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Tai Chi Significant In The Healing Process Of HIV

Studies indicate regular T’ai Chi practice may boost one’s T-cell count.

The relaxed forms of tai chi effectively oxygenate the body while moving blood and lymph throughout. The aim should be to build an integrative stress management model adopting strategies that can positively influence the stress–disease relationship and, ultimately, health outcomes. As a stress management strategy, tai chi may enhance one’s coping ability and potentially impact neuroendocrine responses and, ultimately, immune function.

There is increasing evidence of associations between psychological distress and immuno-suppression or disease progression in persons with HIV disease. On the other hand, research on stress and coping indicate that a variety of coping strategies (including relaxation, exercise, meditation, social support, spirituality, and acquisition of positive meaning) used in response to stress enhance psycho-social functioning, quality of life, and physical health.

Tai chi is low impact and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels.

Each movement begins with a deep breath in a grounded stance followed by a deep breath in a centered stance to emphasize living from a mindful and balanced perspective. Each session begins and ends with the tai chi bow, a complex movement encompassing several of the common principles of tai chi practice.

As there is improvement, more body movements can be introduced.

The Tai Chi Bow
It is a complex movement focusing on honoring self, others, and a higher power or spirit, balancing the complementary and opposing forces of yin and yang as well as connecting with the earth and sky.

Embrace Tiger/Return to Mountain
This movement focuses on revisiting, from a heart-centered place, difficult issues so that they may be transformed and released, allowing the individual to return to a place of peace.

Gathering Earth and Heaven Energy

Smoothing the Waters
This movement allows relaxation of the neck and shoulder while mentally focusing on smoothing out the tensions in the mind and body.

Carrying the Ball of Energy
This movement emphasizes awareness of the presence of energy in and around us as well as the position and movement of the body in space.

Yin/Yang Moving Meditation
This moving meditation incorporates breathing and arm movements tracing the yin/yang symbol, representing the opposite yet complementary and balancing forces in nature.

Separating the Clouds or Cloud Hands
This movement focuses on parting the clouds to facilitate a “clear vision.”

Tai Chi Walk
The tai chi walk involves slow, contemplative walking, focusing on the placement of heel then toe on the ground as well as awareness of all sensations in the body and mind.

Note: Begin under the guidance of a Trainer.


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