TAI CHI was originated in China by monks over 2000 years ago. Over the centuries, it has taken many forms including Martial Arts. More recently, a gentler form has been developed which is highly suited to Mansfield U3A members. It has been widely used in physiotherapy, is recommended by the NHS, the British Heart Foundation and in other health areas.
In another recent study, investigators found that Tai Chi helped people with Parkinson’s disease, reducing the number of falls and improving their gait.
In the coming months, we will hear more about health and well-being, self-care and be gently reminded that sitting about too long is bad for us and we could take more responsibility for improving our health.
The positive effects produced by Tai Chi are many. Study after study has shown that this practice produces profound health benefits. In the long term, it improves and sustains mobility, improves breathing and relaxation and helps with balance therefore reducing the risks in many areas.
Above all, within our group, you work amongst friends, within your own ability, standing, or sitting if needed, and feeling that you have gently exercised every part of your body (even internal bits that you cannot see). Ken really understands how our bodies work. Tai Chi, with its calm movements and focus on deep breathing, is known to reduce chronic stress and improve health and emotional well-being. With all these benefits, it comes to U3A highly recommended.
Car parking has become difficult at St John's Centre but we would still like to welcome new members if they are prepared to walk to the venue. But, sorry, no car spaces are available at the moment.
Contact: Jean Kirk
Phone: 01623 480207
Meeting venue: St John's Centre Mansfield
When: Every Monday 9.30 - 10.30 during term time.