Wellness lexicon

Tai Chi chuan

Tai chi is an art of movement with meditative character originally invented in China as a martial art. Tai Chi Chuan means ‘the highest ultimate’ or ‘the supreme ultimate fist’. Nowadays it is mainly practised for its more pleasant health benefits, like relaxation or meditation. The original purpose of this martial art fades into the background and sometimes disappears completely.

The foundation of Tai chi is built on 13 different kinds of movement or movement principles. Every movement principle is composed of an extremely slow meditative sequence of slow and powerful body movements which flow from one to another and combines awareness and breathing. It is essential to be concentrated, patient and persistent until a perfect movement is achieved. The aim of these exercises is to release blocked energy, to balance the body, mind and soul, to reduce aggression and to achieve calmness.

Not only does Tai chi work our muscles and limbs, it also focuses on our concentration and endurance. The exercise stimulates heart circulation and alleviates stress.

Tai chi has its origin in holistic Chinese medicine. We are made of body, mind and spirit and because of this it is important to give the body what it needs, namely exercise. This exercise should be as natural and flowing as possible. The adjusted and gentle form of movement is meant to keep the joints supple. If the movements are practised correctly in coordination with the breathing, it activates the Qi. For the Chinese, Qi symbolises vital energy. 

Related topics: Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) , Meditation , Qigong

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