Explore the health and wellbeing issues concerning Tai Chi and travel health.
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Learn about Tai Chi and Travel Health In approximately 496 BC, a young Tai Chi practitioner called Nuyu explained to king Georgian of China the benefits of her system of continuous flowing mindful movements. These days near Chia is known as Tai-chi and is practiced the world over by people of all ages. They are many varieties of Thai Chi now, yeng, chen, and wu style to name but a few but the principles remain the same. Through a sequence of flowing movements, you will greatly enhance blood circulation, boost your immunity and gently stretch and tone the muscles as you shift your weight from leg to leg. But aside from the obvious physical benefits, Thai Chi also works on another level. According to traditional Chinese medicine, the body is not purely material. It has an energy component. Your energy body is made up of 12 main channels, cold meridians and numerous minor tripe tries. When energy gets blocked in one of these channels, it manifest as disease in the physical body. The energy body and physical body regulate each other. A deficiency in one leads to a deficiency in the other. Thai Chi is in employed to keep Chi or universal energy flowing unimpeded through the channels. Thus nourishing organs, muscles, and joints, this is such a gentle relaxing form of exercise; you’ll come away feeling refreshed and energized. Not at all exhausted or depleted. As you carry the tiger to the mountain, step up to seven stars and grasps with the sparrow’s tail. You will hardly even notice that you're exercising. Mindfulness is a large component in Thai Chi. focusing on your movements; you will learn to distinguish between different flavors of energy. Here is yang, the masculine doing energy, here lays Yin, the feminine creative potential energy ready to burst forth and transform. You will find the stillness in the movement and the movement in the stillness. It’s a cosmic game of energy opposites that finds it expression in you. Every thing is in a constant state of flux, every type of energy eventually turns into its opposite as you move from young to old. Thai Chi can help you dance through the change. The suitcase is packed. You’ve got your tickets, the cat is at Grand’s, and you're off on your dream holiday. Not to put a damper on the holiday atmosphere or anything but did you know that 50% of old travelers fall ill once done a foreign shores. Have you remembered to take health concerns of your mental checklist? First of all, there's the getting their part, if you're prone to altitudes sickness, make sure you packed your medications and ginger. On long flights it maybe advisable to wear compressions stockings to avoid deep vein thrombosis. You don’t want to spend the return flight in a wooden box in the cargo compartment. Have you packed the right clothes for your holiday climate? The sun is a killer and most people would no experience of tropical climates are surprised to how swiftly they burn and dehydrate. Slather yourself in 30 plus sunscreen; wear long cotton shirts and pants and a sensible hat unless you want a lovely melanoma as a memento of your visit to paradise. Malaria is on the rise as mosquitoes evolve resistance to drugs and pesticides. Once again, cover up in the tropics and take prophylactic medications. Tommy bugs are a biggie among travelers almost half of all travel illness has experienced are gastro intestinal, pack the bottled water and purify tablets along with the lonely planet guide and bon voyage. Beginners might fair bliss with the simple 12 or 24 steps Thai Chi sequence but there are over 100 steps to learn for an upcoming Thai Chi masters.