Tai Chi for All
We are a not for profit social enterprise and community interest company. Mpower People CIC supports a large range of people looking to improve their lives, increase their skills and reduce isolation. We recently held some Tai Chi sessions to see if it was an activity that our clients would like to take part in and they really enjoyed it!
Now, we would like to be able to deliver Tai Chi sessions to our clients, and anyone else who want to join us for 12 weeks. This will help us build the group back up and allow more people to access the service.
We will be working with the Independent School of Tai Chi and one of their wonderful instructors, Martin Stewart-Ryan will be delivering the sessions. We have previously worked with him before and the clients are comfortable with the way he delivers the sessions and tailors it to the needs of the group.
Our sessions will be inclusive for all - all abilities, all ages and will be held in the wonderful MPAC building which is disability friendly and have excellent public transport links. (It is 5 minutes walk from Lime Street Station and 2 minutes walk from bus stops on London Road.)
The Health Benefits of Tai Chi
This gentle form of exercise can help maintain strength, flexibility and balance.
Tai Chi is often described as "mediation in motion" but it might well be called "medication in motion". There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice, which originated in China as a martial art, has value in treating or preventing many health problems. And you can get started even if you aren't in top shape or the best of health.
In this low-impact, slow-motion exercise, you go without pausing through a series of motions named for animal actions - for example, "white crane spreads its wings". As you move, you breathe deeply and naturally, focusing your attention - as in some kinds of meditation - on your bodily sensations. Tai chi differs from other types of exercise in several respects. The movements are usually circular and never forced, the muscles are relaxed rather than tenses, the joints are not fully extended or bent, and connective tissues are not stretched. Tai chi can be easily adapted for anyone, from the most fit to people confined to wheelchairs or recovering from surgery.
Please fund our crowdfunder!
We are asking for donations to allow us to pay for the instructor, room hire and support worker volunteer expenses for 12 weeks.
Please think of our clients and the smiles you will be putting on their faces by donating to this project.