What is Tai Chi?

Tai Chi is actually a Chinese Martial Art and as such each movement has a combat or fighting application, however nowadays it is practised for its health and wellbeing benefits.

It originated from China many thousands of years ago and is, today, practised all over the World. Tai Chi is well known for its slow, gentle, flowing moves and deep breathing techniques. There are many different Tai Chi styles and interpretations, some traditional and some much more modern.

What does it entail?

Tai Chi is a low impact exercise and whilst seems easy and effortless, can be very detailed and intricate to study. It combines graceful manoeuvres, that focus on good posture, technique and breathing.

Tai Chi has a vast number of separate movements with unusual names such as White Crane Spreads Its Wings, Stroking the Horses Mane, Cloud Hands or Repulse the Monkey. These movements are combined into a sequence of steps called a Tai Chi Form, which looks like a graceful dance performed in slow motion.

Why is it good for you?

There are many positive benefits from practising Tai Chi including improvements in strength, less joint pain and stiffness, improved balance and mobility, enhanced range of motion, reduced risk of falls, better reaction times, better coordination, lower stress, mindfulness, reduction in anxiety, improved mental wellbeing and mood, relaxation and an increase in mind/body connection and body awareness.

It’s suitable for anyone, any age, any fitness level – if you haven’t yet – you must give it a try!

What is QiGong?

QiGong is a system of holistic health exercises developed through Traditional Chinese Medicine.  It dates back thousands of years and is based on the belief that all living things have Qi (Life Force Energy) flowing in and around them through Meridians (Channels) and they exist with a balance of Yin and Yang.

QiGong exercises have been devised to stimulate these Meridians and unblock stagnate Qi, and move and cultivate Qi in our body with the aim of keeping us happy and healthy.

We can define QiGong as Energy Work because Qi’ means Energy, Life Force Energy or Prana and ‘Gong’ means Work or Practice.

What does it entail?

As a Traditional Chinese Medicine, QiGong views the body as an organic whole and its exercises are designed to focus on specific areas of the body. They nurture and heal the body from the inside out, bringing a positive impact on mind and body, and restoring a natural balance of Yin and Yang.

QiGong exercises are simple to follow, slow and controlled movements. They are often performed in a set of repetitions. QiGong is referred to as Moving Meditation or Meditation in Motion.

QiGong can be practised by anyone, of any fitness level and any age. The exercises can be performed standing up or sitting down.

Why is it good for you?

QiGong movements are practised slowly so it gives us the time to consider our posture, enabling us to build better body alignment and awareness. It uses our major muscles groups, helping to build strength, tone and flexibility, without any heavy impact on joints and bones. We also focus on deep breathing techniques, that expand the chest and lungs. We aim to be mindful within our QiGong movements and over time we can create a connection between our mind and body. This requires us to be present during practise  which means that QiGong is a great relaxation exercise and can be used very successfully in stress relief, calming an anxious mind and uplifting a low mood.


TAI CHI and QIGONG are extremely complimentary when practised together for our health, fitness and well-being. Although studies are limited, Tai Chi is celebrated around the World as having a vast number of physical and mental  health benefits whilst QiGong is well known for a ‘moving meditation’.

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It works all major muscle groups within the body especially the arm and leg muscles, developing strength, power and endurance. Tai Chi is recognised as one of the most effective ways for us to maintain our strength and balance in later years. This has such a positive effect on our overall quality of life and enable us to stay active as we age.


Postures and stances teach good body alignment, effective weight distribution and weight transfer helping to improve balance and movement in everyday life.


Any physical activity will lead to enhanced respiratory and circulation in the body. Although low impact, Tai Chi movements still deliver cardiovascular benefits. QiGong Flow movements focus on slowing and deepening the breath, by expanding the lungs and chest.


QiGong works and cultivates the Qi Energy in and around our bodies with the belief that this maintains optimum Qi Circulation, helps to move stagnate Qi, reduces the risk of illness and keeps us fit healthy.


Its sequences use the arms, legs and breathing in partnership. It requires concentration and focus to perform each Tai Chi Form and QiGong Flow, which over time can help develop a mind body connection or mindfulness within our practice.


Tai Chi develops a mindfulness and mind-body connection. This brings with it a sense of calm and peace to the practitioner that can lead to reducing stress, better coping with life and creating a positive outlook. QiGong is known to be moving meditation or meditation in motion which can be very effective as a relaxation tool. Regular practice of Tai Chi and QiGong has been proven to be of great benefit to our overall mental well-being.

If practised as part of a group, Tai Chi and QiGong provides an opportunity for social connection and interaction.