What kinds of Martial arts integrate
Qigong and Tai Chi are two types of martial
arts that can improve our relaxation skills. The martial art
Qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system that combines
physical training (such as isometrics, isotonics, and aerobic
conditioning) with Eastern philosophy and relaxation techniques.
There are many different kinds of Qigong, including medical
Qigong. Some forms are practiced while standing, sitting, or
lying down; others involve structured movements or massage. Over
70 million Chinese practice some form of Qigong daily. Qigong
has been used for centuries in China for the treatment of a
variety of medical conditions. Learning Qigong involves time,
commitment, patience, and determination, and learning from a
master or group is advisable. Since this technique involves
physical exertion, check with your doctor before beginning,
particularly if you have a chronic medical condition or are over
40 years old.
Like Qigong, Taichi is a Chinese martial art. It has been termed
a kind of "meditation in motion" and is characterized by soft,
flowing movements that stress precision and force. Also known as
Tai Chi Chuan, this methods is thousands of years old. As with
Qigong, training from a master is necessary to learn the art of
Taichi. Again, since motion and force are required, check with
your doctor before beginning training.