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Tai Chi for Posture and Back Pain


Here at the Healthy Back Institute, we’ve developed what we call a Complete Healing Formula—one that hopes to heal your mind, body and spirit. We believe that one program or exercise routine rarely gives you total relief from all aspects of any health condition.

Pain creates other issues that physical exercise cannot address—it disrupts hormone levels, it affects digestion, it impacts mental attitude. We understand pain can bring you down in all these areas, and that’s why there is rarely one solution. We never say we are the only program you need to heal.

From our Complete Healing Formula perspective, we believe one of the best ways to address healing your spirit—your life energy—is with tai chi. It complements our formula. It makes something good even better. If you ask us which one to do, we say: Do both.

So, what is tai chi?

So, what is tai chi? Tai chi (pronounced "tie chee") is a mind-body practice that originated in China as a martial art. A person doing tai chi moves his body in a slow, relaxed and graceful series of movements, while breathing deeply and meditating—in fact, tai chi is sometimes called "moving meditation." Each movement flows into the next. The entire body is always in motion, with the movements performed gently and at uniform speed.

Many practitioners believe that tai chi helps a vital energy called qi (chee) flow through the body. In traditional Chinese medicine, the vital energy or life force is believed to regulate a person's spiritual, emotional, mental and physical health.

Tai chi developed in China in about the 12th century A.D. It started as a martial art, or a practice for fighting or self-defense, usually without weapons. Over time, people began to use tai chi for health purposes as well. Many different styles of tai chi, and variations of each style, developed. The term "tai chi" has been translated in various ways, such as "internal martial art," "supreme ultimate boxing," "boundless fist" and "balance of the opposing forces of nature."

Tai chi helps your mind, body and spirit

In addition to movement, two other important elements in tai chi are breathing and meditation. In tai chi practice, it is considered important to concentrate, put aside distracting thoughts and breathe in a deep, relaxed and focused manner.

Deep breathing helps manifest your own healing powers. It can change the chemical responses in your body and brain, causing the neurotransmitters that register pain to go away. Breathing also helps improve oxygenation of your blood. Your injured area will always feel better when oxygenation improves. More nutrients go to the injured site and more waste products get removed, which speeds healing.

Practitioners believe that this breathing and meditation have many other benefits, such as:

  • Massaging the internal organs.
  • Aiding the exchange of gases in the lungs.
  • Helping the digestive system work better.
  • Increasing calmness and awareness.
  • Improving balance.

Certain concepts from Chinese philosophy were important in tai chi's development (although not every person who practices tai chi for health purposes, especially in the West, learns or uses them). A few are as follows:

  • A vital energy called qi (chi) underlies all living things.
  • Qi flows in people through specific channels called meridians.
  • Qi is important in health and disease.
  • Tai chi is a practice that supports, unblocks and redirects the flow of qi.

People practice tai chi for various health purposes, such as:

  • For a low-impact form of exercise that can have certain health benefits--for example, to the bones.
  • To improve physical condition, muscle strength, coordination and flexibility.
  • To have better balance and a lower risk for falls, especially in elderly people.
  • To ease pain and stiffness.
  • For health benefits that may be experienced from meditation.
  • To improve sleep.
  • For overall wellness.

Tai chi helps restore your chi/energy/mojo/general well being.

We are all made of energy. When we restore balance in our energy we can restore balance in all our body systems. We can even cure disease. I have seen it myself.

I was lucky enough to get an advance viewing of a video that will be included in a documentary in the near future. In the video, four practitioners in China channeled energy into a woman with bladder cancer. I watched as an ultrasound of the woman's bladder showed the tumor dissolve itself in 2 and 1/2 minutes. It was gone.

This happened because the woman and her practitioners believed strongly in another important aspect of Eastern medicine—the idea that the body not only can heal itself but it is already healed. There are many medicine-less hospitals in China today that use tai chi and other ancient practices to channel energy with the belief that the person is already healed.

All we need to do is tap into that belief.

If you can go through life believing you are already healed, you're one step closer to healing yourself.










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