Tai chi focuses on physical strength conditioning, flexibility, resilience, mental focus and clarity, and on creating proper flow and balance of Qi throughout the body.
Tai chi dates back 4,000 years and is influenced by Taoism, qigong, and several martial arts styles.
According to the legend, Zhang Sanfeng developed 13 postures based on movements associated with the four compass directions and the Five Elements theory. However, tai chi could have arisen much earlier.
Tai chi instructors teach students certain motions and forms, how to connect them, and then refine their movement through repetition. The motions are very slow and graceful, almost dance-like, as they progress seamlessly from one form to the next.
Strength and response training, such as the exercise known as push-hands, also forms part of the training.
Tai chi is a whole-body treatment that can help address several conditions. It helps to improve flexibility and core strength.
A level of training that includes every competency component needed to safely and appropriately apply the treatment.
An additional treatment that first requires the practitioners to be trained in an appropriate related discipline.