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The Benefits of Tai Chi

Tai chi provides graceful physical and brain aging, improved balance, pain management, reduces blood pressure and more. While vigorous exercise can improve many bodily functions, research also shows that tai chi’s slow movement, relaxation technique, and development of mindful movement can enhance balance mechanics and brain function, increase regenerative blood stem cells, and support pain management.

            Randomized studies published in PubMed Central, Chest Journal and Aging Defeated support claims that practicing tai chi over a period of 12 weeks to six months shows significant changes in participants' ability to reduce stress, chance of fatal falls, and enhances a sense of well-being. In some cases, falls were reduced by 50 percent; and people with fibromyalgia of an average age of 52 were better able to manage symptoms. Also, the increase in blood stem cells improved regeneration of worn cells. The mindful/meditative movement of tai chi improves the ability to monitor and manage stress levels, builds awareness of spatial relationships and may even boost cognitive function.


The Peaceful Dragon School, with year-round programs in tai chi, meditation and qigong, is located at 1945 Pauline Blvd., Ste. B, in Ann Arbor. For more info, call 734-741-0695  or visit