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.
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.
"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)
Fridays: 11.00 - 12.00 (AM)
@ Forder Lane House, Forder Lane, Dartington
Wednesdays: 1.45 - 2.45 (PM)
@ Ridgecourt Residential Home, Totnes
Wednesdays: 10.30 - 12.00 (AM)
@ Follaton Community Hall, Totnes (for those who are physically active)
FEES: average is £3.50/£6.00 per class (charges vary at different venues)