Movement Therapies: T'ai Chi and Dance Therapy Facts and Health Benefits
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Movement Therapies: T'ai Chi and Dance Therapy Facts and Health Benefits

Thought to have been developed to help convalescing warriors regain their strength, and still recommended for this purpose today, t\\\'ai chi is extensively practiced in China and elsewhere as a system of preventive health care, since it is widely accepted that 20 minutes of practice daily over a period of years can prolong youthful vigor and rejuvenate the body. Dance therapy exercises the body muscle control and, where aerobic, the function of the heart, lungs and circulation. It also releases repressed inner tensions and conflicts within people with mental and emotional problems, bringing them into conscious awareness and reducing their harmful influence.
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T'ai Chi Principles

T'ai chi is based on three main principles: qi, the universal life force; Taoism; and the yin yang principle. The most important of these is qi - stressing the internal power of a flexible body and calm mind.

Facts

T'ai Chi

Thought to have been developed to help convalescing warriors regain their strength, and still recommended for this purpose today, t'ai chi is extensively practiced in China and elsewhere as a system of preventive health care, since it is widely accepted that 20 minutes of practice daily over a period of years can prolong youthful vigor and rejuvenate the body. You can see people from all walks of life going through a particular movement sequence (generally out in the open) on the way to work, before lectures, in schools and during lunch breaks.

T'ai chi indisputably exercises every part of the body but the movements also conserve energy, because the sequences are economical, with no part of them being superfluous. The 108 basic movements are performed in a slow, calm, and aware manner in one of two possible consequences, the first containing over 100 movement units, and the second containing between 30 and 40.

Watching a t'ai chi master demonstrating the sequences is similar to watching a perfectly learned and choreographed ballet solo. A lot of work is required to master any such physical activity and to overcome the tendency to stumble, jerk, make swift or superfluous movements or simply forget what to do next. However, you will not feel exhausted or frustrated after an hour's lesson (which is usually carried out in a class or group) but, rather, energized and balanced, less stressed and more confident than before, with improved breathing, digestion and bowel movements, steadier nerves and more resilience to stress.

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Dance Therapy

Dance therapy exercises the body muscle control and, where aerobic, the function of the heart, lungs and circulation. It also releases repressed inner tensions and conflicts within people with mental and emotional problems, bringing them into conscious awareness and reducing their harmful influence.

With a little verbal encouragement and appropriate music, the most introverted person can usually be persuaded to express his inner turmoil, joys, and sorrows by acting them out bodily in time to drums, percussion or military band music, for example. Doing so translates these emotions into something more tangible than thoughts and feelings, which cannot be expressed verbally. Most music therapy teachers keep classes small enough for each client's needs to be dealt with adequately, starting from limbering-up exercises and often grouping clients in a ring and holding hands. This emphasizes intercommunication and being part of a whole at a physical level.

Total physical benefits are aimed at, with use being encouraged of every part of the body in whatever way the participants feel motivated. Suggestions may be made to jump up and down as you dance along, or curl up in a ball on the floor as soon as the music stops. Clients often elaborate these for their own self-expression, curling up in foetal distress, perhaps, or leaping up and down in rage, fear or joy.

Benefits

Dance therapy is an excellent way of getting rid of inner conflicts and adverse stress reactions, and, like yoga, is suitable for people of all ages, regardless of their state of fitness and ability. It also offers many of the benefits of music therapy.

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