About Swimming Dragon Tai Chi
SWIMMING DRAGON Tai Chi
Tai chi is a type of low-impact, gentle and flowing exercise. It is very good for your well-being. As it developed, it took on the purpose of enhancing physical and mental health. Practiced in a variety of styles, tai chi involves slow, gentle movements, deep breathing, and meditation.
Swimming Dragon Tai Chi builds gradually into an enhanced form of the very popular 24 step simplified Tai Chi.
Tai Chi improves the flow of energy through the body, leading to better wellness and a wide range of potential benefits.
Tai Chi warm up Qi Gong
John Read, (the chief instructor) has studied Tai Chi, Qi Gong and many traditional Chinese health arts.
He is a fully qualified teacher (PGCE) of over 30 years experience.
Your well-being is the focus of the classes, ensuring safe, fun and gentle stretching movement, and greatly improves the balance and coordination, leading to better wellness and a wide range of potential benefits.
The benefits include:
Improved stamina, conditioning, coordination and flexibility
Reduced pain and stiffness
Better balance and lower risk of falls
Enhanced relaxation and feeling of well-being
Greater awareness, calmness, and fitness
A more positive outlook
What are the health benefits of Tai Chi?
Because of the gentle nature of tai chi, researchers are particularly interested in the potential tai chi has of providing benefits for older adults.
Here are some examples of the kind of results that have encouraged researchers:
Balance and strength. The Oregon Research Institute in the US found that, after six months, tai chi participants were twice as likely to have no trouble performing moderate to rigorous activities as nonparticipants. The benefit was greatest among those who started with the poorest health or worst function. Other studies have shown a reduction in falls among tai chi participants. In the 1990s, two US studies found that tai chi exercises cut the fear of falling and risk of falls among older people. Two small sports medicine studies suggest that tai chi may improve sensitivity to nerve signals in ankles and knees, which might prevent falls. But an evidence-based review of many studies only confirmed better balance -- not a reduction in falls.
Osteoarthritis. Patients with osteoarthritis assigned to a tai chi group during a three-month study reported less joint pain and stiffness than when they started. They also had less pain and stiffness than patients in a control group. Tai chi may help improve mobility in the lower limb joints of those with rheumatoid arthritis. However, the NHS cautions it is still not known if tai chi can reduce pain in people with rheumatoid arthritis or improve their quality of life.
John Read, Chief Instructor at Beeston, was awarded second place in the 4th International Health QiGong Tournament, 2011, as part of the Great Britain team. He has taught for over 30 years and enjoys teaching people who want to do Tai Chi for relaxation and escaping "humdrum life", as well as those who wish to be their best at the beautiful and ancient Chinese art. Qi Gong is great for balancing the energies of the mind & body, and easing the muscles & joints.
The NHS now recommend Tai Chi.
What are the health benefits of QiGong?
The picture above is of a Shaolin Temple wall painting, which shows some monks exercising. Notice some are using a stick as an aid.
The history of qigong, the Chinese practice of aligning breath, movement, and awareness for exercise, healing, and well-being, extends back more than 4,000 years. Contemporary qigong is a further development of the ancient Chinese meditative practice. We use a special light weight soft stick as an aid to focus the mind, increase the Qi flow and help concentration.
John is the chief instructor and founder of the East Midlands Wushu Association
which is a member of Tne B.C.C.M.A. (British Council for Chinese Martial Arts - the only governing body for Chinese Martial Arts, recognized by the British Sports Council). John was a National and International Judge for the BCCMA for many years and has trained with the top masters e.g. Chen Xiao Wang, Wang Hai Jun, Professor Li De Yin and others..