TAI CHI AND QIGONG

Classes at The Park Health and Beauty Centre, on London Road, ( opposite The Elms Hotel), take place on Tuesdays at 1.45pm and are to restart on Thursday evenings at 7pm in January 2020.

Both classes are an hour long and cost £6.

There is a free talk and taster session taking place on Thursday 9th January, at The Park Health and Beauty Centre, at 6.30pm. If you would like to know more about tai chi and qigong, please feel free to attend. You can register your interest by contacting me on 01777-719062 or by email  contact@paulrandallosteopath.co.uk Classes are most weeks but you may want to confirm that a class is going ahead on that particular day.

Beginners are welcome to join at any time.. If you would like to chat first to see if tai chi might be helpful to you, then ring me on the number above. If I can’t get to the phone right away leave your name, number and short message, and I will return your call as soon as I can.

The classes I teach as a Tai Chi for Health Institute Instructor are tai chi and basic qigong for health and not for self-defense.

           TAI CHI AND TAI CHI CHUAN, WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

The chuan part of tai chi chuan means fist and indicates that it is a martial art that can be learned for self-defence. Tai chi chuan is quite widely taught in China and to a lesser extent in other countries as a martial art.

However, more people both in China and elsewhere practice tai chi as a means of improving their health and longevity. You may have seen on television and internet, footage of large numbers of chinese people in park spaces etc perfoming slow smooth graceful movements. This is tai chi that is being carried out for health rather than martial reasons.

The movements of tai chi comprise of martial art movements or movements that can be applied martially. The application of these movements are performed in a way that can lead to great health benefits.These health benefits derive from the specific type of movements and the fact that they are performed in a relaxed flowing manner. At more advanced levels the inclusion of various Taoist health principles and practices are incorporated into the movements. These increase significantly the health benefits and returns from practicing tai chi.

                                              QIGONG

Qi is energy and gong is work. Therefore, qigong is practising movements focussing on various internal energy principles and practices to develop and improve the amount, the quality and the expression of energy in your body. These qigong movements and practices (which can include stationary practices) can, like tai chi, improve your health and quality of life. There are many hundreds of different qigong practices. As a general rule they tend to have a simple choreography that is repeated regularly. This enables the particular qigong aspect(s) or principle(s) to be developed and learned more easily. Tai chi movements, at a more advanced level, incorporate various qigong aspects and principles. Tai chi movements are not repeated over and over again, but are usually a longer sequence of different movements, although certain movements or sections/sequences may be repeated.

                  WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF TAI CHI?

There are very many health benefits to practising tai chi backed up by research. The overwhelming amount is research based in China but a lot of research has been carried out elsewhere including research facilities in prestigious universities etc. In the UK a study involving 1250 patients in a GP led research programme found that tai chi significantly reduced the risk of falls.

A brief list of some of the health benefits of tai chi include:-

Reducing the pain and stiffness associated with arthritis.

Improved circulation and reduction of raised blood pressure.

Improved balance and co-ordination.

Promotes physical and mental relaxation.

Develops mindfulness, focus and concentration.

Reduces the likelihood of falls.

Calms and lifts mood, and may help with sleep.

Improves balance and reduces muscle tension.

Improves posture and ease of movement.

Increases energy levels and less tiredness.