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The Harvard medical school guide to tai chi : 12 weeks to a healthy body, strong heart, and sharp mind
Wayne, Peter M.
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1st ed.
Publication Information:
Boston : Shambhala, 2013.
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xiii, 336 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Conventional medical science on the Chinese art of Tai Chi now shows what Tai Chi masters have known for centuries: regular practice leads to more vigor and flexibility, better balance and mobility, and a sense of well-being. Cutting-edge research from Harvard Medical School also supports the long-standing claims that Tai Chi also has a beneficial impact on the health of the heart, bones, nerves and muscles, immune system, and the mind. This research provides fascinating insight into the underlying physiological mechanisms that explain how Tai Chi actually works.

Dr. Peter M. Wayne, a longtime Tai Chi teacher and a researcher at Harvard Medical School, developed and tested protocols similar to the simplified program he includes in this book, which is suited to people of all ages, and can be done in just a few minutes a day.
Introduction: East meets West at Harvard medical school -- pt. 1. Tai chi and its essential elements -- The ancient promise of, and modern need for, tai chi -- The eight active ingredients of tai chi -- Put the principles into practice: a simplified tai chi program -- pt. 2. Proof of the promise: tai chi through the lens of modern science -- Improve your balance and bones -- Ease your aches and pains -- Strengthen your heart -- Deepen and enrich your breathing -- Sharpen your mind -- Enhance psychological well being and sleep quality -- pt. 3. Integrating tai chi into everyday life -- Tai chi for two -- Cross-train with tai chi -- On-the-job tai chi -- Enhance your creativity -- Lifelong learning with tai chi -- Afterword: Tai chi and 21st century medicine.
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