Atlanta, GA, March 11, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- On the last Saturday in April, (24th), people all over the world will observe World Tai Chi Day. Beginning at 10:00 a.m. in their local time zones, millions of practitioners of Tai Chi will celebrate the healing benefits associated with this martial art. By the end of the day the wave of Tai Chi will have circled the entire globe.
In Atlanta the Chinese Shaolin Centers, located in Norcross, Marietta and Intown at Virginia-Highland, will sponsor free demonstrations of Tai Chi. They will show how Tai Chi can help reduce stress, strengthen muscles, improve balance and flexibility, and enhance respiratory functions. Audience participation is invited, but not required.
Even though Tai Chi began as a martial art thousands of years ago, modern day health specialists are finding that Tai Chi is very relevant in today’s fast paced world. Studies have found that Tai Chi can benefit patients with arthritis, diabetes and heart failure; help prevent osteoporosis, reduce risk of falls in the elderly, lower blood pressure, increase physical functioning in people with Multiple Sclerosis and reduce symptoms of Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Tai chi is often described as "meditation in motion," but it might well be called "medication in motion." There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice, which originated in China as a martial art, has value in treating or preventing many health problems. And you can get started even if you aren't in top shape or the best of health.
“The Health Benefits of Tai Chi,” Harvard Health Publications, May 2009.
Because of the importance and relevance Tai Chi plays in overall health and well-being, the Chinese Shaolin Centers, which teach the original forms of Tai Chi, are sponsoring these events to show interested people how easy it is to practice this art. It is ideal for people of all health levels and ages. It is open to everyone and no reservation is required. Following the presentations, there will be time for questions and answers. For more information contact the individual schools (Intown: 404 872 3978 Marietta: 770 422 9250 Norcross: 770 409 4039) or log onto their website at www.shaolincenter.com
The Chinese Shaolin Centers have operated in the Atlanta since 1986 and teach Tai Chi, other internal arts and traditional Shaolin Kung Fu. With several schools and club programs around Metro Atlanta, and affiliate programs in other states, the Chinese Shaolin Centers form a community committed to life-long fitness, self-defense and mental well-being.