Friday, 14 December 2018

Effortless health

AS we get older the need to look after ourselves becomes increasingly obvious, whereas the desire to undergo

AS we get older the need to look after ourselves becomes increasingly obvious, whereas the desire to undergo the discomfort often associated with exercise diminishes.

Tai chi, unlike many other forms of exercise, requires students to practise in the most unhurried, gentle and relaxed way to gain maximum benefits. Effortless movements are practised with calm concentration, making practice extremely pleasurable.

It hardly seems credible but research has proven the beneficial and therapeutic value of tai chi. As a weight-bearing and moderate intensity cardiovascular exercise, it can improve balance, reduce falls and increase leg strength. It has also been shown to lower stress hormones, enhance respiratory and immune function and even promote emotional well-being.

Tai chi can help you rediscover what a relaxed and correctly aligned natural posture feels like and how to maintain it. Why not join the millions of people around the world enjoying the benefits of tai chi? In Partnership with Oxfordshire County Council Skills and Learning Agency, starting on April 16 the Three Treasures School of Tai Chi is running a class for over-50s on Thursdays from 11.15am to 12.45pm, at the YMCA hall in Lawson Road, Henley. Visit www.threetreasurestaiji.co.uk or call tutor Alan Baker on (01491) 200471 for details.



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