According to Chinese Medicine, of which Tai Chi & Qigong Exercise is a part, all illness - be it mental, emotional or physical, arises when one's energy system has become out of balance. This weakens our immune system and our ability to cope with emotional stress.
Difficulty sleeping, frequent bouts of illness, stress, anxiety fatigue or pain are common indicators that there is a problem with one's internal energy system. The practice of Tai Chi & Qigong corrects these flows of energy to promote excellent health, indeed many of our students have come to us from a doctor's recommendation to 'try tai chi', or following a course of physiotherapy. Currently the physio dept at Farnham hospital refers people to our classes when their course of physio at Farnham is complete.
Classes at Surrey and Hants Tai Chi employ a 'follow me' format with lots of repetition and explanations, so you'll never be left wondering what you're learning or why.
Clear demonstrations and lots of 'follow me' practice means you'll feel confident in what you've learnt.
We encourage the use of our 300+ video tutorials library to supplement learning between classes and facilitate practice at home. This costs just £6 per month if you also attend classes. . Whilst most people will utilise the £6 add-on we don't automatically include the cost in our class subscriptions. This is because not everyone may have a device (laptop / tablet/ smart tv) to stream video from the internet, but it's good to know it's there if you want to make sure you're practicing correctly at home.
The following frequently asked questions which cover about 50% of all enquiries we get:
Q. Are there classes at other venues / days / evenings for beginners?
A. Apart from the classes listed on this website we currently have no confirmed plans to offer other classes for new beginners, nor to teach in other areas at the present time. I do teach at other venues / days/ eves but these classes are for experienced students. - see last question if this applies to you.
Q. I have a medical condition / injury / have just had surgery / knee replacement etc. Will this class be OK for me?
A. We cannot comment on the suitability of the class for any particular condition you have because we are not medical professionals. Our professional Indemnity insurance forbids us to give any such 'unprofessional' advice. Your doctor's opinion should be sought prior to starting any new exercise.
Q. I will be away one week in the month, can I pay for 3 weeks / roll over the missed class / pay in cash / just when I attend?.
A. Sorry, that's a No to all . Bookings are paid by the month, online only, but you are always in control of your payments, and it's up to you whether to renew or not. If you don't want to continue learning with us. then don't renew for the following month
Q. I've already got some Tai Chi experience, do you offer a suitable class?
A. Yes, if you have at least a year's experience of either Yang Style, or Beijing 24 Tai Chi we may have a suitable improvers class. Use the contact us option and tell us when you learnt / how long for/ what style / forms you studied and if you can remember any of what you learnt.
Q What do I wear / what equipment will i need?
A. Comfortable loose fitting clothes are best - AVOID clingy lycra / gym / yoga type clothing and anything with a low/ revealing neckline or clingy groin area as there is quite a bit of bending over involved and the person facing you / behind would probably prefer that you keep your private bits. private so they can concentrate on the movements and not on what you're wearing ;-P
Most important are your shoes; wear non-slip flat soled shoes, or trainers with a thin sole. Shoes that allow your foot to spread to it's natural shape and which you can feel the ground through is ae best for Tai Chi. No bare feet (includes just socks), sandals or flip flops please. No equipment / uniform is required.
Q I'm worried about catching Covid, what measures do you have in place?
A. At present (Summer 2022) we are keeping the external doors and windows open and maintaining a good distance between participants. We are not jumping around, panting aerobically, so this also lessens the 'aerosol' effect. We have a strict 'do not attend if you feel unwell' policy so please stay home if you have a temperature, cough, runny nose or feel off colour any particular week.
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