Studies have associated Tai Qi with reduced stress & depression, better balance & coordination, stronger bones, improved immunity, relief from pain (including arthritis, back pain & fibromyalgia) and lower blood pressure. The slow, even pace of Qi promotes longevity by lowering your heart rate, which in turn slows down the aging process. The turning of the waist gently massages your internal organs so that they function more efficiently. The constant shifting of weight from one foot to the other regulates blood pressure. The circular movement lubricates your joints.
Qigong is a holistic system of coordinated body posture and movement, breathing, and meditation used for health, spirituality, and martial arts training. With roots in Chinese medicine, philosophy and martial arts, Qigong is traditionally viewed as a practice to cultivate and balance Qi (pronounced: chi), translated as "life energy".
Unlike Tai Chi, Qigong can be practiced in standing or seated with relatively little space needed to perform the exercise, Qigong is also especially well suited for those with mobility issues.