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Tai Chi: bringing health and harmony to people's lives

Hope’s Falls Collaborative Facilitator Sylvia qualified as a Tai Chi instructor in 2007 and has been delivering classes ever since. She now leads weekly sessions at Scartho Community Library and Immingham Civic Centre and it's one of many ways that the Hope Specialist Service encourages a lifelong commitment to exercise for the benefit of mental and physical health and wellbeing.

An art embracing the mind, body and spirit, which originated in ancient China, Tai Chi is one of the most effective exercises for health of mind and body. Although an art with great depth of knowledge and skill, it can be easy to learn and soon delivers its health benefits. For many, it continues as a lifetime journey.

Tai chi was created based on nature and harmony. The gentle flowing movements contain inner power that strengthens the body, improves mental balance and brings better health and harmony to people’s lives. Nowadays, Tai Chi is practised in every corner of the world for health improvement and for good reason. Scientific studies show that Tai Chi improves and possibly prevents chronic conditions such as Arthritis, heart disease and Diabetes. In addition, it improves balance, immunity and reduces stress. In fact, Tai Chi improves practically any aspect of health.

Here are a few comments from members of Sylvia’s Immingham class:

Pat (85) - " Since coming out of hospital following health issues and Covid, it was great to get back to Tai Chi to help my breathing and confidence”

Pam (79) - Tai Chi was wonderful today. Understanding weight transference and key points has helped me improve my form”

Jenny (76) – “Having recently finished my chemo, I lost strength, balance and being with people. It's great to be back doing what I love most”

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