We all know the importance of exercise to keep us healthy but once your muscles and joints start to ache it’s hard to get into doing the exercises that may have prevented this so you must do something. Walking is a good exercise but often a lot of the areas that need to be stretched are not and depending on your stature some of the areas around the organs do not get the same kind of workout. Exercise will also keep your stress levels down and improve every area of your health.

Tai Chi has been practiced in China by people of all ages for many years. It was developed by Chinese monks thousands of years ago and in keeping with the quiet, meditative tradition, it is done very slowly. It is low-impact, promotes strength and flexibility and improves balance. Tai Chi relies on proper breathing and slow movements and is often called ‘moving meditation’.

Tai Chi has been proven to help you have a better night’s sleep and also to fall asleep faster which leads to you feeling more rested in the morning when you awaken. This makes it is ideal for older people as sleep may become a problem or even if you are stressed and can’t sleep. Often lack of sleep goes untreated and people wonder why they feel so bad. Tai chi helps you handle stress which is what possibly could keep you up at night without you even being aware that is the issue.

There are six levels of Tai Chi. The first is for beginners. This teaches the basic tools for working with Chi energy. The second level mostly focuses on Chi awareness and the main goal of this level is to achieve an awareness of the balance of internal and external chi. At level 3 the student will learn the more martial-art type aspects of Tai Chi. This level focuses on using the mind to control chi and synthesize your body movements with your mind. A student at the fourth level is considered a disciple worthy of receiving this knowledge by the master of a particular Tai Chi tradition so the teaching progresses until finally that person becomes a Tai Chi master in a state of perfect balance and has complete mastery of body and mind.

Tai Chi can help you be more co-ordinated, balanced, take care of your joints and flexibility without speeding up your heart beat too much so it is good if you have illnesses which could prevent you from doing more active exercises. While you are doing these exercises your internal system is getting a gentle massage and your energy centres are being opened and cleansed making a good basis for healing on other levels such as psychologically, emotionally, mentally and physically.