If you want your skin to have a healthy glow, try T’ai Chi or Qigong. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the flow of energy (called “Qi” or “Chi”) through the body takes place along multiple pathways called meridians. These meridians run from head to toe, both on the surface and on the inside of the body. When the body’s energy is blocked, it can lead to a myriad of health problems.
T’ai Chi and Qigong, which are related to the martial arts, involve moving the body so that the “flow of energy” becomes more effective. An “increased flow” can lead to an “increased glow.” Looking for an inexpensive facial? Several of the body’s major energetic pathways cross the face. When the energy flow is improved, the face appears more relaxed and the skin looks healthier.
T’ai Chi and Qigong are also known to be useful for improving flexibility, strength, coordination and balance. Practitioners of T’ai Chi and Qigong note an improvement in their sleep, and report feeling more calm in their daily activities.
Studies show that T’ai Chi and Qigong have a positive impact on:
– Improved immunity to the chicken-pox like virus that causes shingles
– Infection-fighting white cells
– High blood pressure
– Pain and symptoms related to fibromyalgia
– Fall prevention
Dr. Nan Lu of the Traditional Chinese Medicine World Foundation believes that Qigong enables the body to use its own energy to ‘heal itself.’ He has created programs for weight loss, stress reduction, menopause and breast cancer prevention, using a particular form of Qigong called “Wu Ming” Qigong.
T’ai Chi and Qigong have the added benefit of being accessible to individuals with all levels of fitness and health. Many organizations around the country offer T’ai Chi classes to cancer patients and survivors, in which participants perform movements from a seated position.
Whether you are looking for help with a health problem, or simply ‘going for the glow,’ T’ai Chi and Qigong offer an easy way to get your body’s energy moving in the right direction.