Coronavirus Update (12th July 2021): In response to the ongoing pandemic we have chosen to close ALL classes over the summer holidays. We feel this is the safest option for our students and teachers.

The last classes for this term will be held on Saturday 17th July 2021 and re-commence again on Monday 6th September.

If you are a beginner/new student wishing to commence training with us, kindly contact via email to have your name added to our waiting lists.

Note: It is intended that the Tai Chi & BodyStretch classes on Wednesday mornings (Totnes) will be starting again in September.

At this time, we have no plans to re-start the Thursday morning (Paignton) class.

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TAI CHI & THE ELDERLY

SEEKING TO IMPROVE BALANCE, CO-ORDINATION & BODY AWARENESS TO HELP IN THE PREVENTION OF TRIPS AND FALLS
We are very privileged to be able to teach our Tai Chi to residents in local homes for the elderly within our district of Totnes and Dartington, South Devon as well as "open" classes in Paignton, Torbay. We are continually asked to expand our area of operation and we endeavour to fulfil the requests wherever possible. See our Classes & Workshops page for more details.

How Does Tai Chi Help The Elderly?

In September 2012 new guidance was issued from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (Agile) to advise elderly people to take up Tai Chi or dance to substantially reduce the likelihood of trips & falls (35% reduction in risk). They recommend twice a week sessions for up to 6 months for those most at risk.

We seek to improve balance, co-ordination and body awareness to help in the prevention of trips and falls but all our elderly classes have also been adapted to allow for those participants who are unable to rise from chairs or are wheelchair bound. There are mobilisation exercises to increase blood flow and improve general health which is further helped by deep breathing exercises to aid in the oxygenation of the body.

Benefits for the Mind, Body & Spirit

Also prevalent is a substantial amount of mind/body connection exercises which helps to combat the affects of dementia and similar conditions.

Most importantly, we provide a focus point for the participants where their brains are stimulated with wide-ranging discussions from Taoism to Quantum Physics, from politics to current affairs, from past stories to personal experiences - these are all-inclusive classes.

"Great fun to teach, great fun to be involved in!" -- Adrian, Tai Chi Teacher

Beginners are always welcome but it is good to contact us in the first instance to discuss the most appropriate class to suit you.

What people say...

"It is a fantastic way to get harmony back in your life” - John (66)

“It has definitely improved my balance” - Mavis (83)

“You can instantly see the difference when they have done a class” - Vicky (Carer)

“There is no doubt that the ones who do Tai Chi are much more balanced, co-ordinated and lively. There has been a notable decrease in the number of accidents due to trips and falls" - Irene (Residential Home Manager)

“I look forward to it every week. I wished I started it 20 years ago” - Pat (89)

“The Mind, Body & Spirit are all addressed in the classes” - Hugo

“It is great to have something that looks at all aspects of your being including the past, present and future” - John (63)

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2020 Class Times

Fridays: 11.00 - 12.00 (AM)
@ Forder Lane House, Forder Lane, Dartington

And...

Wednesdays: 10.30 - 12.00 (Re-starting September 2021)
@ Follaton Community Hall, Totnes (for those who are physically active)

FEES: £6.00 per class (charges vary at different venues)

** spaces in classes are subject to availability at the time **

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