TAI CHI CHUAN
Tai Chi translates as ‘Grand, or Supreme, Ultimate’ and the Chinese called it this for good reason, as they believe it to be the ‘ultimate exercise’ due to its unique ability to unite the body and mind unlike other exercise systems. Its origin in China was between 1200 and 1400 CE (AD) when a Taoist monk called Chang San-Feng combined his traditional medicine knowledge and the skills of the Shaolin warrior monks to create a gentle flowing series of exercises that corrects irregularities in posture and breathing, whilst invigorating and rejuvenating the body in the process.
It is noted for its ability to increase the circulation of vital energy known as Qi that flows around the body and services the vital organs via the Meridian System. When Qi flow is blocked or restricted, imbalance and disharmony arise within the body and illness results.
The Tai Chi and Qigong exercise systems serve to unblock such obstructions and restore the smooth flow of energy so that the body can re-balance itself. Many of the movements also serve to ‘massage’ the internal organs by either compression or relaxation of the body cavities or by stretching and relaxing the muscles covering an organ.
The gentle, rhythmic, fluid, circular movements increase blood flow to the joints bringing nutrients for healing and removing toxins. Good posture, balance and coordination are promoted, thus removing the stresses imposed on the body by eccentric loading, Tai Chi works with gravity, not against it. The movements also improve muscular strength and tone to protect and stabilize the joints, the increased mobility resulting in an improved fitness level, which further enhances healing and generally energizes the body
Qi means energy and Gong is exercise or skill so a translation of Qigong would be ‘exercise and energy training with time and effort’. It is widely used in Chinese Hospitals as a non-invasive method of treatment. Much of each session comprises Qigong exercises. Some of the exercises are around 4000 years old. As with Tai Chi many of the exercises are allied to meditation to calm the mind as well as the body. The meditation element is to focus on breathing and movement of the body and limbs, which calms the mind, reducing stress and lowering blood pressure.
Tai chi can be practiced alongside other disciplines such as Aerobics, Yoga, Circuit Training or Martial Arts. It acts to enhance your knowledge of how the body works and moves which can only improve your ability in the other exercise systems.
KEY HEALTH BENEFITS
The health benefits include improving posture, breathing, coordination and balance. When you combine the above benefits with the meditative aspect of Tai Chi Chuan you have a therapy that acts positively on the following: ME. Lung and Heart conditions, Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Diabetes, back problems and stress related illness.
Each class is programmed to give you a training session that is informative, uncomplicated, gentle, and simple to learn and perform. All training is gentle and not strenuous and is customised to suit the individual.
Beginners are Welcome at all Classes
All classes are held at:
- Rhos Methodist Church Hall, St.Georges Road, Rhos on Sea.
- Every Monday : 9.30am-10.30am. 2pm-3pm 6.30pm-7.30pm
- Thursday Evenings : 7.30pm - 9pm
- Friday Afternoon: 1.15pm-1.45pm. 2pm- 3pm
For more information contact Carolyn Ridding on 01492 547616.email email@example.com www.chinabridgetaichi.co.uk
I am a Registered Instructor with the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain, and hold a C.R.B and First Aid Certificate.