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Tai Chi walking at the Swiss Garden

Once again I will be at The Swiss Garden Shuttleworth on October 13th and look forward to meeting regulars plus beginners – and of course the Peacocks who seem to have decided to visit us on the lawn!

10.30 to 11.30 this is a great deal which allows you to stay at the gardens for the rest of the day. Extra provision is planned for inclement weather so just dress for the time of year and come to enjoy yourself. Snowy at Swiss Garden

A Tai Chi talk to the WI

I have done a few talks to local WI groups and they are always fun – last Tuesday we had a wonderful turnout of some 30 people at Maulden Village Hall, with lots of interest, questions and actual participation in some exercises. I hope that I managed to get across the message for people to learn to look after themselves before they become vulnerable to falls – so start to learn about balance and posture and relaxed movement as soon as possible – ideally before you are 50.

I am always delighted to do talks of this sort and welcome invitations – please contact me.

Tai Chi at the Swiss Garden

I’m looking forward to our next Tai Chi session at the Swiss Garden Shuttleworth, as I always do. They are light beginners sessions of gentle movement in a lovely environment and all-day access to wander the garden afterward and refresh at the cafe – so what is not to like? Thursday 7 July at 10.30 am – book on the Shuttleworth website.

We are developing a core of people who come regularly and are moving forward each month, but about half of each class is made up of beginners just getting a first taste. Tai Chi seems to be something that most people have heard of but even now few have experienced – so these sessions are a great way to “scratch the itch” and finally find out!

Tai Chi for balance

I heard this on the news today and then found it all over the media – for example here at the Telegraph

It seems that a 12-year research project has found that middle-aged and elderly people who cannot balance on one leg for 10 seconds are almost twice as likely to die within 10 years as those who can. I understand that on this occasion the risks are linked mainly but not exclusively to strokes. Given that the WHO found Tai Chi offered a 50% reduction in vulnerability to falls in older people then Tai Chi becomes a no-brainer – like my own “over 50’s” classes.

This bonafide international research covered 1,702 people aged between 51 and 75 between 2008 and 2020. Given that Tai Chi is already well recognised as helping to aid balance at all ages it must be good news for long-term practitioners. People do have trouble in doing things just because it is good for us, however – so it is great that Tai Chi is also good fun and a pleasant social activity – for example, my own classes in the Swiss Garden at Shuttleworth.

The original piece was published in the British Journal of Sports medicine 

Ian receiving hands-on correction

So if I am to do Tai Chi, what might I expect? Well in my experience regular practice of Tai Chi leads to change including:
Relaxes and loosens the body – aids healing
Improves balance control
Gives better posture
Aids resilience
Increases confidence

Then if we are to change then we must expect our bodies to feel differently which takes a while for us to notice.

Tai Chi in the Swiss Garden – with Peacocks post image

 

Snowy at Swiss GardenYesterday we had what I think is probably the perfect session of Tai Chi in the garden – a brilliant group of mixed beginners and regulars turned up to enjoy the weather and were treated to “Snowy” the Swiss Garden white Peacock who paid us a visit by walking through the middle of the class to take up residence under a nearby tree – where he displayed for the rest of the lesson.

We went over loosening exercises and the initial moves of the Laojia form with everybody working attentively and supportively. I certainly appreciate these monthly classes and hope to see more people who enjoy relaxed group movement in such a delightful garden. Please see here for further classes.

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