What is body movement?
Nonaerobic movement with controlled breathing may be done to help reduce stress and
anxiety often linked to disease and illness. The Eastern medicine body movement techniques
most well-known include Tai chi and yoga.
Tai chi is an ancient form of martial art. It is based on a Chinese belief system
of the health and spiritual benefits from practicing slow, graceful yet precise movements
coupled with rhythmic breathing. Tai chi is sometimes referred to as moving meditation.
Practitioners move their bodies slowly, gently, and with awareness, while breathing
deeply. It is well-suited for the elderly or those with balance difficulties.
Tai chi may help:
Decrease blood pressure
Increase stamina, muscle tone, and flexibility
Improve posture, balance, muscle mass, and strength, particularly in the elderly
Yoga is an ancient posturing and breathing technique originating from India. It uses
slow movement, meditation and breathing exercises to reach a state of relaxation.
Hatha yoga is common in the United States and Europe. It uses postures (asanas) and
breathing exercises (pranayama). Some of the other major styles of hatha yoga include
Iyengar, Ashtanga, Vini, Kundalini, and Bikram yoga.
Yoga may help: