Tai Chi Student Review
One of my students has shared their experience of learning Tai Chi and Qigong online in my live stream Zoom Classes. This student was new to the practices and currently attends both the Chen foundations live stream and the Qigong routine live stream classes.
"I have been learning Tai Chi and Qi Gong from Nicola for a number of months now, and absolutely love the classes.
I feel the difference in my posture, flexibility and just overall physical and emotional wellbeing. I always feel wonderful after the classes.
In addition, as someone who is overweight and tends to get swollen ankles – not only is my blood pressure lower after classes, but my blood flow has improved and I hardly get swollen ankles anymore.
I cannot think of a better illustration of the benefits of this exercise, working for me. Plus, Nicola has a lovely soothing voice – and as someone who works long hours at a desk, and is very sedentary, having live classes twice per week is a wonderful break from my typically stressful days, takes me mentally away from all the normal daily rigors, and resets me for typically a great day thereafter.
I find the classes both soothing and physically and emotionally beneficial. Plus, they’re bloody fun! Highly recommended 😊"
Often students come to class with an idea of the health and wellbeing benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong practice. When they start practising, although the body can take time to respond, the proof really is in the pudding as they say. The students then start noticing things they didn't expect to benefit from in the classes, which is a happy by product. Lowering blood pressure and slowing the heart rate is key to life long health. This student has tested their blood pressure before and after a class and reported back that their blood pressure was lower after class than when waking up in the morning. Now imagine practising daily every day of your life and how the body will naturally respond to that stimulus. Lymph system function is another key aspect of all Tai Chi and Qigong practice. The lymph doesn't have a pump, it is only through exercise (muscular and tissue contraction) that the lymph can flow, removing toxins and flushing waste out of the body. Although the movements are not taxing like with aerobic exercise, they can be demanding, and the great thing is you can make the movements as demanding as you like. This is ideal for travelling through the ebb and flow of life, and being able to adapt the movements for your own needs. Thanks very much for the student review! It's always great to hear how the practices have helped someone personally.