Tai Chi or Tai Chi Chuan translates to “Grand Ultimate Fist”. It is a Chinese System of slow motion exercises designed to improve health, relieve stress, and build strength. Research shows that Tai Chi is effective in improving dynamic balance and reducing falls among older adults. Tai Chi can also be practiced as a martial art complete with self-defense techniques! Today, Yang Style Tai Chi is the most popular form of Tai Chi in the world.
Tai Chi provides us with a framework to correct posture and faulty movement patterns. These 5 Principle Points are outlined in Yang Cheng-Fu‘s 10 Essential Principles (pictured above).
The heels should be firmly planted with the forefoot in complete contact with the floor. The foot should not be overly rotated inward or outward.
The hips must be tucked into a neutral position, without being overly tilted forwards or backwards.
The chest should be relaxed and in line with the hips—not overly caved in or puffed out.
The shoulders must be sunken and downwardly rotated. The elbows must work with the shoulders to sink down.
You can use the principles to guide rehabilitation of any injury. They can also help prevent future injury and reduce chronic pain.
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