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A Physical View of Tai Chi

Although the history and origins of the ancient oriental practise of Tai Chi Chuan lie deep in mystical legends; the physical, mental and spiritual rewards of participating in this callisthenic fine art are very real indeed.

Whatever the student wishes to gain from the study of the subject, there are plenty of physical benefits that are reported from the start.

It is initially believed that, as Tai Chi is in fact a Martial Art, that only the physically fit may practise it. That could not be further from the truth. Even the immobile and frail may greatly improve their various conditions – just by trying some of the gentle yet effective movements.

As well as the physical movements, the breathing and relaxation exercises can help to relieve some discomfort and pain; and, if the person concerned finds an interest in the philosophy, this greatly increases the ‘will-to-live’.
For people recovering from illness, injury, stroke or heart attack, for example,   Tai Chi is a good way to begin moving again without causing any damage. Also it is the natural progression from physiotherapy or cardiac rehab.

The slow and controlled style takes the body through the full range of movements and the muscles become stronger to support the bones and joints. It can however be hard on weak or arthritic knees, so it is very important that the student take regular breathers until they become stronger.

As the balance of concentration, moving, relaxing and breathing occupy the brain just enough to stimulate without stressing, it helps to find new pathways for re-learning basic movements after a stroke and for MS sufferers.

People have found that learning the slow and precise movements actually helps them to react quickly when needed and they become more ambidextrous and coordinated. Sportsmen and women now practice Tai Chi, including rugby players and ballet dancers.

As you become more aware of your body and your surroundings, your whole body’s circulation, flexibility, stamina and balance will improve.
Other benefits include improvement of ME, asthma, panic attacks, claustrophobia, and the list goes on.

In summary then, Tai Chi is an excellent preventative and curative therapy that is safe and effective. Together with a balanced diet and other regular exercise such as walking and/or swimming, it should add years to ones life.




Tai Chi Classes


Amanda Barrell Tai Chi Classes

Amanda Barrell

“Tai Chi exercises the body, soothes the mind and lifts the spirit.”

Most classes cost £4 (plus an annual membership fee of £8).  You can reach Amanda Barrell. 07885-682078 or email a.barrell731@btinternet.com 

She is also available for private books from £30 an hour.





Benmar House (for people with MS and their carers)

Welfare Crescent Residents Association

Cleveland Avenue, Newbiggin

Hepscott Village Hall





Holy Family Church Stakeford (next to the Cherry Tree Pub)



Morpeth Therapy Centre Watson House 23 Oldgate 01670 511293

10-11 am


Granary Leisure Centre Amble

01665 710727



Lynemouth Miners’ Welfare


Please contact Amanda to confirm current availability.

Tai Chi was developed from a Chinese martial art.  The graceful movements all have different names.  Tai Chi can help people with mobility problems get some movement back

Tips to remember

Introductory points

Warming up exercises

1.  Slowly stretch one arm above your head until it is fully extended.  Lower it gradually.   Repeat the movement using the other arm.

2.  In turn: shrug your shoulders; shake your hands; shake your feet.

3.  With your feet apart, take one step forward.  Bend your arms at the elbow and hold them close to either side of your body at about waist height. Keeping your hands edgewise with the palms facing each other, move your hands as if you were imitating a train.

4.  With your right foot forward, bend your arms at the elbow, hold them at waist level and keep the palms of your hands facing the floor.  Move your hands as if you were polishing a table.  (Move hands forward and back and from left to right)

5.  Repeat the previous exercise but with your left foot forward.

6.  With your feet apart, sway gently from side to side.  Raise the right arm in front of you to about chest height and then lower it.  Now raise and lower the left.  Now sway your body to the right as you raise and lower your right arm and to your left as your raise and lower your left arm.

7.  Walk around the room slowly and gracefully.  As each foot moves forward, move the corresponding arm forward as well.  As each foot moves back, move the corresponding arm back as well. 

8.  With your feet apart and your knees slightly bent, move your arms up to about chest height in front of you – keep the palms of your hands facing towards the floor.  Straighten your knees.   






Steve Oliver Tai Chi Classes


For all enquires regarding Steve Oliver Classes please email him on steveoliver62@aol.com or call 01670-712066





Morpeth Riverside Leisure Centre

U3A Whiltey Bay


Cramlington Village Community Centre

Wallsend Cedar Grove Centre

9.15 - 10.15am £4.00

11 - 12.00

(please ring for details-01670 712066)

12.45 - 2pm £4.00

2.30 - 3.30pm £3.00 (Age UK Class)


Bedlington Trinity Church

U3A Ponteland Merton Hall


Cramlington Hillcrest School

2 -3pm £4.00

3.50-4.50pm abd 4.55-5.55pm

(please ring for details - 01670 712066)

6.30 - 7.45pm £4.00


Ponteland St Mary's Church Hall

Morpeth Stobhill Parish Hall

10 -11am £4.00

12 - 1pm £4.00


Newcastle Sports Injury Clinic

(please note- now on 3rd floor. access only by stairs)

10.45 - 11.45 £6

bookable 0191-2330500