[Qualitative research of the elderly real experience of long-term adherence to Tai Chi exercise].

Author: Qiao X, Hao YF.
Nursing College, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100102, China; E-mail: haoyufang0903@sina.com.
Conference/Journal: Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Xue Bao.
Date published: 2012 Dec
Other: Volume ID: 10 , Issue ID: 12 , Pages: 1388-93 , Special Notes: [Article in Chinese] doi: 10.3736/jcim20121209 , Word Count: 237

To explore the experience of the process of Tai Chi exercise
The study was conducted in a local park in Beijing of China where varying numbers of community members gathered to practice Tai Chi every day. Volunteers meeting the inclusion and exclusion criteria were recruited after signed an informed consent form. In-depth interview and the participatory observation were used to know of the real feeling of practicing Tai Chi. The qualitative data obtained from the interviews were analyzed by using Colaizzi seven-step method to find the subjects.
Six volunteers having a long-time Tai Chi exercise were recruited in this qualitative study, and their real experience was summarized in the physiological level, psychological level, social level and cultural level. In the physiological level, Tai Chi improves the health and exercise of Tai Chi assists the elderly to develop good living habits. In the psychological level, Tai Chi practice guides the person to inner peace, relieves tension, improves depressive mood state, and makes the elderly regain self worth. In the social level Tai Chi is a good form of community practice. In the cultural level, Tai Chi roots in yin and yang culture and integrates internal and external exercises.
Tai Chi is good for body and mind health and the community of practice is very important for practitioners. Tai Chi gains popularity for its benefits to health and psychological adjustments, and its cultural connotation.
PMID: 23257131