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Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese discipline that integrates mind, body and spirit. Practitioners use meditation and deep breathing as they move through a series of continuous exercises, called 'forms', which resemble slow-moving ballet. Tai Chi is a component of Traditional Chinese Medicine that works to improve the flow of internal energy (Qi) throughout the body.
The central element of practicing Tai Chi focuses on Internal Discipline. That is, how a movement should be made from the internal core of the body - the abdomen and back - rather than from the external parts of the body - the limbs.
Researchers have found that Tai Chi helps knee osteoarthritis just as effective as physical therapy.
People with chronic heart failure have long been thought of as too frail to do any sort of exercise and are often advised to avoid all but the most basic physical activity.
A new study has found that Tai Chi may help relieve pain and aid healing for people with fibromyalgia.