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Tai Chi and Qigong – Health and Wellbeing

Tai Chi and Qigong work on the body in a holistic way where physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual health are seen as ‘one’. There are three main aspects to training; posture and alignment of the body through powerful movement, deep diaphragmatic breathing, and awareness, also described as intention and focus.

This page provides the general health and wellbeing benefits that can be found when practicing Tai Chi, Qigong and meditation regularly and accurately.  From a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective, physical and mental health are approached from a holistic viewpoint, rather than one specific cause of disease, symptom and treatment.  However as we live in a Western world, and most students are under treatment of Western medicine, we have noted the common names of conditions.

As a Tai Chi, Qigong and Meditation instructor, Nicola is not qualified to give medical advice and asks new students to seek permission from their Doctor before commencing an exercise programme.

The NHS Tai Chi network is designed to share knowledge for patient rehab in the NHS. Visit www.networks.nhs.uk

This is also a great article on the health benefits of Tai Chi practice to read over.

For new students, please note we are not in a position to neither discuss your medical history, nor comment on any on-going medical issues, injuries, complaints or conditions you may have. 

As with all medical conditions, injuries and/or ill-health, please consult with your Doctor prior to starting a class. Tai Chi, Qigong and Meditation are not a replacement for conventional medical treatment. All students are required to complete a medical history form prior to joining a class.


Live Online Tuition – Qigong

Instructor Nicola is passionate about sharing qigong with her students. She provides live online private tuition using Skype and/or Facebook video call. Teaching you ancient Taoist movements that will help you towards a regular qigong practice. Your online class is one-to-one private tuition that is set to your pace, style of learning, needs and experience, all from the comfort of your home.

New beginners are encouraged, this service is open to everyone no matter age, fitness level nor ability. Learn authentic healthy movements in your own home and join Nicola’s community of students on a journey to improved health and wellbeing. Visit the Qigong section in the webstore to book your lesson.


Live Online Tuition – Chen Tai Chi

Instructor Nicola is passionate about sharing Chen style Tai Chi with her students. Following the forms of Grand Master Chen Zhenglei she provides live online private tuition using Skype and/or Facebook video call. The types of live online lessons offered are Chen Tai Chi for previous students/those with experience and Hibernating Bear Tai Chi.

Nicola helps students progress through the traditional principles of Chen style silk reeling and the empty hand forms, teaching through a hands-on method rather than ‘watch and follow‘. Lessons start with traditional Chen warm up exercises that loosen every major joint in the body. Next a Qigong breathing session, focusing on relaxation, softening the body, lowering the heart rate and slowing the breath. Progressing to ‘Standing Practice’ (Zhan Zhuang), a static Qigong posture as a meditation and stillness exercise. Moving onto Silk Reeling Drills, the signature movement of Chen style and then the main content of her lessons covers the empty hand form.


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