Tai Chi, Valentina Boonstra

Tai-chi is made up of a set defensive martial arts moves that are performed in slow motion. Why you ask? Because the people who created it years ago realized that before one was taught how to fight with the quick motions of martial arts, they needed to learn balance as well as how to really feel where their body was in space. Tai Chi teaches one how to breath with the move and how to push force through the feet and legs.

When you’re using your body as a weapon to defend itself it is important to use the body as one tool you can’t effectively defend yourself with just the strength of a hand or arm. You need the legs to be grounded so that the force you hit with comes from the ground up. In yoga classes you often hear teachers telling their students to be grounded in their legs and feet. What they mean is to not separate the moves into lower or upper body.
When practicing Tai Chi, your legs are not meant to lock, they are to stay bent or soft so you use the muscles rather than thrust through the joints of the knees and hips. I have helped people grow arches in their feet and throw away the orthotics. When done correctly you push through the feet and legs in such a way that the small muscle of the feet are strengthened and the Achilles tendon is stretched.
Tai-chi also helps the immune system; When we do these forms we are intentionally pressing the feet and stretching the ankles which also pumps the lymphatic fluid up the legs into the trunk. Lymph has to be moved by muscular movement because the vessels it travels thru are just under the skin and above the muscles.
Breathing deeper allows oxygen to travel into the body and increases alertness and also has a calming  effect. That’s is why people think of it as meditative. You have to concentrate in order to understand the forms of this are a great exercise for seniors but I think we can all benefit from Tai-Chi.

Valentina BoonstraMassage therapy Palm Bay, massage therapy Melbourne, Senior Care Palm Bay, Senior exercise Palm Bay, Senior exercise Melbourne,



About Brevard Massage

I have been a personal trainer and massage therapist for many years now. My specialty is getting people moving again. I have learned through the years that preventing injuries is as important as relieving pain after an injury. To that end, I have also learned Yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Pilates.