FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT TAI CHI
1. What is Tai Chi?
Tai Chi is a low-impact conditioning that is good for all ages and levels of fitness,
and can even be done by people with Multiple Sclerosis and other debilitating challenges.
2. How does Tai Chi work?
Tai Chi stretches the muscles so they put less tension on the body. In this way the
body moves more freely and with less effort. Tai Chi also strengthens the tendons and
ligaments so that the body can compress (drop) and expand (rise) with less effort or strain.
The quality of life is directly related to the quality of movement, therefore enhancing the
freedom of movement of the body. When the muscles put less tension on the body,
circulation is enhanced which often results in a lowering of blood pressure, the
promotion of healthy organs, the reduction of injury (as experienced in acceleration
muscle tears or stains) and is great for stress reduction and relaxation.
3. Is Tai Chi a martial art?
Yes, but many people take Tai Chi for the health benefits and do not train in the martial applications.
The martial aspect is up to the individual student's goals, or the program director
and the specific goals of a program.
4. Are there different types of Tai Chi?
Yes, there are many different styles and types: Chen, Yang, Wu, Sun, Shaolin and Wudang
to name a few. The G.E.T. I.T. Integrative Arts Tai Chi Program
incorporates essentials and concepts from a number of these styles.
5. How do I choose a Tai Chi program?
The most important things to consider are your short and long-term goals regarding
health and fitness, and to see if the programs offered will help you achieve these goals.
6. Are there any things I should do or be aware of before starting a Tai Chi class?
Getting a physical examination by your personal physician is recommended before starting
any exercise program, so that you can be aware of pre-existing conditions that you want to
target or avoid in your training. It is essential to have the intent to strengthen and
enhance your energy, because too much too soon can be detrimental to your health.
Listen to your body! Do NOT overheat or overextend in expanding or compressing.
Drink lots of water and take your time.
Quality of life and movement is a process to enjoy, not a sort-term task of fear or dread!
Invest in yourself-your greatest asset. Develop your knowledge, power and love
to promote harmony within yourself, family and community.