Many years ago I watched an Infinite Tai Chi demonstration by Jason Chan of the Light Foundation. I was entranced by the grace and elegance of the movements that seemed effortless and yet so powerful.
I began my practice at a time when I was in need of physical and emotional balance. Regular practice of these disciplines helped me then and continues to help me now.
I undertook my teacher training with Jason Chan, qualifying as an Infinite Tai Chi, Chi Kung and Meditation teacher in 2002. I have taught regular classes and workshops since that time in Northumberland, the Borders and Inverness.
Other workshops and training that I offer include:
• Conscious Breathing for Health and Vitality
• Self Hypnosis
• Introduction to Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
• Stress Management
• Clinical Hypnosis Practitioner Training
My qualifications include:
Infinite Tai Chi, Chi Kung and Meditation
Clinical Hypnotherapist, practitioner trainer and supervisor (SQHP GHR)
Master Life Coach
Stress Management Consultant
Adult Education Tutor
The Benefits of Tai Chi and Chi Kung (Qigong)
Tai Chi and Chi Kung can be practiced by anyone regardless of age or fitness level.
From the Traditional Chinese Medicine point of view Tai Chi and Chi Kung are used to promote the movement of energy (Chi) for self healing and wellbeing. Tai Chi and Chi Kung complement each other perfectly. They train both the body and the mind. Although it takes a little time to learn the various exercises and forms, benefits are usually experienced from early on in your practice.
Tai Chi’s slow, meditative practice helps to calm the mind and focus the senses on the present. Everyday worries can be forgotten about for a while, giving the conscious mind vital time ‘to breathe’ and see everyday life in perspective.
In its simplest form, Tai Chi is an exercise that focuses on natural physical movements, breathing and mental concentration.
Tai Chi is graceful, slow, and relaxing; most people practice Tai Chi for the great health and stress relief benefits it provides. Practicing Tai Chi has been found to decrease cortisol levels in the body, thereby eliminating mood imbalances and relieving stress.
The emphasis on correct body posture and spinal alignment while practicing Tai Chi helps to release tension and pressure and improve posture, which in turn eases stress from the back.
Moving weight from leg to leg is common to many tai chi exercises, as is extending and lifting the arms, legs and hands. All these different tai chi moves vary the load on joint surfaces increasing the flow of natural lubricant and nutrients into the joint, meaning that they move more easily and freely.
The flowing movements of a typical Tai Chi routine disguise the incredibly high number of joint rotations that are being used. The neck will move from side to side, palms will turn over; elbows and shoulders will rotate all increasing flexibility and range of motion of the joints.
At the same time the muscles, ligaments and tendons that protect and support the joints are being strengthened which keeps them mobile and healthy. All this while you are simply enjoying your Tai Chi exercises.
Chi Kung is a powerful type of health exercise, which has been practised for centuries by millions of Chinese people. It is based on repetitions of very precise sets of movements, specifically designed to benefit health on many different levels.
Even a few minutes of practise can have an invigorating and rejuvenating effect. Regular practise brings about a deep strengthening effect for the whole body and its various systems.
Some Chi Kung movements are very gentle, others more vigorous. Some movements are very large and expansive; others are more subtle, almost imperceptible. All are different and have a very specific effect on body and mind.