Tai Chi comprises a series of postures linked by slow, graceful movements and accompanied by breathing techniques that focus the concentration. It is performed in a sequence that is described as being designed to restore and enhance the flow of chi, or ‘vital energy’. It is also described as exercising the mind, body and spirit to help improve health and well-being.
Research suggests there are numerous benefits from Tai Chi practice. These include; improved balance and falls prevention, increased flexibility, improved cardiovascular fitness, increased muscle strength, pain reduction, stress reduction, relaxation, enhanced emotional wellbeing and positive mental state, increased energy levels, improved immune function and improved quality of life (Wang, Collet and Lau, 2004).
Tai Chi is being used more within Pain Management services across the country. It is a safe approach to exercise and can result in a sense of relaxation and tranquillity, both of which can help to reduce the suffering experienced in chronic pain conditions. Further information can be found in our Tai Chi leaflet.
Tai Chi for health course
This rolling 4 week group introduces the 18 movements of Tai Chi Shibashi Qigong. Tai Chi Shibashi Qigong involves gentle movements incorporating breathing and body awareness techniques. It can be practiced in standing or sitting and it is suitable for all ages. Practices can be adapted and modified to individual needs making it an ideal aid to recovery from illness or injury alongside pain. Classes are run from the Horizon Centre at Torbay Hospital.
Please contact Val Parker on 01803 654309 or via our contact form for further information.
Tai Chi videos
As demonstrated by these videos, Tai Chi can be performed either in seating or in standing.
If you have been following the previous videos, these can still be accessed using the links below.
You can also download a leaflet with a number of Tai Chi Qigong Shibashi exercises.
We would welcome advice, suggestions and general feedback from people using the above Tai Chi videos and leaflet. If you would like to tell us your experience, please use our contact form.