What are Tai Chi Chih® Movements?
A set of movements completely focused on the development of energy,
called Chi, 19 stand alone movements and one pose. Not a martial art - completely non-violent
Easy to learn -
usually around two months or 8 once a week classes - varies according to the teacher Does not require physical fitness or
coordination - seniors, children, all can learn it.
What are the Benefits of Regular Practice?
Promotes longevity and increases the quality of people's lives
Improves balance, physical fitness, flexibility,
Circulates and balances the internal energy, called Chi
Balancing of Chi increases health
and well being
Circulation of Chi increases physical energy
Expands creativity and awareness
Benefits cannot be predicted or guaranteed, but will only come with regular practice
Tai Chi Chih
practice offers a way to gently and steadily improve functioning of the body-mind complex, on your own and at your own pace.
Please remember, the movements are easy, but you must practice to gain the benefits. Regular daily practice can result in
better balance, toning and strengthening of the body, inner peace, and improvements in health, creativity, performance, and
Who can do the Tai Chi Chih® Movements? *
Persons of any age or physical ability
Movements may be adapted to be done while seated or for other physical limitations
No special clothing
or equipment required
All classes taught by accredited teachers
The Arthritis Foundation
believes that slow gentle movements build muscle strength without stressing the joints, improve balance, and relieve stress
and depression. Exercise programs, such as Tai Chi Chih, that embrace these principals can be beneficial for people with
Kim Sammons, Associate Vice President, Public Relations, The Arthritis Foundation
From the Journal of Gerontological Nursing: Exercise can reduce the inactivity induced loss of strength, mobility, balance,
and endurance that are vital for the safe performance of activities of daily living for older adults (Ory et al., 1993).
Exercise is also recommended for the treatment and prevention of complications from coronary heart disease, hypertension,
non-insulin dependent diabetes, osteoporosis, and depression (Harris, Caspersen, DeFriese, & Estes, 1989).
1. Physical inactivity is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality among elders.
2. Nurses are frequently
in the position to recommend and encourage exercise and activity for clients.
3. Tai Chi Chih movement is a safe
and enjoyable form of exercise that may be ideal to improve and mantain physical function in older adults.
Chi Chih Movement: An Exercise Option for Older Adults, Kevin J. Schaller, BSN, MSN Journal of Gerontological Nursing, October
1996, 22(10), 12-17
San Clemente physician David Walker says, "Tai Chi Chih reduces stress, and if
you can reduce your stress, it can work on all kinds of ailments. We know ulcers, chemical dependency, emotional neuroses,
hypertension -- a lot of common 20th Century ailments -- are stress-related. Those who practice Tai Chi Chih regularly report
that the benefits spill over into their daily lives. "
St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City teaches
Tai Chi Chih movement to arthritics in its Center for Health Enhancement, and patients report greater mobility, coordination
and flexibility after taking the classes.
Professional golfer Ann Marie Palli found that Tai Chi Chih was
right in line with things she was working on: relaxing her body, mind, focusing on her feet to get grounded before a swing;
Pam Towne, Cypress, CA TCC Instructor
There are many organizations, groups, and individuals that have experienced
the benefit of regular Tai Chi Chih practice. Speak with Dennis Landes about any specific questions you have regarding Tai
Chi Chih practice for your own benefit.
0985581165--Dennis Landes, MAcOM, Accredited Teacher