Tai Chi… for wellbeing
More and more we are seeing Tai Chi added to mainstream fitness and therapy programs. Claudine and I have regularly attended Tai Chi sessions and love the immediate feeling of calm and connectedness when we do…
It was upon a chance meet at a conference that we met the manager of Life Care Miles Lunde, who explained how Tai Chi is one of their much loved classes for their over 50 group who attend the facility.
We briefly met Catherine the instructor and she was open to share a little about her path to Tai Chi… She has been an instructor in the discipline for over 10 years…
We looked up more about what the doctors and medical world is saying about it and this link gave a great overview…
Also there is more and more research being done to build validated evidence (great for those who like to have this type of evidence when selecting therapies)… So thank you Catherine and Miles for inspiring us to bring more to you about Tai Chi – something very worth exploring for those looking to engage in their own therapeutic wellbeing practices…
|Your Name||Catherine Cocks|
|City of Residence||Adelaide, South Australia|
|Occupation or Experience||Therapy Assistant and Personal Traininer|
|Your Passions/Interests||Tai chi, Pilates mat and reformer classes and general exercise|
|A favourite quote||The best things in life are free: laughter, family and friends and importantly good health and exercise|
How and why did you get started in Tai Chi and Qigong
I have always been interested in traditional Chinese Medicine. Tai Chi and Qigong is an ancient Chinese martial art form that is practiced around the world as a gentle form of exercise.
What has Tai Chi and Qigong brought to your life and how has that helped you?
Over 20 years ago I started attending classes to improve my flexibility, strength, balance and a general sense of wellbeing.
In what ways do Tai Chi and Qigong help with health?
Aims of Tai Chi are to improve:
- stimulate the mind, improve concentration, focus and coordination
- increase level of fitness and muscle tone
- joint flexibility
- stimulate blood circulation
- promote a general sense of wellbeing
What would you recommend for someone getting started?
I would recommend they consult with their GP to obtain a medical clearance to exercise. Start in a beginner class with a certified Tai Chi Instructor. (I would recommend an instructor who is able to modify for medical conditions such as those trained under Dr Paul Lam)
Is Tai Chi suited to everyone?
I see it is suited to everyone – especially when the instructor has been trained for medical and other conditions; arthritis, diabetes, back pain, for workplaces and health.
Do you have any inspirational story to share in relation to Tai Chi?
Many of my clients who have been attending over the past 4 years have all reported improvement in their overall wellbeing, posture, breathing, increased muscle strength and balance, memory and relaxation. The friendships they have formed over the time is also wonderful to see.