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Tai Chi can make the mind sharper

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Harvard Medical School publication reports that Tai Chi can make the mind sharper.

Earlier this year a report in Healthbeat a publication of Harvard Medical School claimed that Tai Chi improve cognitive function and allows a sharper mind. It reported that changes in brain function start at around age 50. These can affect memory and thought processes such as being able to perform multiple tasks, process information rapidly and focus on details. By age 70 one in six people has mild cognitive impairment, which may progress to Alzheirmer’s disease.

It further stated that up until 20 years ago, it was believed that the brain only produced new cells early in life. However, recent research show that the brain has the ability to change throughout an entire life span, growing new cells, making new connections and even increasing in size. These changes improve cognition.

A meta-analysis of 20 studies on Tai Chi and cognition, showed Tai Chi to improve the ability to perform multiple tasks, process information rapidly and focus on details in people without any cognitive decline. In those with mild cognitive impairment, Tai Chi slowed the progression to dementia more than other types of exercise and improved thought processes.

In one study, researchers had nearly 400 Chinese men and women with some cognitive impairment perform either Ti Chi or a stretching and toning program three times a week. After one year, the Tai Chi group showed greater improvements and only 2% progressed to dementia.

In another study, Tai Chi outperformed walking. After 40 weeks of either Tai Chi, walking, social interaction or no intervention, researchers compared MRI images and found that brain volume increased the most in the Tai Chi Group. They also performed better on cognitive tests.


The 2018 International Forum in Health Qigong

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Final details and program of The 2018 International Forum in Health Qigong Melbourne.

The final program and Health Qigong exponents from China coming to Melbourne for the forum.

21 – 22 April 2018, Melbourne.

Full program details and booking form here.

Effects of Health Qigong and Parkinson’s Disease

Saturday, February 17, 2018

A repost of the article on relieving symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease to coincide with the forum coming up in April.

This research was conducted by three researchers from the Beijing Sport University, Texas A&M University and University of Texas at Tyler.

Link to the original article here Link to the article

Or download a pdf of the article below:

Effects of Health Qigong Exercises on Relieving Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease Effects of Health Qigong Exercises on Relieving Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease (1546 KB)

Qigong at Federation Square

TCA Celebrating Australia Day 2018

Friday, January 19, 2018

We will be doing Tai Chi between 11.00am and 3pm, Friday 26 January 2018, at Kings Domain Gardens in the Melbourne CBD.

For the past 12 years TCA has been involved in the Australia Day Celebrations. All TCA students and their friends, relatives and public are very welcome to come along to join us for fun, revision of what they have learned or just try something different if you have never experienced Tai Chi before.

We will have a cordoned-off area central to all of the activities. See the map below for the location (blue marker) or ask one of the RACV Help Staff where to find us.

You can also download a map showing the exact location below:

Australia Day 2018 map Australia Day 2018 map (1771 KB)

We look forward to seeing you there.