This Chinese movement therapy was reputedly
practised by Taoist monks in the 13th Century. A dynamic form of
Qi Gong, T'ai Chi is a non-combative
form of martial art - it uses breathing techniques and sequences
("forms") of slow, graceful movements to improve the flow
of Qi, (the "life force"), calm the mind and promote
self-healing. T'ai Chi can be described as "meditation
in motion" and practitioners claim it is more a preventative
good health discipline rather than a cure for any particular ailment.
Research shows that it helps to relax
the muscles and nervous system and is good for posture, balance
and flexibility. It also helps to develop internal harmony and presence.
It is especially good for maintaining the health of the elderly.
In China it is practised by millions
of people daily.