Tai Chi is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and its health benefits. Medical research has found evidence that tai chi is helpful for improving balance and for general psychological health. Doing tai chi regularly is also associated with general health benefits in older people. Tai Chi opens the internal circulation and relieves the physical effects of stress on the body and mind.
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Qi gong is a gentle practice which is based on the principles of energy flow throughout the body. It integrates physical postures, breathing techniques, and focused intentions and can be used by people of all ages and health to reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality and enhance the immune system. It has also been found to improve cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic and digestive functions.
Reiki healing is a Japanese technique transformed from Chinese Qigong, for promoting health and relaxation, and for reducing stress. It is administered by the laying on of hands, and just like Qi Gong it is based on the idea that a life force energy flows through every person. If one's energy is low, one is more likely to fall ill, be stressed easily or fatigued. But when one’s energy is high, one will feel strong, more relaxed, and less likely to get sick. Reiki healing focuses on parts of the body where seven chakras are located (head and spinal column) and can be used to help manage pain and treat a number of conditions. Reiki works well in conjunction with other medical or psychological care.
Meditation is an important part of all these practices. The act of meditating can take on many forms, and can be done by anyone, whether staying still or moving. It is often used to clear the mind and ease many health issues, such as high blood pressure, depression, and anxiety. Meditation is found in various forms in almost all cultures and belief systems, and can prove itself a useful tool for life.