Tai Chi for Arthritis uses gentle and slow movements to open up one’s energy channels, keeping them strong and supple. These gentle rhythmic movements also help to shift the nervous system into a state of relaxation, and pump energy throughout the whole body. Recent studies have found that this slow, graceful exercise, which originated centuries ago as a martial art, can improve balance, reduce stress and offer pain relief for arthritis. Medical authorities agree that exercise for people with arthritis should incorporate components that improve muscular strength (to support weakened joints), flexibility (for mobility) and fitness (to circulate fluids and for general well-being). Everything improves when you are more relaxed and feeling good about yourself. This practice is easy to learn and as it can be practiced sitting as well as standing, almost anyone, of any physical condition, can do it.