Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. This one hour class involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing. Tai Chi body conditioning is a slow, gentle and continuous stretching that increases the body’s range of motion while improving muscle and soft tissue tone and resilience. Daily practice can begin to counter the long-term effects of chronic stress, tension and pain that many people carry. Tai Chi stimulates the central nervous system, lowers blood pressure, relieves stress and gently tones muscles without strain. Traditional Chinese Medicine teaches that illness is caused by blockages or lack of balance in the body's chi. Tai Chi is believed to restore balance to this energy flow.