Tai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan) is the full name for what most people refer to as Tai Chi.
Tai Chi means ‘The Supreme Ultimate’ and encompasses philosophical and spiritual concepts.
The term ‘Chuan’, although translating as ‘fist’ or ‘boxing’ actually means ‘Martial techniques’.
A traditional mind/ body exercise Tai Chi uses slow sets of body movements and controlled breathing and is done to improve balance, flexibility, muscle strength and overall health, it is helpful in achieving physical and mental relaxation while at the same time strengthening the cardiovascular and immune systems.
Besides the overall fitness benefits and stress reduction aspects, regular Tai Chi sessions are said to lower blood pressure and to benefit arthritis sufferers and those recovering from an injury or rehabilitating their hearts.
"Studies have shown that Tai Chi improves balance, agility, flexibility, muscle tone and bone density. It may also help reduce stress and blood pressure".