A doctoral thesis at the University of Murcia discusses the beneficial effects of Tai Chi and Qigong for stress reduction
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The doctoral dissertation at the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Murcia by Jesus Carrillo has proven Vigueras martial arts Taiji Quan (Tai Chi) and Qigong are ways to manage stress in the short and medium term, and the retention time of its positive effects on mental health.
During the investigation, a total of 458 public employees, chosen for their high level of work stress, treatment underwent theoretical and practical training of one month based on these techniques, after which experienced workers a substantial improvement in their psychological health and adequate control of perceived stress, returning to healthy population numbers.
Also, participants who took a second treatment started from a level of stress two points below what his peers had, confirming the permanence of the effects observed in the first intervention.
Study, led by Professors Maria Dolores Flores Bienert, Gregorio and Manuel Vicente Gómez López Nicolás, states in its conclusions the high level of stress they are under public employees in their jobs and that the lower prevalence among workers with healthy lifestyles.
It was also found that women feel more stress than men and that this affects them much more, not by gender but by the continuity of work at home.
Another remarkable aspect of the research is that people usually did not perform any physical activity discovered these techniques and felt the beneficial results of the same, as reported by the educational institution.
As a way to prevent spending on medical intervention, doctoral thesis also advocates use of Tai Chi and Qigong stress as a preventive strategy, which is described in the study as one of the most established psychosocial illness in the western world and responsible for many health problems.
The author indicates that the preference for this physical activity over other is due to the “Special characteristics in the use of breathing, also because it can be performed alone or in company anywhere, does not require specific equipment, the benefits obtained outweigh the risks in implementing, there is no competition between practitioners, activity is oriented to leisure and recreation and, last, is a time of relaxation and mental disconnect”.
Source: The Economist – Europa Press