T'ai Chi for Seniors: How to Gain Flexibility, Strength, and Inner Peace

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This book gives you all the information you need to undertake a safe, health-improving exercise regimen. These ancient Chinese exercises are fun and low impact and help to alleviate the pains of arthritis, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, and many other "senior" diseases.

The book presents an overview of the practice of t'ai chi-from the principles of the movements to the history of the art itself. It discusses various positions and helps you understand what you can hope to...

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Overview

This book gives you all the information you need to undertake a safe, health-improving exercise regimen. These ancient Chinese exercises are fun and low impact and help to alleviate the pains of arthritis, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, and many other "senior" diseases.

The book presents an overview of the practice of t'ai chi-from the principles of the movements to the history of the art itself. It discusses various positions and helps you understand what you can hope to accomplish. Plus, methods outlined in this guide can be performed standing or seated with no previous experience necessary, and taking into consideration limited range of movement.

All exercises are presented in an easy-to-learn style, with true stories illustrating the benefits that other mature adults have gained from these practices. Whether you are just beginning t'ai chi or simply looking for a supplemental text to use out of class, this your guide.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564146977
  • Publisher: Career Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2003
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 214,238
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I Living in the Past 9
Chapter 1 What is T'ai Chi, and Why Should I Care? The Basics 11
Chapter 2 Hey, That Feels Good! The Benefits of Practicing T'ai Chi 21
Chapter 3 T'ai Chi's Little Sister: Qigong Basics 33
Chapter 4 On Your Mark, Get Set, Relax! Preparing for T'ai Chi Play 43
Part II Living in the Present 57
Chapter 5 Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Dem Cold Bones: Warm-Up Exercises 59
Chapter 6 Flow Like a River: Qigong Exercises 69
Chapter 7 Shall We Dance? Standing T'ai Chi Exercises 111
Chapter 8 We All Stand Up, We All Sit Down: Seated Adaptations of T'ai Chi and Qigong 123
Part III Living in the Future 133
Chapter 9 Swimming in Serenity: Meditation Exercises 135
Chapter 10 Paging Dr. Chi: T'ai Chi in the Rehabilitation Setting 149
Chapter 11 Tao Now, Brown Cow: Taoism: The Philosophy of T'ai Chi 163
Chapter 12 Take Two Lizards and Call Me in the Morning: Traditional Chinese Medicine and T'ai Chi 177
Conclusion So, When Do I Get My Black Belt? Intermediate and Advanced T'ai Chi and Qigong 199
Index 205
About the Author 213
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