Tai Chi Classes

Tai Chi classes are held every Wednesday afternoon from 2-3pm at the Health Centre, lessons are with Rob Bowley costing £7 per class.

Please call Rob with any questions you may have on: 07796 545669

Benefits of Tai Chi

Originating in ancient China, Tai Chi is one of the most effective exercises for health of mind and body.

The movements are slow and gentle, and the degree of exertion can be easily adjusted, making it suitable for people of all levels of ability. It soon delivers its health benefits. For many, it continues as a lifetime journey.

Tai Chi has been shown to reduce stress significantly, leaving the practitioner relaxed but energised.

Although its movements are gentle and slow, it exercises the whole body resulting in more suppleness and flexibility of the joints.

Tai Chi stimulates the whole body both externally and more importantly internally, strengthening the immune system and revitalising your sense of wellbeing.

When practiced for health and fitness, the slow motion movements of Tai Chi give three main benefits. They improve physical movement, calm and release stress from the nerves and the mind and develop Qi or vital energy. Practitioners of Tai Chi have found that not only could Tai Chi help them recover from illness, it could also prevent them from becoming ill in the first place.

One of the reasons it is practiced slowly is that it enables you to consciously access how your mind, body and energy work.

Scientific studies have shown Tai Chi works to improve muscular strength, flexibility and fitness. Muscle strength is important for supporting and protecting joints and is essential for normal physical function. Flexibility exercises enable people to move easier, and facilitate circulation of body fluid and blood, which enhance healing. Fitness is important for overall functioning of the heart, lungs and muscles. In addition to these components, Tai Chi movements emphasise the importance of weight transferance, which helps balance and prevents falls.

The main benefits of practicing Tai Chi at a basic level are:

    • It exercises the whole body

    • It provides better support for the body

    • It massages your internal organs

    • It stretches everything inside you lengthways

    • It laterally twists soft tissue

    • It makes the fluids circulate evenly inside your body

    • Increases energy flow

    • Increases your breathing capacity

    • Improves biomechanical alignments of the body
Further information is available on Rob's website.


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