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A large part of centering oneself while
fighting cancer is finding that one thing that makes you content and calm. Tai
Chi is a practice that involves centering the mind and body, while pushing
yourself to the limit. Slow-motion choreography is part of this practice, and
you will slowly link the mind to the body for optimal relaxation and reparative
Getting Started With Tai Chi
It is never too late to start a Tai Chi
routine. Whether you are newly diagnosed with cancer or in remission, you can
begin at any time. Start by doing five to 10 minutes of Tai Chi per day. The
purpose of Tai Chi is to allow each movement to flow into the next. Constant
motion is ideal, but beginners may not be able to maintain as much movement.
Choose a style that interests you. Each style
has different principles and methods, and can help people of different
backgrounds. Some forms focus on a martial arts aspect, which can be excellent
for sharpening your fighter skills.
Tai Chi is also low impact, which makes it
perfect for those that are weakened by cancer treatment. Even those undergoing cancer
treatments for mesothelioma will be able to work with this. Older cancer
patients will find that this practice doesn’t hurt the joints, bones or
Tai Chi costs very little to learn. If you
opt for a private instructor, it will cost more. It can be done indoors,
outdoors, in groups or alone. A simple DVD is enough to teach you the basics so
you can practice on your own.
Cancer treatments can cause more pain than
cancer itself. This fitness routine relieves chronic pain, improves sleep
quality and increases energy and agility. It’s an all around beneficial
practice to enliven the body and feel stronger while fighting cancer.
Centering The Mind And Body
Tai Chi is meditative. Meditation has been
proven to relieve stress and improve quality of life. For those that have
cancer, this is a major plus and can be life altering. Practicing Tai Chi often
will provide sustained health benefits, but it will also provide immediate
feelings of health and vitality.
Don't worry if it is awkward at first, it
will quickly become your favorite fitness activity as you start to feel the
powerful healing effects of Tai Chi.