With the New Year well under way now, the mental and physical balance created by the ancient exercise of Tai Chi offers you the chance to re-charge and even re-invent yourself by being healthier in 2015.
Tai chi is practised around the world as a health-promoting exercise, and was developed as a martial art in 13th-century China. Known also as Tai Chi Chuan, it combines deep breathing and relaxation with slow and gentle movements. Health studies have shown, as an innovative spa therapy, Tai Chi can help people reduce stress, improve balance, and increase general mobility. Participants also report increased muscle strength in their legs. When lessons are provided by a licensed and experienced instructor, tai chi can be a great way to creating a healthy lifestyle in the New Year.
Benefits of tai chi may include:
- Decreased stress and anxiety
- Increased aerobic capacity
- Increased energy and stamina
- Increased flexibility, balance and agility
- Increased muscle strength and definition
There is also some clinical evidence the practise may also:
- Enhance the immune system
- Lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure
- Improve joint pain
- Improve symptoms of congestive heart failure
- Improve overall wellbeing in older adults
- Reduce risk of falls in older adults
- Enhance quality of sleep
Tai Chi can be for everyone
What makes the ancient practice so accessible is that Tai Chi is a low-impact endeavour. It places minimal stress on muscles and joints. Because of the slow, fluid motions, it is generally safe for all ages and fitness levels. Tai Chi may be extremely beneficial to older adults who find other types of exercise too difficult.
Tai Chi is generally safe. But with any new physical activity, women who are pregnant or people with joint problems, back pain, fractures, severe osteoporosis or a hernia, should consult their GP before trying tai chi. For some, experienced instructors may provide modifications or help you avoid certain postures.
Your voucher is great way to get started in tai chi
Tai Chi is a relatively inexpensive hobby to get it into for most. It does not need any special equipment. With the aid of an experienced instructor, with the backdrop of one of Britain’s luxury spa locations, Tai Chi may offer you that momentarily escape from your busy world and the perfect way to start your day off.
Where To Spend Your Spa Vouchers For Acupuncture
Book your Tai Chi experience using a Spafinder Wellness 365 Gift Voucher at Chewton Glen Hotel and Spa, Calcot Manor.
Now that we are in 2015, the New Year is the a great time to try something new, and experiencing tai chi at a luxury spa location is the ideal reason to use your voucher. For more information on spas offering Tai Chi classes, or to redeem your holiday gift voucher, please visit our dedicated guide to Tai Chi.
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