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“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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Tai chi – keeps body and brain on the go!

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Brain training games may not provide the benefits to brain health they claim to, according to experts.

Instead, a report from the Global Council on Brain Health recommends that people engage in stimulating activities such as learning a musical instrument, taking up tai chi, designing a quilt or gardening.

It said the younger a person started these activities, the better their brain function would be as they aged.

Age UK said it was never too late to learn something new.

The council – which is a collaboration of international scientists, health professionals and policy experts – has produced a report on the best ways to stimulate the brain and reduce cognitive decline.

It said that although many people thought playing online games, such as puzzles and mind games, designed to improve brain health was important, the evidence regarding the benefits was “weak to non-existent”.

“If people play a ‘brain game’, they may get better at that game, but improvements in game performance have not yet been shown to convincingly result in improvements in people’s daily cognitive abilities,” the report said.

For example, there was no evidence that playing sudoku would help you manage your finances any better, it added.

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The report recommends seeking out new activities that challenge the way you think and are socially engaging, while leading a healthy lifestyle.

Examples include:

  • practising tai chi
  • researching your family tree
  • photography classes
  • cooking
  • gardening
  • learning new technologies
  • creative writing
  • art projects
  • volunteering

James Goodwin, chief scientist at Age UK, which helped set up the Global Council on Brain Health, said brain decline was not inevitable.

He said: “There are plenty of activities that we can start today that can provide benefits for brain health, if they are new to you and require your concentrated attention.

“They may even be activities that you do regularly in your life, such as playing with grandchildren, gardening or playing cards.

“Even though it’s never too late to learn something new, the overwhelming message from this report is that you shouldn’t wait until later life to try to maintain your brain health.”

(BBC News 02/08/17)

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