Chi is a practice of slow, low-impact movements that promotes balance, relaxation and overall well-being. It is sometimes called a “moving meditation.” Tai Chi is centuries’ old, emanating from masters in China.
2. I haven’t done any regular exercise for years. Can I do Tai Chi?
An individual does not have to be physical fit to do Tai Chi. However, it does take some stamina to be on your feet for an hour, continually moving your energy. It is best to talk with an experienced Tai Chi teacher to learn what his or her class is like. Some teachers may use deep knee bending and large circular movements with the arms and hands. Others do not. If you have questions about your ability to participate, ask if you can attend a single class to see if it’s a fit. Also, if you have personal health questions, it’s advisable to consult with your primary health care practitioner before taking a class.
3. I have bad arthritis. Will Tai Chi help?
Tai Chi can be very helpful for arthritis, both RA and osteo. The slow movements and intentional shifting of weight gently moves the joints, which can aid in managing pain associated with arthritis. It’s best to participate in Tai Chi that emphasizes gentle relaxation of the knees, without deep knee bends or any kind of wide, low stances.