Tai chi aims to address the body and mind as an interconnected system and to improve mental and physical health while benefiting posture, balance, flexibility and strength. Tai chi includes sequences of slow movements coordinated with deep breathing and mental focus. Tai chi can be practiced alone or with a group of people in a class.
This paper reports the findings of a single-case research design which examined the effects of 1-h, twice-weekly Tai Chi Chuan sessions on state anxiety and mood of children with severe learning disabilities. The participants were three upper elementary children (mean AGE=13.3 years). The intervention lasted 10 weeks.
Tai chi chuan (TCC) has been used as a mind-body practice in Asian culture for centuries to improve wellness and reduce stress and has recently received attention by researchers as an exercise intervention.
Peripheral neuropathy is a degenerative nerve disease with no cure and few effective treatment options until now. Li Li, professor of kinesiology at LSU, is conducting a study into the benefits of tai chi for elderly peripheral neuropathy patients. So far, those practicing tai chi show far greater levels of improvement that those pursuing more traditional methods of treatment.