STAY BALANCED: Tai Chi is a brilliant exercise for helping to prevent falls by achieving physical, mental and emotional balance.
STAY BALANCED: Tai Chi is a brilliant exercise for helping to prevent falls by achieving physical, mental and emotional balance. nullplus

Healthy mind and body for Warwick men

THIS new year, it's time for the blokes to improve their overall well-being.

In an attempt to help the process, Janet Bishop is conducting classes entitled an Introduction to Tai Chi for Health and Relaxation for Guys, Blokes, Men and Boys.

Ms Bishop said she had been running general Tai Chi classes in Warwick for about five years.

"And over that time I've noticed that men don't come along much," she said.

"At a recent conference, it seemed that all the teachers were noticing the same thing.

"So we brainstormed and developed a new format to try, and I'll very much be relying on the feedback and ideas of the menfolk of the community."

Ms Bishop said their were four reasons people chose to practise Tai Chi.

 "There's the martial arts side of things, there's the competition style, there's the health benefits and there's the traditional Tai Chi, as performed by the monks in the monasteries," she said.

"The health benefits are many.

"Tai Chi is slow controlled movement, so it builds muscle, supports joints, improves balance, reduces falls,  improves strength, reduces stress and anxiety, reduce aches and pains, promotes good sleep health, improves focus and awareness and improves co-ordination.

Ms Bishop said she was asking for help to test, trial and develop a new session format.

"We will learn some Qi Gong, Sun Style, Yang Style and Chen Style Tai Chi over four weeks," she said.

"Your life experience is valued and your advice and feedback is needed."

The cost is $5 a session for four weeks, then $12 a session for remainder of the school term, from Tuesday, February 6 to - Wednesday, March 28.

Ms Bishop said the class would be suitable for both beginners and the experienced.

"Participants are able to pay $12 for the first session in a week, and $2 for any other session held - in case people want to do one class at Warwick and another at Allora, for example, because twice a week is highly recommended to get the most benefit," she said.

"I also want to keep it affordable, so for all sessions I am willing to accept credits through the community exchange.

"All are welcome."

Classes will be held at Red Rose Healing Centre at shop 1/44-46 Wood Street are from 5.30pm to 6.30pm or 6.30pm to 7.30pm (for the men).

Allora classes will be held at the Allora RSL Hall at 8.30am on Thursdays and Clifton classes will be held at Clifton Senior Citizens Hall at 10.30am on Thursdays.

Phone Janet Bishop on 0428891277 for more information or to enrol.

Limited places are available.



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