Health benefits

TCHealth_logo170If you want to get fitter without puffing, feel healthier and live stronger for longer, then tai chi can help you.

At Kia Ora Tai Chi, Jocelyn and her team of instructors are all qualified to teach a number of  Tai Chi for Health Institute programmes, including Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention (TCAFP). TCAFP is a evidence-based programme, which has been clinically proven to improve strength and balance and to reduce falls.

A film crew from Counties Manukau Health (which includes the biggest hospital in South Auckland, Middlemore Hospital) filmed the Kia Ora Tai Chi team and student, Frank, to promote TCAFP as an approved exercise programme for the “Live Stronger for Longer” campaign. Check out the video below for Frank’s story:

TCAFP was devised by Dr Paul Lam. the founder of the Tai Chi for Health Institute. He says, “Hour for hour, practising a Tai Chi for Health programme is probably the most effective exercise to improve health and wellbeing. You can start and continue to progress to higher levels no matter what your age or physical condition.”

The linked postures and steps of any Tai Chi for Health programme, accompanied by deep breathing, can improve your overall well-being, balance and fitness and help to strengthen leg and core muscles. Tai chi is good for your body as well as your mind, and is helpful at reducing stress.

Since 1997, Dr Lam has worked with tai chi and medical experts to create a series of Tai Chi for Health programmes that are easy and enjoyable to learn and, at the same time, deliver significant health benefits.

Tai chi is becoming very popular around the world for health improvement, and for good reasons. Scientific studies show that tai chi can help manage chronic conditions such as arthritis, heart disease and diabetes. In addition, it can improve immunity and reduce stress. In fact, tai chi can improve almost any aspect of health.

Wave goodbye to the aches and pains of the gym and to wearing Lycra. Instead, slip into comfy clothes to say “Kia Ora” to tai chi and a better way to get fitter, healthier and to live stronger for longer.

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