learned, it is a treasure
for a lifetime….
Looking for a
way to relieve
stress in your life? Interested in a
gentle way to stay fit and healthy? Worried about aches and pains? The
healing exercise of Tai Chi could be just what you need.
What is Tai
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese system
of exercise that strengthens
body, relaxes your mind and lifts your spirit. Tai Chi consists
of slow movements accompanied by natural breathing that relax and
develop the whole person, improving both physical and mental health.
One of its great
attractions is that it
can be practised by people of
all ages. It is absorbing, but not exhausting or stressful. Once
learned, it is a treasure for a lifetime.
What are the
Tai Chi’s healing power has been well
known in Chinese culture for
centuries. It has been used for many disorders including heart
and circulation problems, addictions, arthritis, muscle injuries,
asthma and nervous disturbances. Contemporary research has shown
a correlation between Tai Chi and enhancement of the immune system.
With regular practice, Tai Chi
suppleness. The flowing movements of Tai Chi release tension in
the muscles and encourage improved circulation. They relieve
stiffness by working on the flexibility and strength of all our major
Tai Chi exercise will help improve
your posture, coordination and
balance. As Tai Chi is a weight-bearing exercise, it helps
maintain bone density and prevent osteoporosis. Recent research
has shown that it can reduce the risk of falls in older people.
If you are feeling out of shape, regular practice of Tai Chi can
be excellent for your heart and lungs and raise your level of
Tai Chi is a proven antidote to stress. The movements slowly
relax and calm the mind. This is why Tai Chi masters often refer
to it as “moving harmony”.
Who can do it?
Tai Chi can be done by people at all
stages of fitness. It is not
competitive and everyone works to their own level and for their own
benefit. It does not require special clothing or equipment: just
loose comfortable clothes and soft-soled shoes.
How do we learn it?
Classes start with slow, gentle
exercises aimed at relaxing all the
major joints in the body. The class then works on learning a
short sequence of classical Tai Chi movements, drawn from the major
schools of Tai Chi. A few moves are learned each week and added
to the movements learned the week before. Students are advised to
practise a little Tai Chi each day at home.
Learning Tai Chi
To learn Tai Chi properly, you need
to find an instructor who has
qualified under a master. Instructors of the Lam Tai Chi Chuan
Association have been personally trained by Master Lam Kam-Chuen, the
founder of Lam Style Tai Chi. Trained from an early age in Hong
Kong in classical Chinese arts and medicine, Master Lam has been
teaching in the West since 1975. He is well-known for his popular
Channel 4 TV series, Stand Still Be Fit (now available as a video). His books include
Step-by-Step Tai Chi, Tai Chi for Staying Young, The Way of Energy, The Way of Healing, The Way of Power, The Feng Shui Handbook and The
Personal Feng Shui Manual.
Martin is a fully authorised Lam Tai Chi instructor
and can be contacted by:
Further details regarding Master Lam can be found at :