Tai Chi and Qigong – Benefits to the Immune System
As well as its many other benefits, it has been suggested by experts that the regular practice of Tai Chi and Qigong has positive effects on your immune system.
Specialists have hypothesised that the slow, gliding movements and controlled breathing associated with Tai Chi and Qigong combine as a powerful force against diseases and the storing of toxins within the body.
With the ongoing pandemic still affecting many aspects of our life, we are all looking for a way to live as healthily as possible in a way to try and combat the virus. If you’re looking for a way to boost your immune system, continue reading to find out how attending our Tai Chi classes in London and Kent could be the solution you are looking for.
‘Quiet’ Your Nervous System
Tai Chi and Qigong are practices that combine gentle exercise with relaxation and mindfulness.
By attending our London and Kent Tai Chi classes regularly, it has been suggested by experts that your enhanced T-cell activity will work to ‘quiet’ the nervous system’s responsiveness, which could inhibit your immune system.
There has been lots of research conducted into the link between practising Tai Chi and Qigong and boosting the effectiveness of a vaccine (here's an example relating to the Influenza jab).
The relaxing and meditative nature of the Tai Chi exercises have also been proven to be valuable against diseases that don’t have a vaccine, as chronic stress can be a cause of immune system breakdown.
Bolster Your Lymphatic System
Another way that practising Tai Chi and Qigong can benefit your immune system is that they can bolster your lymphatic system.
The lymphatic system is the part of the immune system assigned to fight infections – when lymph gets backed up, it cannot flow properly, meaning waste cannot get drained from your cells, providing an ideal environment for bacteria and disease to thrive.
A lack of exercise is one of the main causes of your lymphatic system not operating as efficiently as it should. Studies have shown that the regular practice of gentle Tai Chi and Qigong is a great way to enhance the lymphatic system, getting it pumping again and removing toxins from the body.
Enhance Oxygen Saturation
Oxygen deficiency is something that some of us begin to deal with as we get older, which can lead to an age-related decline in the efficiency of the immune system.
Tai Chi and Qigong classes have been shown to enhance the blood’s oxygen saturation through slow meditative exercises and deep-controlled breathing.
During our classes in London and Kent, we will practice these steady movements, teaching you correct breathing methods and techniques, in turn, working to improve your immune system which can be particularly beneficial during influenza season (winter months) and for the ongoing pandemic.
Book Your Tai Chi and Qigong Class Today
Whatever your age or ability, we welcome all that are looking to start their Tai Chi journey.