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KEY FEATURES: Material based on empirical findings as well as first-hand experiences makes the book a valuable resource for both guiding and inspiring readers. Connection of current debates with an analysis of the cultural healing practices of Far East Asian communities provides a critical point of departure for highlighting challenges and transformations within the field of health and mental health. Discussion of a range of issues makes the book relevant to scholars, researchers, practitioners, and students in training in the various health and mental health fields, as well as mental health clinicians, nurses, doctors, psychiatrists, counselors, psychotherapists, social workers, and others. Exploration of research, theories, and practices extends beyond Asian groups to include all types of patients, clients, and groups. Chapter-ending discussion questions prompt readers ...

Tai Chi and Meditation
15 Tai chi and meditation
Paul Posadzki Samantha Jacques

From the Western sciences perspective, the ancient Chinese martial art of Tai Chi (TC) can be classified as mind–body technique that is used to increase an individual’s health and well-being. TC consists of gentle, slow movements that can be readily used by the elderly and medically compromised individuals.1 The training is low impact and involves the coordination of diaphragmatic breathing with graceful motions to achieve tranquility of mind.2 TC is a popular form of exercise throughout the world and has drawn increasing research interest from international scientists. In addition, more attention is being paid to TC in clinical settings for its health benefits. As ...

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