I've been practicing Tai Chi with one of the world's foremost practitioners and teachers of authentic Tai Chi since 2008. I can honestly say it has done wonders for my bio-mechanical health.
Through the practice of Tai Chi, I gradually realised that I was holding my body with a huge amount of tension within, and this had over the years literally pulled my body out of its most neutral and efficient alignment.
It is my belief that many of the chronic issues suffered by musicians due to long hours of playing, are exacerbated by such underlying patterns of holding and tension in the body. Further, without sufficient body awareness, the hours of repetitive practice can likely make the unconscious tension worse, trapping the body in a downward spiral of sub-optimal function, degeneration, and pain.
These chronic physical difficulties can lead to the loss of joy in playing, long term health and mobility issues, and can have a significant detrimental effect on the career. Though not a musician myself, I have witnessed many musicians benefit greatly from Tai Chi, and experience significant alleviation of symptoms.
Through the practice of Tai Chi, you can first discover, and then unlearn these unconscious holding patterns in your musculature and fascia. Through this process, you can release your body from its self created prison, and from this newly discovered space of relaxation and poise, open up your full potential as a musician.