Health Benefits

A growing body of carefully conducted research is building a compelling case for T’ai Chi as an adjunct to standard medical treatment for the prevention and rehabilitation of many conditions commonly associated with age.
— Peter M. Wayne, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School

“I love T’ai Chi — I have my health back!”

“T’ai Chi has improved my health and my mind”

“At the end of the warmups I feel more limber and more pain free”

“T’ai Chi has all but eliminated my chronic lower back pain”

“T’ai Chi is like receiving a massage”

“I feel a greater ease in all movement”

T’ai Chi has been shown not only to improve symptoms of chronic diseases such as arthritis, Parkinson’s and diabetes, but also to improve a number of general health indicators such as:

  • blood pressure
  • balance (e.g. decreased falls)
  • posture
  • energy
  • flexibility (and decreased joint pain)
  • muscle strength
  • aerobic capacity
  • bone density
  • sleep quality

However, T’ai Chi’s low-impact, gentle movements mean that you don’t have to be in top health to begin.

Further Reading on the Health Benefits of T’ai Chi

Why Tai Chi Is As Good For You As CrossFit
5 of the Best Exercises You Can Ever Do
T’ai Chi: A Gentle Way to Fight Stress
An Orthopaedic Surgeon’s Take on T’ai Chi for Seniors
Falling Is Dangerous for the Elderly — and Often Preventable
T’ai Chi Helps to Prevent Falls and Accidents
What is Tai Chi? What are the health benefits of Tai Chi?
T’ai Chi and Psychotherapy for Better Sleep and More
The Mayo Clinic: Discover the Many Health Benefits of T’ai Chi
Harvard Health Publications: The Health Benefits of T’ai Chi
The Health Benefits of Mindfulness
T’ai Chi and Postural Stability in Patients with Parkinson’s Disease
Tai Chi Improves Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease
T’ai Chi for Health Purposes – National Institutes of Health
Tai Chi For Students
WedMD: Health Benefits of T’ai Chi and Qigong
U.S. News and World Report: For Health Benefits, Try T’ai Chi
T’ai chi taught at Nelson County Middle School event

T'ai Chi is a great way to become more aware of your posture
T’ai Chi is a great way to become more aware of your posture