Recovery & Rehabilitation
Seated Tai Chi is an easy form of exercise that could be applied to a variety of situations. For example, patients recovering from trauma induced through car accidents, veterans recovering from injuries of war, paraplegics, and many more t could be beneficial for recovery and rehabilitation. Tai Chi is a very soft form of exercise on its own, but some people may find it too difficult on the knees at first. Others may be unable to maintain a standing position for any length of time.
A Short Form that can be Practiced Anywhere
The video below shows 15 postures Yang Style Tai Chi, which is the beginning of a three part longer version of a form known as 108 Postures. It could be practiced in almost any setting such as, a hospital, the office, jail, at home, in the park on a bench, in an armless wheelchair, and so on.
Tai Chi & Health
Tai Chi is one of the best exercises for improving your overall internal health. It has been studied at great length by researchers at Harvard University with some rather impressive findings. Tai Chi has been shown to aid patients suffering from arthritis and osteoporosis, cancer, dementia, and many more. The movements are easy enough on the body to allow for almost anyone to start practicing right away.
A Few Things to keep in Mind
You won’t have the grace of the crane or the precision of the snake when you first start out, so don’t be too self conscience. Go with the flow, and try your best to replicate the movements of your teacher. There are literally hundreds of videos, pdfs and the like to be found online to help you start learning the numerous forms and families of Tai Chi. All you need to do is make a Google search and find a local teacher, a video online, or a print out of the movements. You’ll have to decide for yourself as to what your preferred learning style is, but once you get started you’ll find that it gets easier the more you do it.