There are a number of different movement classes I can offer: Tai Chi Form, TMW and floor based releases. Take a look at the list below, or clips of them, and see what appeals.
Movement – what may it improve?
- Physical/emotional wellbeing
- Self-care and self-healing Physical/emotional wellbeing
- Improved attention and concentration
- Hand/eye co-ordination
- Improved posture
- Improved balance
- Increased flexibility
- Improved circulation
- Relief from anxiety
- Increased self-confidence
- Calmness and relaxation
TMW (Tai Chi Movements for Wellbeing)
What is TMW?
TMW is a specially developed sequence of movements which promotes physical and emotional health and wellbeing.
With origins in both Tai Chi and Chi Kung, the TMW sequence distils elements of these arts into a simple series of movements without complex forms to learn or difficult techniques to master.
I carefully created and co-developed the sequence together with consultant clinical and neuro psychologist, Dr David Quinn.
Why do TMW?
Firstly, to move and to breathe promotes good health, wellbeing and healing.
In addition, it’s known that the body takes the shape of the mind. If you’re depressed, for example, the shape of your body collapses, or if you’re tense, your body becomes tight. By introducing and using harmonious, balanced and graceful movements, your body influences your mind and you experience relaxation, poise and wellbeing.
Is it for you?
TMW benefits everyone, at all ages and stages. To enjoy a form of exercise that’s accessible, flexible and easy is crucial in keeping you relaxed, healthy and full of wellbeing.
The movements and gestures are inherently graceful and flowing and can be practised both sitting and standing, or a combination of the two. It truly is accessible to all.
Even if you’re short of time, completing the whole sequence can take as little as ten minutes. You can also incorporate individual moves and gestures into your daily life – thirty seconds can really help make a difference!
The essential principles underlying the sequence enable you to explore TMW for yourself. This allows you to strengthen the particular areas that need attention, in your own time and in your own way.
Songs of Release
I created these exercises because in Tai Chi there do not seem to be any floor or Yoga-type exercises, and personally I felt the need for them. This sequence is made up of exercises from different traditions, some are from Yoga, some from Shiatsu and some I have invented or have come across in different places. They all speak to me in fundamental ways, so I have included them.
Normally people who do these kinds of exercises are in some way already flexible, but because we are not flexible, these are precisely the moves that we need. We need something which is going to allow us to touch this mind/body of tension and encourage it to relax. These movements are not about being flexible. I have met plenty of people who are flexible but who are not soft or relaxed!
What these exercises do is to show us the place where “armouring” or tension is. Instead of pushing past this place, we stop and soften. We use the posture to both meet and to give time to this vulnerable place.
That is why these moves are called “Songs of Release” rather than “stretches”. They are one way that we can explore that which allows us to safely touch physical and mental tension.
Each class is different and I structure the class for the student, whether it is a one off or a sequence of classes.
Each class is clearly introduced and builds up your understanding of the movements: the classes are paced to suit your needs.
You’ll be supported to practise at home with a DVD to follow along with, or a booklet with clear photographs of the movements.
As you progress, you’ll find that the benefits gained through any of these sequences will gradually be transferred to how you live your life. This will give you greater confidence, less stress and tension and put a spring in your step!
The aim is to support you in continuing good health and wellbeing so you can get the most out of your life.
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