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Introduction to Tai Chi for Movement Balance & Wellness

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  • Mon 25 Feb ’13, 9:15am – 10:15am
  • Mon 4 Mar ’13, 9:15am – 10:15am
  • Mon 11 Mar ’13, 9:15am – 10:15am
  • Mon 18 Mar ’13, 9:15am – 10:15am
  • Mon 25 Mar ’13, 9:15am – 10:15am
  • Mon 1 Apr ’13, 9:15am – 10:15am


French Bay Yacht Club, Cnr of Otitori Bay Road & Valley Road, French Bay Show map


All Ages

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  • General Admission: $10.00

Heres your opportunity to learn Tai Chi Chuan 太極拳 from nationally recognised Tai Chi teacher and Martial Artist Quintin Derham. No experience necessary.

Tai chi’s gentle, non-jarring movements support bodily functions in three basic ways:

Tai chi trains the major ligaments that serve as the springs of the body. Anatomically, the human body is kept upright by ligaments, not bones, as is commonly believed. Ligaments are also critical in keeping your internal organs from impinging on each other and thereby downgrading their functions.
Tai chi tones the muscles.

Tai chi trains biomechanical alignments, which enables the bones and internal organs to withstand the forces of gravity that pull on all the other parts of your anatomy attached to them.
The movements of tai chi continuously massage your internal organs, including lungs, heart, liver kidneys and spleen. Constant turnings of the waist and limbs create gentle internal pressures that twist and create beneficial compressions in your organs.

Taking care of your internal organs is important because your life and health depend on them. The stronger they are, the better you can perform in any area of your life.

In tai chi, stretching occurs by gently letting go of the tension in your muscles, rather than by pushing or forcing muscle fibers to stretch. Relaxing the muscles in combination with slow-motion movement gradually stretches them.

What is unique about tai chi movements is that they stretch not just the large muscles, but also hundreds of smaller muscles. Although Western exercise programs are beginning to include stretches of these smaller muscles, most don’t and even when they do, they often don’t do it as effectively.

Tai chi does a wonderful job of relieving back, neck and shoulder pain by loosening up all the muscles of the upper body. The emphasis on flowing relaxation is especially useful for softening muscles that become stiff through repetitive daily activities.

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