Our Tai Chi classes are now available on a "pay as you go" basis at the Nottingham Rehabilitation Gym in Beeston
For all: If you are unable to join us for a regular instructor led class then please feel free to access a series of videos available on YouTube with demonstrations of the Tai Chi / Qigong sequences and clips with practice tips. Check our Facebook page, info below and emails for further details.
What is Tai Chi? How can it help me to stay physically and mentally healthy?
A gentle yet powerful form of mind and body exercise which is beneficial for mental and physical health. It can be performed standing or seated and doesn’t need much space to do! The movements are linked together in a sequence and are performed slowly. Many of our class attendees say how practicing tai chi helps them to be more mindful and cope with their worries and stresses.
The two styles of tai chi which we’ll be practicing are:
Yang: This is a graceful and flowing form of tai chi which has some twisting movements. We advise that you don’t attempt this style if you have a knee injury or musculoskeletal condition such as Osteoarthritis. Also if you have severe difficulty with your balance as some sequences involve standing on one leg. Sun style tai chi is much more suitable in this instance for people with musculoskeletal conditions, such as osteoarthritis.
Sun: The stances are more upright and contained with smaller movements in Sun style tai chi. There’s no twisting movements and when the body turns it’s with the weight off the standing leg. We’ll be practicing Dr Lam’s Tai Chi for Arthritis program. This program has been proven to improve balance and prevent falls. Also improving joint mobility, muscle strength and sense of wellbeing.
You might have seen the doctors and nurses practicing Qigong with Coronavirus patients in the hospitals in China during early media coverage of the outbreak. Qigong is similar to Tai Chi and believed to help boost vitality to help strengthen the immune system. The aim being to enhance health and prevent illness rather than treating disease. The slow and gentle movements are similar to Tai Chi, except they’re performed in a standing or seated position, without walking around.
Our intention is to help you to stay mentally and physically healthy during this period of isolation.
We would like to say how much we have enjoyed Chris' current Qigong sessions. Good exercise and relaxation, nice community and a brilliant focal point (x2) for our week. Janet & Allan
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Tai Chi is good for everyone. It has been shown to prevent falls, improve mobility and balance and reduce pain in arthritis. We offer Tai Chi classes for complete beginners as well as those with experience.
Our Tai Chi classes and are led by Chris, our holistic Physiotherapist. The classes have been designed to be taught in a step-wise manner, breaking down the tai chi movements into smaller steps, whilst learning the sequence.
You will need to complete a health screen prior to attending your first class.
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Where are the classes?
Classes are based at the Nottingham Rehabilitation Gym in Beeston
The roots of Tai Chi
The roots of tai chi were established thousands of years ago in China, from which it has evolved into 4 main styles (Chen, Yang, Sun and Wu). Each style has distinct characteristics and set sequences of movements, which are familiar to tai chi practitioners throughout the world.
Each style has distinct characteristics and set sequences of movements, which are familiar to tai chi practitioners throughout the world.
Is Tai Chi good for me?
Tai chi is good for every body and shown to have many health benefits in clinical research studies. Founder of the Tai Chi for Health Institute, Dr Paul Lam, found that practicing tai chi helped his arthritis symptoms. He has since developed several tai chi for health programs to make the benefits of tai chi accessible for all.
Although the programme has been shown in research to be beneficial for its use within Arthritis, the programme is also beneficial for anyone.
Classes are based at Nottingham Rehabilitation Gym, Beeston
Your Tai Chi Instructor, Chris Davenport
The classes are instructed by our holistic physiotherapist, Chris Davenport. He is certified by the Tai Chi for Health Institute to instruct their tai chi programs. Each class includes warm-up and cool down exercises.
The tai chi movements are taught in small steps, making them easy to learn. You will learn just one or two new tai chi movements at each class during the first term.
Classes have been designed to be taught in a step-wise manner, breaking down the tai chi movements into smaller steps, whilst learning the sequence.
Tai Chi Reviews
The whole experience is welcoming and informative. By understanding why I am being asked to do the exercises to get me walking again enabled me to proactively work with the physio to get me going again. The Tai Chi is fabulous. It helps me focus and gently build up my muscles reducing the risk of trips and falls. There has been an amazing improvement from day one