Tai Chi is an art. One who practices Tai Chi is actually directing the movement of the internal, invisible energy of Chi throughout the entire body. The swimming, weaving motions of Tai Chi soothe tired, over-stimulated nerves and loosen tense muscles. Tai Chi has the therapeutic effect of slowing down the mind and refreshing the body. Tai Chi is used by the Chinese to treat conditions of stress, depression, mental strain, listlessness, chronic indigestion, insomnia, arthritis, rheumatism, obesity, and sciatica.
Chi is subtle vitality. It animates all the processes of the body and stimulates the creativity of the mind. It is the invisible, protective and defensive energy of the body and is diffused throughout the body, where it warms the flesh, regulates the pores, maintains the complexion, and protects bones and joints.