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What is Therapy Taichi?


Master Lee Chan has been teaching Taichi to a wide variety of people in many different places for over 30 years. Over time, he has come to realize that traditional Taichi forms must be amended according to the age, the number of students, and the overall ability of a class. In 2010, the Korean National Healthcare Corporation proposed the creation of a new type of Taichi demonstration for the purpose of improving people’s health. In turn, Lee was asked by the Integrative Medicine Center of Korea University to participate in clinical Taichi demonstrations with patients suffering from hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, and other onset diseases. For these demonstrations, Master Lee Chan created a new taichi form called Therapy Taichi.
Students can benefit from Therapy Taichi as their teacher will stand at the front of the class. With traditional forms, people had to look side or back to see a teacher when they turn around side to side or back. You can exercise at the same time watching TV. It can be called “Looking Forward Taichi”.
Because traditional Taichi forms often disregard individual abilities, older or less able students can find themselves having a harder time keeping up. With Therapy Taichi, there are postures with increasing levels of difficulty. For example, the lower level of Therapy Taichi is for everyone, the medium level is for the younger people who have an interest in ‘push-hands,’ and the highest level is for the people who wish to practice ‘Shan-sui’. In addition, traditional Taichi requires more space especially with larger groups. Therapy Taichi allows students to practice in confined areas of shoulder-to-shoulder width. It is due to this characteristic that Therapy Taichi can even be called ‘Standing Taichi’.
The most important thing about Therapy Taichi is that it maintains symmetry, or a perfect balance between both sides of the body. If you move the right side of your body, a movement of the left side of the body follows. Repetition can and will greatly improve your bodily and mental health.

Update date 2012-07-31 17:33
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