Sander Yoga Therapy

& Tai Chi

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More Tai Chi

I have spent time speaking of the somatic/bodily feeling of Chi flow, and this is in addition to another type of “flow” that can be experienced through Tai Chi: the sense of losing track of time while performing activities that seem to be a great match for you in both challenge and enjoyment. In addition, these flow type activities also seem to require a level of focus which decreases bothersome thoughts.


But there are many other benefits of Tai Chi practice.

Tai Chi works to improve the perception of peri-personal space (what’s around you, what can you reach, what should you avoid) and the environment at large (what’s coming, what’s here, what’s there). The novel positions and movements combined with the focused self-awareness of Tai Chi help to add to your bank of responses, and may help preserve and awaken motor patterns. This may facilitate improved safety response, and increased quality of movement broadly. All new movements may not transfer directly to different functional motions, but Tai Chi teaches the system to learn better, and to keep record of alternatives.


Many of our clients may perform general tasks at a moderate level by rote, so sometimes it is only through our requests for isolated movement responses that we may see the challenges that are faced by those with varying forms of impairment in proprioception and kinesthesia. These senses have an interrelated relationship and register the status of the body including strength of movement, position of body parts, sense of balance, and the ability to feel movement. For example, one may be able to reach for something in a cupboard by rote, but be unable to respond to a request to move the elbow, or extend the wrist. Some of these limitations may be improved by Tai Chi, as it creates a focused and quiet environment for the body to teach itself, and to remember itself. 


These comments are based on over 20 years of teaching Tai Chi to help address decreased motor responses and to provide methods to facilitate somatic/bodily learning. Throughout history, it has been a special challenge to find the essential/necessary or “active” elements in wellness endeavors. Although we may see modalities work, we need to remain open to increased investigation regarding the actual “active elements” in our practices. What is it that causes these positive changes in our clients? What should we remember to provide in our health seeking encounters with our patients, clients, and students? For those interested, look with discernment to find the many active elements provided by Tai Chi that facilitate improved well-being.