In the spirit of bringing the readers of this modest little blog current research, in the public domain, that supports what all practitioners of Tai Chi and Qi Gong know - that is we feel better when we practice Tai Chi and feel that something is missing when we don't.
This little study researched people with brain injuries at a rehab centre in Nottingham. It sought to establish if there was an "improvement in perceived mood, self-esteem, flexibility, coordination, physical activity and social support".
There was a definite, self reported, improvement in mood, self-esteem. There was no improvement in physical functioning - the variables here are:
they only exercised 1 day a week for 8 weeks
the type of brain injury as the area of the brain damaged can affect so many different parts of the body including balance, muscle tone etc.
What I would like to see
I would like to see the study repeated using the following model of training session - 3 days a week for 8 weeks and then include improvement in balance and posture as parameters rather than the larger parameter of physical activity.
I am in discussions about starting a new class 9.30 am - 10.30 am in Sandy Bay - let me know if you are interested. You will have to right click to get the email address as both Chrome and Firefox will often block these pop-up windows.