Tai Chi for Recovery

May 8, 2018

By Sifu Darlene Atteberry

Tai Chi is an ancient practice that incorporates body, mind and spirit. It is well known for its role in stress reduction and improved balance by blending body movements with mindful and spirit- filled intention. Tai Chi soothes the body, calms the mind and fills the spirit. 

In today’s rapidly paced society, Tai Chi is a healthy outlet for dealing with stress and tension during any kind of recovery. It changes lives by changing the way we think and move through challenges. With daily practice, the calming routine of Tai Chi begins to integrate into every aspect of activity, as the body moves differently and thinks differently. Gradually, Tai Chi puts mind and body back into its natural balance. 

While Tai Chi is a martial art, it is an internal, rather than an external art. Tai Chi’s low impact, relaxing movements are slow and gentle, led by internal awareness and inner strength. Tai Chi is the perfect exercise for those who find it difficult to sit for meditation. Practicing Tai Chi gets people in motion physically, massages and moves all internal organs and requires full attention to the moment, which means external stressors have to be set aside while doing Tai Chi form. 

Research studies have shown that drugs and alcohol toxify the body’s tissues, blood and organs. By learning to gather and release qi (chi) energy, individuals who practice Tai Chi increase the action of the lymph system and open the spaces between bones, ligaments and internal organs so the oxygen-rich blood can detoxify the system. In the beginning, the body may feel uncomfortable, as the toxins diminish, but with dedication to practice, most students begin to feel significantly better in a short amount of time. At the same time, students realize Tai Chi can be done anywhere, in whole or part, to keep the body healthy and to relieve the stressors of the mind, so there is no need to be solely dependent on class sessions. Tai Chi students become more physically and mentally agile, more creative and better able to cope with the Yin and Yang moments of life. Make it part of your healing practices; you’ll be glad you did! 

“Our body is precious. It is our vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care.” Buddha