For Classes in Roscommon please contact David Whitfield on
- 094 98 61307
For Classes in Galway please contact Richard Whitfield on
- 083 369 9761
A typical Tai Chi class will run for an hour and a half and will usually follow this format.
- Warm ups: These are warm-ups are low impact and used to warm up the muscles and gently work the joints.
- Introduction to Tai Chi or a recap of the last class.
- Learning the Tai Chi form: This is done at the student's pace with no pressure to "keep moving on".
- Discussion on how the class went.
The classes are run at a slow and steady pace with an emphasis on the participants moving at their own pace.
The Benefits of Tai Chi
There are many benefits to practising Tai Chi here is a list of benefits that my students have noticed in themselves since participating in my classes.
- Relieves Pain: Tai Chi helps to relieve pain and stiffness, through gently moving the joints of the body through their optimum range of movement.
- Improves Balance: Using the principle of shifting one's own weight Tai Chi is shown to improve balance, and studies have shown that practising Tai Chi reduces the chance of falling in the elderly.
- Improves Posture: Proper alignment of the spine plays an important part in Tai Chi, which then brings about proper posture in the practitioner.
- Good Workout: Though the moves are slow and gentle Tai Chi is proven to be a good form of aerobic exercise which improves heart and lung function
- Relieves Stress: The gentle stretching and focus on the movements helps the practitioner to relax, and reduces their levels of stress.
- Enhances the flow of Qi: Through the movements of Tai Chi, the meridians (energy pathways) in the body are stretched and invigorated, enhancing the flow of qi through the body.
- Integrates body and mind: When doing Tai Chi one's mind should be on the movements they are doing. This helps to bring the mind into the here and now and stops it wandering.