Thinking about addiction recovery can be overwhelming. With so much uncertainty, it can feel like an uphill battle. Getting to an introspective place of peace and self-assurance takes time, faith, trust … and alternative methods of healing.
At TTC Care in Southern Florida, we know how much the recovery process can hurt. No one said it would be easy. What we can say, though, is that it’s well worth it.
Learning new ways to enjoy life and love yourself is part of what we offer through holistic therapies at TTC Care. Tai chi therapy practiced during the formal treatment process improves the recovery experience for a lifetime.
The Benefits of Exercise and Tai Chi
Exercise, in general, is helpful to most people, as it ignites the senses and prompts endorphin release in the body to help attain emotional balance. Physical fitness has shown to reduce stress and enhance mood, and it is beneficial to those committed to removing the toxicity of addiction. It’s also extremely helpful to patients with a dual diagnosis.
Known as meditation in motion, tai chi is a slow, graceful and artful form that blends exercise and purposeful meditation. It is readily available to anyone desiring to be more fit, requiring little to no:
- Physical impact
- Physical strength
Tai Chi Puts an Emphasis on the Individual
Rooted in ancient Chinese tradition as a form of self-defense, tai chi emphasizes the realm of “flow.” Through a slow and easy progression of one pose to another in fluid succession, patients can transcend from a state of stress to tranquility – where motion is balanced with methodical breathing.
There are various styles of tai chi, depending on the purpose of the exercise – some for health benefits while others concentrate on the martial arts elements.
The meditative aspects of tai chi provide an interesting paradox. It can be carried out by the participant alone or with a group. However, in both cases, tai chi creates a sacred space where each person enjoys a peaceful existence almost unaware that there are others nearby.
Tai Chi Holistic Healing Boosts Self-Esteem
Eastern culture has long known how the practice of tai chi furthers the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of all who partake. Over the years, as the interest in this exercise grew in Western culture, the scientific community took note and began to examine it further in efforts to uncover evidence of its health benefits.
Many clinical studies have been carried out with results drawing attention to tai chi for its advantages in treating social and psychological issues that can manifest in mental illness.
Some of the ways tai chi has been shown to improve human behavior include:
- Promoting relaxation
- Reducing anxiety
- Reducing depression
- Reducing ill confidence
- Improving overall mood
- Promoting overall outlook
- Supporting healthy social interaction
Tai Chi Guidance at TTC Care
As our patients advance from the detox, inpatient and outpatient stages of treatment to long-term recovery, tai chi is a healthy habit that continues to support their newfound sober lifestyle.
The TTC Care team is happy to work tai chi into a comprehensive recovery plan for you or your loved one. All guided tai chi sessions are held here at our expansive facility in the West Palm Beach area. To learn more, get in touch with our friendly admissions counselors today.