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T'ai Chi

What is T'ai Chi?

Around 1200 years ago, it is believed that Taoist and Buddhist monks began the practice of T'ai Chi. Used as a balance to their sitting in meditation for long periods of time, the movements helped strengthen the body and also helped the monks defend themselves against bandits.

Today T'ai Chi is practiced as a martial art and also as a moving meditation. Many doctors prescribe the slow, gentle movements of T'ai Chi for treating stress and also for recovering from illness or injuries. One could say that T'ai Chi is a "self-help" form of physical and mental therapy.

Students of T'ai Chi report that daily practice has helped lower , increase circulation, reduce , aid digestion, improve muscle flexibility, increase productivity, and enhance clarity and peace of mind.

Controlled studies of T'ai Chi show that it is helpful for improving balance in survivors; exercising bones and muscles in elderly people; enhancing the treatment of knee ; reducing and ; improving ; slowing bone loss; improving cardiovascular fitness; and assisting the immune system.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is one of the agencies doing a variety of T'ai Chi research studies. Other sources can be found by searching Google for "Tai Chi benefits".

One can learn T'ai Chi in a variety of ways. Traditional forms require patience, discipline and a good "movement memory". However, many easier versions are available, and one can take a class locally or do the simpler forms by watching and practicing with a DVD.

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My thanks to Don Fiore, Certified T’ai Chi and Qigong Instructor for this introduction (ed.)

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Where Do Shared Care's Therapists/Teachers Practice?

Where Are Our T'ai Chi Therapists?

Teachers of T'ai Chi in these countries:-


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Where Are Our Therapists, Whatever Their Therapy?

The lists of therapists' organisations by country are also on these pages


Find the list of therapists listed by therapy from the appropriate therapy page. For example, osteopaths from osteopathy and so on.


How to Help your Teacher

You will have certain questions that you want to ask your teacher about the T'ai Chi and your teacher will have standard questions to ask you about yourself.

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T'ai Chi Teacher Organisations

Please note that the qualifications and requirements for a teacher to be registered may vary markedly from organisation to organisation.

The home country of the organisation is listed. Although their therapist lists are likely to be limited to their own countries most will provide more information, advice, contacts and help wherever you live:-

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T'ai Chi Schools

Various schools and colleges will train people to be practitioners of T'ai Chi. Although their courses may be limited to their own countries some may provide international distance learning. Please check them out carefully to ensure they meet your requirements

Please email editor(at) with the name and URL of your suggestions for additional organisations.

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