Tai chi – better back, better balance

DirectionChang6Put your back into it! Oh, my aching back! Aren’t we always talking about how our backs feel or we can’t do something because our back hurts or we didn’t get a good night’s sleep because our back bothered us all night?

Let’s face it; we use our back a lot!  In fact we use our back for just about everything we do because it’s our postural support mechanism. It provides us with support and the connectivity of our upper body.  Clearly it plays an important part of our overall health and well-being yet many people ignore the importance of this structural load-bearing system.

Tai chi emphasizes good posture, good foundation and whole body movement.  The back plays a key role in all three of these elements.  Once we establish a firm and relaxed root with our feet, we allow for the free flow of energy, or chi, to our waist.  Our waist then controls this movement of energy and directs it up our spine and through our loosened and upright back.  The entire body is connected as the internal flow of energy acts like a whip, moving in unison to release stored chi.  Read more

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