Tai Chi for Everyone

making Tai Chi Chuan available for all abilities

 

 

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What people say

"Tai Chi helps me to be more flexible"

"I have found that gentle exercise can invigorate you more than aerobic exercise"

"It has helped very much with balance"

"Tai Chi is very gentle, but it has made me much more agile and sure of myself"

"I enjoy the stillness, it has given me more awareness"

"I’ve found that I’m capable of moving slowly which I’ve always found beforehand very hard"

 

Tai Chi Chuan

Tai Chi Chuan (often shortened to ‘Tai Chi’) is a martial art which also provides great health benefits. Developed in China over many hundreds of years, Tai Chi is very popular with older people in China who know how useful it is to keep the body supple and mobile, and maintain a healthy, active life.  Many of the great masters of Tai Chi originally took up the art to help improve poor health.

Literally anyone can benefit from Tai Chi, even those who have limited physical movement.  Exercises can be adapted to suit each student so that everyone can participate.

 

The benefits

Even watching Tai Chi is restful and relaxing. From my experience, the benefits of playing Tai Chi include:

 

Traditional Chinese Medicine recommends Tai Chi for a wide range of health problems. More recently, there have been a number of clinical studies by doctors practicing Western Medicine and systematic reviews of research on Tai Chi and health. The firmest evidence to date is that Tai Chi can led to less falls and has positive psychological effects. See Resources for more information about research on Tai Chi and health.

 

Tai Chi Based Exercise Training can be provided for Special Schools staff, and those working with adults with health and mobility problems, as well as people with learning disabilities.

 

About Alison Smith

Alison first began Tai Chi Chuan in 1979. In 2003 she set up Tai Chi for Everyone and now specialises in teaching Tai Chi for people with health and mobility problems, and  for children and adults with special needs.

 

Alison trained originally in Tai Chi Chuan with Alan Peck, founder of the Natural Way Tai Chi School. Alan's teacher was Dr Chi Chiang Tao who studied under Cheng Man Ching. Alison now attends courses with Alan’s senior students, including Angus Clark of Living Movement and has also studied with a number of teachers specialising in tai chi for people with disabilities and health issues, including Dr Paul Lam and members of the Tai Chi and Chi Kung Forum for Health. A qualified teacher, Alison holds a PGCE (adult education), and  is an Advanced Instructor of the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain.

 

Alison is also a qualified ARNI Instructor, offering personal and small group training for stroke survivors who want to improve their functional movement.

 

Health Note

If you have any doubt about whether you should take part in our Tai Chi classes, please consult your doctor or other medical practitioner first.  If you or your practitioner would like further information about Tai Chi, I will be delighted to speak with you.

 

Alan Peck

On 3rd March 2010, Alan Peck passed away. He inspired many, many people to study Tai Chi, and with great care passed on the knowledge he received from Dr Chi Chiang Tao, and the fruits of his personal study. I am deeply grateful for Alan's very generous teaching which I draw on every day. You may like to look at Alan’s website and blog where you will find articles and other resources, as well as the special tribute site which has many beautiful photos and tributes to Alan.