Tai Chi also known as Tai Chi Chuan, has it’s origin in China, deriving from a martial arts background. It is a non-competitive exercise programme comprising of seemingly relaxed and gentle physical movements and stretching.
Because of it’s self-paced nature, Tai Chi as an exercise programme is suitable for anyone, regardless of age or physical ability. There are variations to the forms of styles of Tai Chi, and the intensity of the exercise programme that our personal trainers will devise for you will depend on your choice of the form or style practiced. Some forms of Tai Chi are fast-paced while most forms are gentle in their range of movements.
Tai Chi Movements come in rhythmic patterns that are co-ordinated with breathing and thus like Yoga, it aims to promote wellness of the body and mind through the sequence of the Tai Chi movements. Tai Chi movements are calm and requires concentration producing movements that flow smoothly into each other.
Benefits of Tai Chi:
- Well suited for all age groups and gender especially the elderly
- Tones and shape your body
- Raise your overall fitness and flexibility
- Improve your coordination and agility
- Develops strength through core conditioning
- Promotes a feeling of welling and centred-ness
- Increase your heart and lung capacity through a full-body cardio workout
- Obese individuals must consult their doctor or physiotherapist before starting a training programme.
- An air-conditioned training environment is ideal. No activities will be undertaken in direct sunlight or in hot environments.
- Older adults must agree to undergo a history and physical examination directed at identifying cardiac risk factors, exertional signs/symptoms, and physical limitations.
- Wear comfortable shoes and loose cotton clothes, and drink sufficient fluid before, during and after exercise.
- Asthma sufferers should consult a doctor and undergo a physical examination where necessary to find out what types of activities are appropriate, identify exercise limitations and what to do to prevent an episode during exercise.