Elsa Williamson published Learning Tai Chi the traditional way




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WE caught up with a Tai Chi session which takes place in the Tesco Community Rooms at Hewitts Circus every Friday morning.

Taken by instructor Robert Claxton of Humberston, the group were concentrating on the principals of balance and well-being.

Robert has many years of experience in working with different health and well-being agencies, including Foresight, drug and alcohol groups and Helped the Aged and also takes a class especially for sufferers of multiple sclerosis also at the community rooms.

“I am an old-fashioned practitioner of Tai Chi,” smiled Robert.

“My classes have no music as we aim to achieve tranquility from within without any external influences.

“This helps during day to day life especially in times of stress, so learning this way can help people.

“It’s the Chinese Ru Jing practice,”said Robert.

Robert is very interested and keen to practice the ancient method of the Tai Chi Circle, a walking and healing medication practice process that which comes from ancient monks.

“Tai Chi also helps sufferers of fibromyalgia, diabetes and dementia and many other conditions.

“In fact, Tai Chi has been known to prevent type-one diabetes turning into the type-two,” said Robert.

The class comprised of a group of ladies from the Coffeemates, a social friendship group who regularly meet at the Gingerbread House in Humberston.

However there wasn’t a cup of coffee in sight, but a group of women learning from a master of the old traditional practice of Tai Chi.

Somehow you could feel the calmness within the room as the ladies went through their practiced graceful form of exercise involving a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing.

After the class we spoke to a couple of ‘mates’ about why they joined the group.

Sheila Smith of New Waltham, said: “I have been coming here for a year now and the benefits are amazing.

“I initially came as I had balancing issues and it’s so much better now.

“I feel so much more calmer inside too,” added Sheila (67).

Irene Matheson (70) of Marshchapel, said: “I have been doing this for nine-months now and I must say I sleep much better now.

“My health and general well-being has improved also,” she added.

Irene Matheson and Sheila Smith

After the session Sheila laughed: “Robert deserves a medal for keeping us women quiet for a whole hour!”

And Robert added: “I once gave a talk to the group at the Gingerbread House in Humberston and this is how these ladies came to join me.

“It is a pleasure to help and guide them through their journey and I’m sure their other Coffeemates will be surprised to learn how still and quiet they can be,” he smiled.

Robert’s classes in the Community rooms are on a Thursday for MS sufferers 1-2pm, and on a Friday, 10-11am and also teaches at the Moon on the Water, North Promenade Cleethorpes, for further information tel 01472 505477.

Tai Chi is a noncompetitive martial art known for both its defence techniques and its health benefits. An ancient Chinese tradition that has evolved over centuries to become a means of alleviating stress and anxiety, a form of meditation in motion. It advocates claim that it promotes serenity and inner peace.

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