Reasons to Take a Summer Wellness Vacay

What Is a Wellness Vacation?
For most Americans, typical vacations offer an escape from the fatiguing cycle of our workdays and weekend obligations. However, they don’t do anything to change our daily realities when they are over. Wellness vacations, sometimes called wellness retreats, are guided trips that provide tools and strategies for handling stress in your everyday life. They may include eating healthy foods and exploring relaxation techniques, meditation, yoga, or Tai Chi.
 
Why You Need a Wellness Vacation
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Reduce Stress with Tai Chi & Qigong

Most people are aware that practicing Tai Chi regularly helps you to improve your overall physical health, strength, and balance. However, doing Tai Chi for stress reduction is highly beneficial for your mental health as well. In fact, many aspects of mental health are interlinked with physiological processes.
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Tai Chi for Seasonal Arthritis

Although arthritis can certainly flare up frequently in the wintertime and in cold climates, studies suggest that spring is the worst time of year for rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The greater humidity that comes with spring rain, rising temperatures, and changes in atmospheric pressure may be responsible for this. It’s smart to be proactive about counteracting RA symptoms, and Tai Chi exercises are a great way to do this. Here’s what you need to know about Tai Chi for arthritis this spring.
 
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What is a Tai Chi Tuning?

Most people are fairly familiar with Tai Chi as a low-impact, healthy exercise, and meditative martial art form. Qigong is tai chi distilled to its essence. It’s an excellent way for seniors and anyone recovering from an illness or injury to get exercise: it improves balance, strength, flexibility, and more without straining the joints. It’s also a practice that can help your body make periodic adjustments and realignments—just as you would with a musical instrument or vehicle. In Tai Chi and qigong, this is accomplished with a practice called a tuning.

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Still Learning by Annita Riddle ~ (Apr 2022)

My grandchildren call me Ninja Granny. It brings a smile to my face every time I think of it. How did I acquire this name?

It all started with lockdown, following the first Covid outbreak which kept us all indoors. There was a TV advertisement at the same time. It showed a trio of pandas performing Constant Bear. I was captivated by the pandas’ graceful, flowing movements.  A great calmness came over me from just watching it. I decided then and there that I’d learn tai chi and at least get something positive out of being confined to my home. 

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Some Odd Gifts of a Pandemic by Caroline J. Simon ~ (Mar 2022)

For context, I begin with my pre-pandemic history with tai chi. For fifteen years, I have been doing tai chi daily. There was a short break for recovery from bunion surgery, but apart from that, skipping tai chi in the morning would feel like going through the day without brushing my teeth. After all this time, I know that I will never be proficient at tai chi. Some days I think that I am making the reverse of progress. 

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Staying Healthy While Working Remotely with Tai Chi ~ (Feb 2022)

If you began working remotely before or during the COVID-19 pandemic, you may have noticed that much of your movement during work hours consists of walking to the kitchen and back. Just as with an in-person desk job, it’s important to find creative ways to burn calories, maintain good posture, and stay healthy. T'ai chi ch'üan, often called simply Tai Chi, is an ancient Chinese exercise that offers many health benefits, including excellent stretches for people who sit all day. The best part? You can do it in the privacy of your own home.

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Tai Chi Walking: A Low-Impact Path to Better Health ~ (Feb 2022)

When you think of Tai Chi, you may picture a group of people doing slow, synchronized movements in a park, or the fictional warrior Worf from Star Trek practicing on the Holodeck. However, there are Tai Chi exercises for many types of movement, including walking—and you can even combine them with plain brisk walks to maximize benefits. Here’s how taking a Tai Chi walk can refresh the body and mind for people of all ages.

 

Benefits of Tai Chi Walking

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