In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and culture, qi (ch'i) is believed to be the vital force forming part of any living entity - both Tai Chi and Qigong (Chi Kung) incorporate qi, for energy flow and life force. Qigong is health exercise with a gentle approach and involves coordinated breathing, movement, and awareness (proprioception) - its forms are medical, meditation and martial. Tai Chi forms and movements are more complex and take time to learn and put into practice. Involving slow, relaxing movements - both Tai Chi and Qigong are suitable for people of all fitness levels.
People who incorporate Tai Chi and/or Qigong into their daily lives experience physiological, physical and psychological benefits - with longitudinal medical research reporting positive results in weight loss, stroke rehabilitation, relaxation, postural control and pain management.