A means of relaxation that involves the use of aquatic exercises, Ai Chi is available at some health spas. By using a combination of shiatsu, tai chi, and Watsu along with specially designed water exercises, Ai Chi promotes the use of slow movements and deep breathing to improve overall health.
Ai Chi should be practiced in a pool that is roughly shoulder deep. It uses the whole body in large, slow movements. The knees should be slightly bent and the body relaxed during all forms of exercises. The palms of your hands are turned down when you're exhaling and up when you're inhaling. Breathing correctly is of key importance as the aim is to increase oxygen consumption.
What are the benefits?
This non aggressive form of exercise is a mix of Eastern and Western techniques and is generally useful for improving your overall fitness. It is particularly good for easing pain in the muscles and joints and helps to greatly relieve stress and induce feelings of calmness and well being.
Ai Chi can improve balance, coordination, and ease of movement. It's very effective in increasing agility, mobility and blood circulation. It also has a positive impact on your metabolic rate and the efficiency of your liver functions. It can be practiced by both young and old and is a very relaxing way to work out without putting undue strain on your body.
By reducing stress levels, it can help with conditions such as insomnia, chronic fatigue and/or tension headaches. It has a positive effect on your neuromuscular systems and will leave you feeling calm as well as invigorated.