Tai Chi is pronounced TIE-GEE
WHAT IS TAI CHI?
Tai Chi is a low impact exercise . We practice mindful stretching for the entire body, then practice a 64 movement “set,” a predetermined pattern of movements that are multi-purpose:
- PHYSICAL Development from tai chi comes from the stances and steps of tai chi. Balance is improved through single leg weight bearing , which allows quicker movement, and individually improves strength of the legs, for one leg supports entire weight, while the other steps, and then weight is shifted.
- MENTAL Development is improved with tai chi, in areas of concentration, and focus, and the meditation we practice which teaches physical techniques to calm the mind and body, deal with stressors, and to rebalance the energy systems of the body.
- ENERGETICALLY, tai chi improves breathing, corrects imbalances in the body, increases lymph flow, and balances the acupuncture meridians of the body ( without using needles! )
What do you do in a class?
We learn stretching and meditation, and practice the set. I also teach some acupressure for self help , energy balance and pain release. I encourage a self study and practice; the deeper the practice, the more improvement seen, but you can stretch and practice every few days, and still feel better. A class lasts 80 minutes or so. We also have fun, while concentrating on learning.
What Style of Tai Chi do you Teach?
Eric Chambers of Middleport, OH was my first instructor in Yang Style Tai Chi. The form I currently practice is K’uang Ping Yang style, found in Simmone Guo’s book – “Long Life, Good Health through Tai Chi ch’uan”. I practice George Dillman pressure point theories, applied to the tai chi pattern, and welcome any question or discussion. Pressure points are taught only in specified classes, a regular class is designed to improve health, and the only acupressure taught is for energy balancing and pain release.
WHERE DO YOU TEACH?
I am able to hold classes at Lake Shore Drive in Rio Grande, and in Gallipolis, at the Senior Resource Center.
Please call for class availability. I normally start class in September, but if 6 people sign up, I am available to teach through spring and summer.
Classes are held in six week sessions, one day per week. I teach 2-3 movements per class, so self practice, preferably each day, is gently encouraged.
Classes usually start at 5:30 PM TO 5:45, and last around 80 minutes. Private classes are scheduled.
DO YOU HAVE A DRESS CODE?
This is an informal class, exercise clothes are preferred, but due to the flexibility of tai chi, you can practice in formal wear (but not preferred).
WHAT IS THE COST?
$60/session for a six week session.
WHO CAN PRACTICE TAI CHI?
I have training in seated tai chi, as well as the standing form. We can design a program for you, that includes taking frequent breaks. In addition I practice medical massage, craniosacral Therapy and Touch for health kinesiology, and we can correct any physical problems that arise.