If you’re looking for a way to reduce stress and help increase flexibility and balance (and a variety of other health conditions) you should definitely consider tai chi (TIE-CHEE) especially as we have developed this ancient art further by adding water!
Often described as meditation in motion, tai chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements. When practiced in water, tai chi water exercise and relaxation program has been created to help us enjoy the water in a flowing yet powerful progression.
The practice increases oxygen and caloric consumption simply with correct form and positioning in the water. It is a perfect relaxation technique for highly stressed, over-challenged clients, and it is ideal for creating improved range of motion and mobility
Water’s buoyancy and three-dimensional resistance allows people to move in ways that can help best meet their individual fitness needs and prepare their body for daily activities.
Water supports our body’s weight making exercising easier and more relaxing and provides gentle resistance to movement which eases strain on tender joints and gently develops muscle strength.
Water helps us learn certain healthy breathing techniques and is suitable for everyone.
With our Water Tai Chi our aim is to strengthen lower extremities, trunk and back muscles by using water’s resistance to improve muscular strength and endurance.
We leverage our indoor tropical warm water environment, which increases the blood flow to the extremities whilst maintaining the body’s core temperature throughout the session. The use of warm water is recognized as being able to relax muscles and reduce tension and tightening throughout the body. In addition, we incorporate the inherit properties of the principles of Tai Chi and Qi Gong to enhance, develop and expand the mind-body connection.
When learned correctly and performed regularly, tai chi can be a positive part of an overall approach to improving your health. Our trained instructor will take you through a repeated sequence of moves using a combination of rounded, slow and graceful movements of the arms, legs and torso.
This is complimented by deep diaphragmatic breaths which will ultimately lead you to a state of calm. This is achieved by gradually increasing your ability to follow the set patterns and as the technique progresses you reach an improved balance, poise and stability in the water.
Water Tai chi is low impact and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels. In fact, because tai chi is a low-impact exercise, it may be especially suitable if you’re an older adult who otherwise may not exercise.
Although water tai chi is especially safe, women who are pregnant or people with joint problems, back pain, fractures, severe osteoporosis or a hernia should consult their health care provider before trying tai chi. Modification or avoidance of certain postures may be recommended.
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