Educational Professionals’ Perceptions Of The Health Benefits Of T’ai Chi Chih® Discipline
One hundred seventeen (N=117) education professionals completed a 15 hour T’ai Chi Chih® (TCC) professional development experience followed by four weeks of individual practice. Qualitative data of salient perceptions of health benefits were collected from participants after four weeks of practice. One hundred ninety one pages of narrative were reduced by commonality statements into five major themes. Themes included: (1) general physical benefits, (2) psychological/mental benefits, (3) physical ailments benefits, (4) spiritual awareness benefits, and (5) social benefits. A discussion of TCC as a powerful method of eliciting the Relaxation Response is proposed as one explanation for these benefits. Implications are stated in terms of future directions for quantitative investigations into the benefits of TCC as a behavioral intervention of school personnel.