Anthony Jean-Claude: Relaxation Techniques Using Tai Chi

May 11, 2013
In today’s busy world, Anthony Jean-Claude regards tai chi as one of the best ways to relax. The art was first developed in China as a form of self-defense. The gentle movements associated with the practice, however, have become almost meditative for many practitioners. Tai chi helps connect the body and mind, encouraging a sense of harmony in both. One of the essential elements of the art is breathing. Practitioners must inhale deeply and concentrate on the act of breathing in and out, which focuses the mind and consequently reduces stress and anxiety.

While focusing on their breathing, tai chi practitioners can undertake several different techniques for stress reduction. In one popular motion, the individual stands flat on the floor and then gently rocks backward and forward, allowing the heels and then the toes to leave the floor. This motion triggers the release of tension at several important pressure points. Another technique involves sitting or kneeling. The practitioner then imagines water running over his or her body and washing away stress and anxiety. In another technique, the individual lies supine and then focuses mental attention on each part of the body, starting with the head and going down to the feet, releasing pains and relaxing each part of the body one by one.

Anthony Jean-Claude pursues a physically active lifestyle. To maintain his mental and physical fitness, he practices the martial art krav maga, as well as tai chi.

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