I started to learn Sun style Tai Chi under the mentoring of Stuart Innes. http://www.1066taichi.co.uk/page7a.html
I was a secondary school teacher for many years and had to leave work due to having multiple sclerosis. I wanted a form of exercise that was safe and easy to learn but low impact, would tone muscle, and improve my balance. I had experienced Tai Chi but of a more martial art on several trips to the Far East, during an introductory class in Tai Chi overlooking Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong but wanted to find a style of Tai Chi that was more suitable for people with health needs.
I discovered through Stuart Innes classes Dr Paul Lam's Tai Chi For Health program and have since achieved accreditation from Dr Paul Lam to deliver several of his Tai Chi For Health programs including Tai Chi For Arthritis, Tai Chi for Kidz and Tai Chi for Osteoporosis. More about these can be found by looking at. http://www.taichiforhealthinstitute.org/
The classes are not advertised for a particular health condition as they are not just beneficial to those with a particular ailment. To help you decide here is a list of some of the reasons why I chose Tai Chi over other forms of exercise:
There is no need for any equipment, special clothing, so you can exercise anywhere, anytime and even seated
The exercise has been designed especially for arthritis suffers by medical & Tai Chi experts, All ages & levels of fitness can benefit either standing or seated Tai Chi.
There have been many research studys into its effectiveness in helping to reduce pain, improve posture, aid flexibility & mobility, improve balance & co-ordination
The combination of agile steps forward & backwards helps prevent falls
The weight transference which is integral in Tai Chi helps balance & co-ordination
The visualisation used has been proven to introduce more oxygen into the body & develop lung capacity
Qualifications - PGCE in Secondary Education, Tai Chi For Health acreditation, Reiki 1
It was through Emma that I was introduced to Tai Chi. Being at the time a Secondary School Teacher she felt that it would be beneficial to me as a way of relaxing away from the stresses and demands of the job.
Finding that I really enjoyed the relaxation of its gentle movements and the way it made me feel, I started to learn it under her tuition. In 2012 I decided that I wanted to take a bit of a break from teaching after 8 years at the chalkface and have since trained and qualified as a Tai Chi For Health instructor and joined "Tai Chi For You" with my wife Emma.
All styles of Tai Chi are beneficial, with their focus on building strength, balance and flexibility through slow, fluid movements combined with mental imagery and deep breathing.
We chose to teach The Tai Chi For Health programs as these have been made accessible to everyone by removing the low stances, high impact moves of other styles, with the added benefit of incoporating health conscious moves.
Scientific studies have shown tai chi to have beneficial effects on cardio-respiratory fitness, muscular strength, balance, peripheral circulation, reduced tension, and anxiety. Although I am not medically trained the instructors training provides us with some insight into how the moves can help improve our health.
Qualifications - PGCE in Secondary Education, accredited to teach Tai Chi For Arthritis, Tai Chi for Kidz, Tai Chi for Diabetes and Tai Chi for Osteoporosis.