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Learn a sequence of moves specially designed to be of benefit for people with arthritis.

What will you learn on this course?

Tai Chi is a Chinese exercise system and martial art. It has been called meditation in movement and people come to Tai Chi for a variety of reasons including relaxation and to improve their balance and health.

There are different styles of Tai Chi. On this course you will learn the Paul Lam form, a sequence of moves designed to be of benefit for people with arthritis. However, anyone can attend and will benefit from this course.

You will be introduced to basic Tai Chi stances and exercises and learn how to practice these using safe and effective posture and technique and in a relaxed manner. The classes will start with loosening exercises, then you will learn a move or two from the Paul Lam form and the class will end with some Chi Gung breathing exercises. In addition you may also do some individual and partnered exercises including Tai Chi walking.

On completion of this course participants will have learnt the Paul Lam Tai Chi form.

Tai Chi has a number of health benefits including improved:

  • Flexibility
  • Posture 
  • Co-ordination
  • Stamina or cardiovascular health
  • Balance
  • Blood pressure levels
  • Body awareness
  • Use of intrinsic strength

Who is this course for?

This beginner’s course is for adults aged 18+ and is suitable for those who have no prior experience of Tai Chi or anyone who hasn’t undertaken Tai Chi for a number of years. It is particularly suitable for people with arthritis.

Tai Chi is a low impact form of exercise. The course is accessible for people with limited mobility as they can sit down to do some of the exercises and movements are undertaken within the comfort, capability range and limitations of each individual’s body.

Do you need to bring anything?

Please wear comfortable clothes that allow free movement.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs.

Warm and welcoming class that is a brilliant way to start your tai chi journey.

I really enjoy the tai chi class as it gives me the opportunity to relax and unwind with the benefits of mindful movement, which means I am giving myself a general workout. I just love it.

I really enjoy Phil’s tai chi class. It’s good exercise and keeps me much more supple than I would otherwise be. I have a chronic back problem. At 76 I do not find it easy  to remember all the movements, but Phil is very patient and understanding and never makes me feel like an idiot!

Friendly group. Does not matter how good you are.

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