Taoist Tai Chi recognises the importance of mental as well as physical well-being and therefore incorporates involvement of the mind as well as the body. Tension blocks the natural flow of energy or chi and by integrating relaxation into the moves, this form of exercise can reduce stress at the same time as it improves health.
Taoist Tai Chi is a series of gentle movements which, when practised regularly, are designed to improve health, circulation, flexibility, co-ordination and strength. The turning and stretching movements taught in the beginners class work are slow, safe and gentle and aim to release tension and reduce stress, allowing every part of the body to be exercised.
The 108 controlled movements stretch the muscles and put the joints through their full range of motion. Taoist Tai Chi can help reduce the stiffness and deterioration that tends to occur with age and as result of years of physical inactivity.
The moves also work on all the acupuncture meridians in the body, stretching them to encourage the chi to flow through them evenly. The 108 moves form a full set that provides a 20-minute moving meditation. This helps to focus the mind and reduce stress and tension.
Taoist Tai Chi is suitable for all ages and abilities, everyone benefits according to their needs and capability. I run classes at two venues in Wiltshire. Marlborough and Liddington have beginners and intermediate classes. Please contact me if you would like more information.