A new Tai Chi class in Chelford is looking for members. | Knutsford Times

A new Tai Chi class in Chelford is looking for members.

By on May 3, 2012

Dave leads the class in Brush Knee Twist Step

As well as being an excellent form of exercise, suitable for all members of the family, it’s also great for relaxation and de-stressing, as it focuses and calms the mind. The health benefits have been well-known for centuries, and include improved balance, posture, co-ordination, circulation and muscle tone.

“It’s accessible to all, as you don’t need specialist equipment, just loose-fitting clothes and soft footwear that you can move in,“ explains instructor Dave Bailey, 2008 Tui Shou gold medallist at the British Open Championships. “When carried out properly, it’s equivalent to an internal massage of the joints. As Tai Chi is low impact, it’s suitable for any age, and can help with health problems and recuperation from injury.”

Classes held in Congleton have proved so successful that Dave has started the new class in Chelford Village Hall, teaching Wudang Tai Chi Chuan, one of the eight ‘true styles’.

Retiree Linda Stevens has been doing Tai Chi for five years, and credits it with her rapid recovery from illness. “As a result of my weekly sessions, I had good balance and co-ordination, which enabled me to make a rapid return to fighting fitness!”

Martin Ball, whose son JJ, aged 10, is the youngest member of the Congleton class, adds, “It’s a great way to relax after a week’s work, and excellent food for both body and soul.”

Classes are held on Tuesdays evenings at Chelford Village Hall, and Friday evenings at Congleton High School, and cost £4 per session. Classes are suitable for all levels, from beginners upwards, and are conducted in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. For more details, or to book a place, please call Dave Bailey on 07801 557200.

Story submitted and written by Sara Walker

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