Tai Chi

Tai Chi began as a Chinese tradition, based in martial arts and involves slow movements and deep breaths. A class that increases flexibility, mobility and posture whilst relaxing the mind through a series of gentle movements.

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What to expect

This group class takes place in a quiet, calming environment under the guidance of an experienced Gym Plus Tai Chi instructor. You will be introduced to a mix of slow, choreographed movements, controlled breathing and meditation.

Each movement is repeated during the class to help you learn the skill of Tai Chi and over time you will discover your own natural rhythm. The more you practice, the quicker you will learn the movements.

During the class you will experience a state of calm by following the choreographed movements, helping to quieten the mind and focus your breathing.

What are the benefits?

Tai Chi can help you reduce stress, anxiety and improve your sleep. The slow mindful breaths and movements can have a positive effect on the nervous system and improve your mood.

It can also help you to increase leg strength, overall balance and flexibility. Tai Chi is a safe form of moderate exercise you can take part in if you suffer from coronary heart disease, arthritis or COPD. And studies have also shown that practising Tai Chi regularly can increase the oxygen flow around the body, reducing breathlessness in older adults with the disease.

Who’s it for?

The low impact nature of Tai Chi means it is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels. It is particularly recommended for people with busy lives who want to reduce stress, lower their blood pressure, improve sleep and focus on their mental well being. Also, for older adults to help them increase bone density and improve their coordination, balance and flexibility. And for people suffering from arthritic problems, fibromyalgia, asthma and COPD or chronic pain conditions.

Join to get into Tai Chi at your local Gym Plus club.