The benefits of Tai Chi’s slow movement

In today’s fast-paced world, it is good for our minds and bodies to slow down.  Moving slowly is a key Tai Chi principle.  Allowing time for mind and body to connect and ‘tuning in’ to the breath relieves stress and aids relaxation.  Slow movement has many physiological benefits too: it builds the muscles which support joints and spine, helping to maintain proper posture and improving flow of blood and oxygen to muscles, ligaments, and tendons; it engages the connective tissue around the muscles and organs within the body, which fast movement does not; it allows the joints to be correctly aligned, making movement easier and less likely to cause pain or injury.  Mindful stepping, along with body awareness, good posture and proper alignment helps to improve balance.