I have seen groups of people performing tai chi in the park and wondered what was the draw to (what seemed to me)… arm waving. I know, I am unenlightened. A recent internal medicine journal cites a study showing tai chi significantly improves heart failure patients’ quality of life.
Tai chi is actually a gentle, meditative exercise of flowing circular movements, weight and balance shifting, visualization, breathing techniques and focused internal awareness. In one study, patient’s performed tai chi for one hour twice a week with an instructor and were encouraged to practice three times a week.
After 12 weeks the tai chi patients had
- better mood scores,
- less depression and
- better exercise tolerance than those in a heart health education program only.
These studies spurn me to learn about complementary practices that I know little about.
Hope this helps.