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Tai chi consists of physical exercises based on principles of rhythmic movement, equilibrium of body weight, and effortless breathing designed to build chi (vital life energy). Originally developed as a martial art for self-defense, it is characterized by moving slowly and continuously without strain through a sequence of contrasting movements. Each movement develops from the last and flows into the oncoming movement. The objective of tai chi is to achieve health and tranquility through movement while developing the mind and body. Tai chi is good for people with FM and CFS because of the slowness of the exercises, which take the body very, very gently through a whole range of motions without engaging strong muscle contraction, like weightlifting does. This type of exercise does not create adrenaline in the body. People who have FM know that if they engage in physical exercises that produce adrenaline, their bodies have a difficult time processing it. (Source: Alternative Treatments for Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, by Mari Skelly and Andrea Helm.)

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