- What Are The Origins Of Tai Chi?
- What Does The Word Tai Chi Mean?
- What Are The Sequences Of Tai Chi For Fibromyalgia Patients?
- How is Tai Chi a Fibromyalgia Natural Remedy?
- Important Facts About Fibromyalgia And Tai Chi?
In the West, many patients with fibromyalgia are using TAI CHI as a FIBROMYALGIA NATURAL REMEDY. This ancient exercise sequence is part of a wider philosophical context of Taoism. Taoism is a reflective, mystical Chinese tradition first associated with the scholar and Mystic Lao Tsu, an older contemporary of Confucius. Lao Tsu wrote and taught in the province of Honan in the 6th century B.C. and authored the seminal work of Taoism, the Tao Te Ching. As a philosophy, Taoism has many elements but fundamentally it teaches a calm, reflective, mystical view of the world steeped in the beauty and tranquility of nature.
What Does The Word Tai Chi Mean?
The Chinese characters for Tai Chi Chuan can be translated as the “Supreme Ultimate Force”. The notion of “supreme ultimate” is often associated with the Chinese concept of yin-yang, the dynamic forces of duality (male/female, active/passive, dark/light) present in all aspects of life. The ultimate goal is to remain balanced in the yin-yang discipline of life. The same philosophy is used to combat the imbalanced energy for patients, neutralizing pain.
This art form is described as a moving form of yoga and meditation combined. There are a number of sequence movements, many originally derived from martial arts (perhaps even more ancestral), and from the natural movements of animals and birds. The exercise sequences are performed slowly, softly, and gracefully; with smooth, even transitions between them.
A great benefit of practicing Tai Chi for fibromyalgia patients is to foster a calm and tranquil mind, focusing on the precise execution of sequenced movements. Learning to do the movements correctly provides a practical avenue for learning about such things as balance, alignment, fine-scale motor control, rhythm of movement, the genesis of movement from the body’s vital center, and so on. Thus the practice allows the patient to stand, walk, move, and run in a controlled pain-free manner. Many patients practicing tai chi notice benefits in terms of correcting poor postural alignment, or movement patterns which can help with the pain and tension associated with FMS. Furthermore, the meditative nature of the exercise is calming and relaxing in itself.
- This art form is particularly beneficial for women, since it can help prevent and ease the FMS symptoms and other associated syndromes which strike more women than men.
- Several studies show that this art form enhances balance, reducing the risk of falls among the elderly.
- Lowers your blood pressure and heart rate.
- The movements are taught step by step; eventually, all the steps become one continuous sequence or form.
- You must practice tai chi regularly before noticeable health benefits are acheived. Daily practice is recommended.
- Tai Chi and Qigong are both health and healing modalities from the traditional Chinese culture. Qigong is one of the four pillars of traditional Chinese medicine; the others are Acupuncture, Massage, and Herbal Medicine. Many of the natural ingredients in our supplement formulas contain special oriental herbs which help in the reduction of FMS symptoms.