T’ai Chi Chuan and Chi Kung
T’ai Chi Chuan and Chi Kung are internal forms of exercise which are rooted in the ancient healing arts of China. They are a series of flowing movements which combine the wisdom of the ancient Oriental philosophy of Taoism with the martial arts practised by the Buddhist monks in 17th century China. They integrate relaxation, meditation, breathing and postural techniques which help us develop balancing and harmonious movements. The full system can include individual exercises, flowing sequences or forms, partner work and meditation. Because of the emphasis on developing and harmonising internal structure, circulation and energy rather than muscular force, these arts can be practised by people of all ages, types and abilities, even those who might be prevented from joining in with other activities. They can be adapted to suit a wide range of needs. They are commonly practised for stress relief, to improve physical and mental health, to boost energy, meditation or indeed as martial arts.