Tai Chi originally developed as a martial art in 13th Century China and is a gentle form of exercise combining deep breathing and slow, smooth co-ordinated movements.
More recently it has been shown to improve general wellbeing by reducing stress and blood pressure. Other physical benefits include improved balance, flexibility and strength. Health departments in Australia and New Zealand have now implemented Tai Chi as a form of exercise to reduce falls.
Elaine has qualified through The Tai Chi for Health Institute, which has modified Tai Chi to make it more usable for seniors with arthritic conditions.