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MS Related: Tai Chi has become a popular form of relaxation

Posted Jan 04 2010 12:00am
  • BY APRILL BRANDON - ABRANDON@VICAD.COM
  • Originally published January 3, 2010 at 10:21 p.m., updated January 4, 2010 at 6:37 a.m.

It's been referred to as meditation in motion. Dating back to ancient China, tai chi is a form of martial art that has been turned into an increasingly popular form of exercise.

"After doing tai chi, all the chi in your body circulates. Your hands should turn pink and you should be sweating a little bit," Tina Wu, who leads the class at the Healthplex, said. "You concentrate while doing it, connecting your body and mind. And after, you should feel good."

A 2007 survey by the National Center for Health Statistics and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that more than 2.3 million adults in the U.S. had used tai chi, which is a series of slow, graceful movements that flow into each other, within the past 12 months.

Numerous studies have also shown various health benefits of tai chi, which no one knows better than Wu.

About nine years ago, Wu lost her brother, and during the grieving process, she began to have severe chronic back pain, as well as a fast heartbeat and eventually symptoms of what her doctor thought initially could be multiple sclerosis.

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