Managing Meniere’s Disease by Managing Stress: Tai Chi

Those with Meniere's Disease get great results from stress reduction practices like tai chi

For over 2000 years, tai chi continues to be one of the most popular and effective exercise programs on the planet because of a number of health benefits it provides. It is a gentle physical exercise which is composed of a defined series of movements and postures.  These are executed in a slow and graceful manner without pausing. Performing this gentle yet powerful exercise brings improvements in the general health of an individual.

The most common styles of tai chi include chen, zhao bao, wu, yang, sun and hao. Each style varies in intensity and speed.  It cannot be denied that tai chi is one of the natural, holistic and effective methods to deal with stress. Other benefits of tai chi include increased flexibility, improved muscle definition and strength.  You can also gain increased stamina, agility and energy and more importantly, reduction of anxiety, depression and stress.

Stress can be beneficial to the body but too much stress can cause an individual to suffer from a number of disturbing symptoms.  Stress attacks a body at its weakest part.  That may be your ear and cause problems like Meniere’s disease.  

Today, tai chi is considered to be an effective method in managing stress and reducing the occurrence of its symptoms. Even the western societies now recognize the power of tai chi as a stress reduction method. 

Basically, tai chi works by conditioning the body and mind to achieve inner peace and calmness. It is considered as a ‘meditation in motion’ because it connects the mind and body and promotes serenity through the execution of gentle postures and movements. A performer of tai chi puts emphasis on the inflow of energy, relaxation and concentration to benefit the human body.

Tai chi movements are often executed in circular motion because it embodies both inactivity and activity which is represented by yin and yang, respectively. Tai chi is all about balancing the chi or the breath energy. Furthermore, advocates of this health exercise believe that stress is actually an expression of imbalance in the body. Hence, as tai chi provides balance in the body, it follows that tension and stress are also reduced. Tai chi is also capable of deepening breathing, reducing muscle tensions and improving postures which make it an effective mean to reduce the level of emotional stress.

A number of studies revealed that tai chi is really an effective mean of stress reduction. It reduces the stress by increasing the vitality of every cell that comprises the body. It is also capable of improving the mood and positively affects the quality of life of an individual. It provides a renewing feeling, deep relaxation and self sufficiency.  If you would like to read some of the research, go to Google Scholar and type in “tai chi stress.”

The harmonious and continuous flow of relaxed movements of tai chi promotes deep physical relaxation that helps the body obtain a relaxation response and completely eliminate stress toxins. This results to a reduced anxiety and cortisol production. Furthermore, the gentle coordination of movements of the upper and lower extremities of the body paired with deep breathing also result to achievement of internal and physical balance which is effective in reducing stress.

Please remember to fill out our Meniere’s disease survey if you have not already done so.  Next month, I will roll out the results of the survey.

Tai Chi to Combat Stress

Tai chi is a Chines martial art. While first developed for self-defense, it has evolved into a form of exercise consisting of slow, graceful movements. Many people have adopted it as a form of stress reduction. The Mayo Clinic is one of many health organizations that has endorsed it as a method of stress management.

Tai chi is a low-impact exercise, making it appealing to people of all ages. It consists of a series of balanced postures that flow into each other smoothly. Tai chi combines slow, gentle movements with breathing and meditation. It puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, which reduces the risk of injury or muscle soreness.

Tai chi classes are easy to find, as they are popular in most city government-sponsored recreation programs, gyms and senior citizen centers.