client feedback

 

“I had a wonderful week – truly relaxing, inspiring, beautiful (in many ways!), safe and a true holiday – “wellness at its best!”.”  Rachel, client, South West England.

“Helen is an inspired and inspiring Tai Chi instructor. Her lessons are infused with the same joy that her entire personality seems to be infused with. She works well with both beginners and experts at Tai Chi. I’m looking forward to following her course again.”  Madeleine, client, Netherlands

“How was your holiday?  To everyone who has asked, I have replied…Perfect…just perfect.  Thank you for making last week a very special and memorable one for me.  It was an absolute pleasure to share it with you all in such a spiritual and beautiful environment.” Jane, client, South West England

“The energy’s still flowing, and the serenity and warmth I found with you all regularly surfaces out of the blue, and I suddenly find myself smiling. Lovely!”    Sue, client, London, England

“I’d like to say how much I enjoyed your classes in fact the whole week was such fun and easy and the company was great too. My feet really appreciated Jane’s massage!” Rena, client, South East England

“That was a great week and thanks to both of you for everything.” Bob, client, Wales

“You will be pleased to know I have been practising the mountain top (and some other moves which I can’t remember the names of!!) nearly everyday and I find it very relaxing and enjoyable!! Thank you so much for introducing me to Tai Chi, I have even ordered a qi gong dvd.” Kuldip, client, London, England

“Ok ladies, VOILA !!!   Thanks again for the beautiful week we had, it was just perfectly “upright, relaxed and comfortable!!!”  Aline, client, Belgium

“It was such a lovely week, thank you so much for all your efforts trying to get us doing warmups and the form, not an easy task, particularly first thing in the morning! My sessions with Jane were also lovely.” Billie, client, South East England

“Had a great time crashing part of your course. Thank you so much for your company, I had a blast. I shall investigate the gin thing properly soon. G&Ts for everyone! Thank you again!” Carla, client, California, USA.

“It has been a pleasure working with Helen over the years and I look forward to more years of successful collaboration. Intelligent and thoughtful, she makes her work fun and at the same time takes it seriously, which is appreciated by her students. I can wholeheartedly recommend Helen.”   Tim Pennell, owner of La Serrania retreat centre, Mallorca
 

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What did tai chi ever do for me?

man-dressed-in-white-praticing-tai-chi-on-beaschThe health and wellbeing benefits of tai chi have been acknowledged over the centuries. The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi is where I refer people to, who appear to have a need to understand the benefits of tai chi and qigong from a scientific perspective.  For myself, I try to listen to my body and feel the benefits.   But each to their own.   In a nutshell, the physical benefits are summarised here.  But that’s only part of the story – the emotional and psychological effects vary from person to person.  Feedback from weekly classes, and from our WoW retreats in Mallorca often include the following: “I feel more relaxed – less stressed – more alert – more aware of my body and how I move/hold myself – less anxious – sleeping better – less depressed – feel “grounded” – physically tired, in a good way – better able to concentrate – feel accomplished – enjoy life more – have fun!”

No pain, big gains

Although tai chi is slow and gentle and doesn’t leave you breathless, it addresses the key components of fitness — muscle strength, flexibility, balance, and, to a lesser degree, aerobic conditioning. Here’s some of the evidence:

Muscle strength. Tai chi can improve both lower-body strength and upper-body strength. When practiced regularly, tai chi can be comparable to resistance training and brisk walking.

“Although you aren’t working with weights or resistance bands, the unsupported arm exercise involved in tai chi strengthens your upper body,” says internist Dr. Gloria Yeh, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. “Tai chi strengthens both the lower and upper extremities and also the core muscles of the back and abdomen.”

Flexibility. Tai chi can boost upper- and lower-body flexibility as well as strength.

Balance. Tai chi improves balance and, according to some studies, reduces falls. Proprioception — the ability to sense the position of one’s body in space — declines with age. Tai chi helps train this sense, which is a function of sensory neurons in the inner ear and stretch receptors in the muscles and ligaments. Tai chi also improves muscle strength and flexibility, which makes it easier to recover from a stumble. Fear of falling can make you more likely to fall; some studies have found that tai chi training helps reduce that fear.

Aerobic conditioning. Depending on the speed and size of the movements, tai chi can provide some aerobic benefits. If your clinician advises a more intense cardio workout with a higher heart rate than tai chi can offer, you may need something more aerobic as well.

Extract from http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/the-health-benefits-of-tai-chi

Come and join us on our 12th Annual WoW Week of Wellness on October 27th and see what tai chi does for you!  And if you already play with tai chi,  let us know how it makes you feel, and leave a comment.  We’d love to hear from you.

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