Health

Are you over 40 or 50?

Are you wondering about getting older?

Now would be a good time to learn Tai Chi for general physical and mental health. You can prepare for the future, learn to look after yourself and enjoy a pleasant social group with outside events throughout the year.

Free first class in September – just turn up for a class at Shefford Community Hall with flat-soled trainers and warm loose clothing.

See here for classes and directions 

This is a bit of a strange post – I can’t say that anybody else will find all of this in their own Tai Chi study – but if I can then perhaps you can too.

Posture corrections

Easier movement

Falls prevention

Relaxed and loose body

Tai Chi based exercises

Simple Tai Chi form

Mindfully movement

Meditation in movement – the use of patterns and regular practice

Movement for your daily life

Enhanced lifestyle

Body and mind training

Understand and develop your movement in simple English

Learn how to age gracefully

Extend middle age mobility into old age

Feel safer, feel lighter, feel stronger, feel more confident

Learn how to pay attention and learn by observation of your own body

Feel comfortable among like-minded people and learn with them

Recover lost mobility

Management of physical conditions eg Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s etc.

Learn to manage your body before you become vulnerable.

Learn how to look after yourself

Learn how to take control of yourself

Tai Chi as an integrated part of a healthy lifestyle

Tai Chi tools of working with body and mind – you bring the spirit

Learning to balance the forces in your life:

– age, weight, personal interactions, social pressures, new technologies,

Dealing with change

Accessing Eastern world models of Buddhism and Taoism

Connecting with the latest of western science models and evidence

Understanding how western science like Newton’s laws of motion can be applied to turn a straight line into a curve and how equal and opposite action and reaction can be manipulated by yielding softly

Learn to use visualisation and metaphor in physical exercise

Tai Chi master

I have recently taken to putting on the website articles which are not carefully crafted – rather they are what may be regarded as thought pieces – something quite traditional as one might recognise from the way the “Tai Chi Classics” were put together for example.

Once thinking about a topic after a while quite suddenly the thoughts just tumble out and it is all I can do to get them on paper – I simply don’t have the time these days to carefully craft them into well structured articles or to fill out the background on everything. So I must leave it to my readers to explore further. I expect that from time to time I will revisit and expand on points.

One that comes to mind is the reference to a difference between preventative and remedial Tai Chi when considering the health of older people. We can think that while a person has the ability to do normal Tai Chi exercises then this may be regarded as preventative of falls or other health issues – on the other hand once a person has reached a point where they can no longer do something like walk the length of a hall or stand for half an hour exercising then they are in need of remedial work. Preventative Tai Chi is simply exercising normally – but in the case of older people perhaps not so vigorously as we once did and can easily be accommodated in a normal beginners level class – this is why I often refer to them as “over 50s classes since  at that age people still have a good 10 years to learn and develop their skill  before they reach a point at which they would otherwise become vulnerable to falls. Start at 50 and one can hope to improve one’s proprioception, body mapping and Tai Chi skill to a point that staves off problems of falling.

On the other hand I sometimes see people with walking frames or in wheel chairs – or get phone calls from relatives who’s father/mother has just been diagnosed/admitted to a care home and  have seen that Tai Chi is good for their condition – and would I please go to the care home every day to teach their parent. Sadly it is expected that they have probably reached a point where more work is needed than either I or they can put in. It is possible they could do the work but unlikely if they do not already have the discipline, habit and skill  of doing it already. This is what I mean by remedial. In these case I suspect that some daily Tai Chi informed exercises and physiotherapy would be as helpful as anything else and would encourage physios and carers to learn enough to pass on simple exercises.

Recent examples of this sort of article include Thoughts on Tai Chi Movement and Martial Arts as a Philosophy also Managing getting Old with Tai Chi

Tai Chi vs Zumba

13/10/2018

BBC Trust me I’m a Doctor series 8 episode 6 – first shown on Oct 10 2018 – “Is Tai Chi as good a workout as Zumba?” – turns out it is  😊👍

Partner work – why don’t people like it until they try it?

5 September 2018

I have learned through painful experience that partner work and physical corrections make up a potentially very sensitive subject – martial arts people will probably wonder why I am bothering to write about this at all – whereas beginners or people with no experience of interpersonal physical activity may well recoil that I even dream […]

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Healthy Movement From Tai Chi & Alexander Technique

30 January 2017
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The following article was recently published by Kindred Spirit magazine: Over my many years of studying and teaching Tai Chi I have recognised that much of individual movement stems from habit – we learn to walk at around 1 year old and then pay it little attention to it until some 60 or so years later when, […]

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Tai Chi and Alexander Technique at Letchworth

6 January 2017
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Once again in 2017 I am partnering with my friend and colleague Judy Hammond to present a series of seminars at the Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living.  See here for details. Share the post “Tai Chi and Alexander Technique at Letchworth” FacebookTwitterShare…

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Residential weekend – retreat/workshop

17 November 2016
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On 12-14 May 2017 at the Belsey Bridge Conference Centre, Suffolk we will be holding our first  Alternative Health Exercises Residential Weekend – of gentle movement and body awareness exercises in a environment of light humour and relaxation. The weekend program will be based on our popular seminar series of exercises  developed  from Tai Chi &  Alexander Technique with  elements of dance incorporated  into two days of mindfulness exercises  and meditation ‐ developing a practical  way of being. Widely experienced Alexander teacher  Judy Hammond and long‐term Tai Chi  instructor Ian Deavin have created […]

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Why Tai Chi works for the over 50’s

16 November 2016
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Well there are many factors and to begin, as I understand it, during aging cellular replication slows down around 50 or so, that is the number of stem cells in our body start to run down. The 115 year old woman who died a while ago was found to have only two types of stem cell […]

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A Western View of Chi

31 August 2016
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Models for training, practice and life Many intellectual and emotional models all congruent with each other integrated in a body trained in their principles, which demonstrates the sum of those models and physical practice. Physically the ability to propagate waves through the body emanating from the centre by integrated segmental motion. This result could be […]

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