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Tai Chi for Panic Attack Symptoms

Tai Chi is another popular traditional Chinese medicine that can be used for panic attack symptoms.  It uses relaxation techniques that anyone can use, irrespective of their health problems.

What is Tai Chi?

tai chi for healthy living It is sometimes called ‘meditation in motion’ although many of its followers, who have seen its amazing benefits, might call it ‘medication in motion’. Tai Chi, together with Gigong, is a mind-body practice that originated in ancient China as a ‘soft’ martial art. Today it is becoming increasingly popular in the West as a means of stress management, exercise, and healthy living. For this reason it can be used to treat panic attack symptoms.

Tai Chi follows a series of controlled movements or postures, designed to harmonize the circulation of “chi” around the body. “Chi” is a term from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) used to describe an energy flow that pervades the universe and sustains the living beings within it. “Yin” and “yan” are regarded by TCM as the 2 essential forces of the universe.  Both complement each other completely and together form a perfect whole.  “Chi” circulates around the body to maintain the balance of “yin” and “yan”. When the flow of “chi” is disrupted, illness occurs.  By regularly practicing Tai Chi, you can strengthen and improve “chi” for heathy living.

What is Involved?

 tai chi and health and fitness for panic attackTai Chi is a safe, low-impact, slow motion, weight-bearing, aerobic exercise, (although relaxing). As you move, you breathe deeply and naturally, focusing your attention through meditation on your bodily sensations. Unlike most exercises, its movements are usually circular and never forced, the muscles are relaxed rather than tense, the joints are not fully extended or bent, and connective tissues are not stretched.  In other words, anyone can practice it, including the elderly, those on wheelchairs, those recovering from surgery and those suffering from depression.

Tai Chi usually starts with a five to 10 minute warm-up of easy motions where you focus on your breathing and body, awakening the flow of “chi”.  You then progress through a series of movements while you focus on your breathing and posture.  These movements will often last 25-30 minutes. Finally you end with a five to 10 minute cool-down using relaxation techniques.

Generally it is practised outdoors to take advantage of the surrounding energy of nature. Because you will be moving your body it is best to choose loose-fitting clothes that don’t restrict your movements.  You can practice barefoot or in comfortable, flexible shoes and you don’t need any fancy equipment.  You can practice standing, sitting or lying down.

Benefits

Although Tai Chi is slow and gentle, and unlike other aerobic exercises, doesn’t leave you breathless, it has a wide range of benefits, including treatment for panic attack.  These include:

  • Improved core strength, conditioning, coordination and flexibility – improvement in both lower-body and upper-body strength
  • Reduced pain and stiffness
  • Better balance and lower risk of falls
  • Better sleep because of its calming and relaxing nature
  • Greater awareness and better wellness – synchronizes the musculoskeletal and nervous systems

Treatment for Panic Attack Symptoms

Because of its calming and relaxation abilities, Tai Chi is useful for conditions caused by stress and anxiety, such as panic attacks.  By ensuring that you primarily focus on performing the body movements with grace and poise, you exercise the body and clear the mind – perfect for treatment for panic attack symptoms.

Special Considerations

tai chi for healthy living

If you have a limiting musculoskeletal problem or medical condition, or take medications that make you dizzy or lightheaded, it is best to check with your doctor before you start.  Chances are that the doctor will encourage you to try it because its gentle nature and safety record make it one of the best relaxation techniques for panic attacks.

 

Where Do I Go to Learn?

It is possible to learn yourself using the books and videos that are available.  However, most practitioners recommend that you join a class and learn from an experienced teacher who is able to guide you accordingly. If you are unsure if it is for you, consider observing a class and talk to the instructor. Ask them for advice on treatment for panic attack.

This is one of the best relaxation techniques available. Its gentle nature makes it easy to practice by anyone, no matter what level of fitness.  Tai chi does not follow the ‘no pain, no gain’ philosophy of many other forms of exercise.  In fact, if it hurts, you are trying too hard.  It is a wonderful form of mental and physical stimulation and great for overall health.  Like yoga, iti is great for stress reduction and relaxation. Enjoy its peaceful movements to promote your own healthy living and for panic attack symptoms.

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