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What is Tai Chi?


Tai Chi (which can also be spelled “T’ai Chi” or “Taiji”, and referred to as “Tai Chi Chuan” or “Taijiquan”) is the most popular and recognized form of Qigong.  The easiest way to understand the art of Tai Chi is to think of it as meditation in motion, which uses many movements originally derived from martial arts that are performed slowly, calmly and with control.  Tai Chi has become extremely popular among seniors and older adults in North America today.   

What is Qigong?

Qigong means “gonging”:  to cultivate your vital energy (referred to as “qi”) over time.  Qigong is a practice that involves movement, meditation, self-massage and breathing.  Qigong has many different forms which date back thousands of years in ancient China.  By principal, Qigong forms involve sitting and standing meditations, which provide the key foundation for Tai Chi, which is a moving form of Qigong. 

For seniors with inhibiting physical issues, certain forms of Qigong are ideal practices since there is no intricate footwork or quick movements involved.

Tai Chi Qigong

A “form” is a set of postures.  In Tai Chi, you learn a specific form and then practice it.  Each Tai Chi form can take up to 40 minutes to go through once and is considered to be a lifetime practice that takes years – or even an entire life’s worth of time – to perfect.

On the other hand, Qigong forms are slightly different because they involve repeating one movement or a small series of movements, and can therefore be learned much quicker.

If you select individual postures or movements from Tai Chi and then perform them by themselves, you create Tai Chi Qigong – a Qigong form of Tai Chi.

Tai Chi and Qigong for Seniors

Posture

Tai Chi has stricter posture rules than Qigong.  Throughout Tai Chi practice, for example, special attention is given to ensure that the knees extend over the toes and remain aligned with the feet.  Although this is only one example, you can see that Tai Chi enforces the body’s structural integrity and alignment.  For seniors and older adults, these postural rules are important to prevent injury and promote proper alignment.  Tai Chi teachings help seniors control their bodily movements during practice and outside the classroom too. 

Free Flowing Vs. Firm and Flexible

Qigong is more free flowing, whereas Tai Chi focuses on firmness and flexibility in the body – two very important elements of physical health in your senior years.

Memory Exercises

Tai Chi requires you to memorize many movements which are practiced in a specific sequence.  This is an important cognitive element of Tai Chi that is not present in Qigong, and is particularly beneficial to seniors because it serves as an anti-aging activity that helps older adults avoid cognitive dysfunction.   

Benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong for Seniors and Older Adults

Both Qigong and Tai Chi offer many health and wellness benefits – particularly to seniors and older adults:

  • Helps to relieve stress – on both the mind and body
  • Improves balance
  • Strengthens bone density
  • Offers cognitive exercise to keep the mind sharp
  • Helps to prevent falls
  • Can be therapeutic for diseases such as hypertension, arthritis, joint pain, body stiffness
  • Promotes a healthy balance between mind and body to achieve a state of calm

Senior Service Directory strongly believes in positive and healthy aging.  Consider adding Tai Chi or Qigong for seniors in your daily routine to feel the benefits after just a few sessions.


 

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