Birches Head Tai Chi for health and well being taster

Ref: C3125378

This course is designed to help anyone who wants to improve their health and wellbeing making it possible to stay active. The exercises are gentle and can be carried out seated or standing. Participants can learn Tai Chi and Qigong exercises which can help improve posture , balance , coordination and general wellbeing. Learning about Tai Chi principles such as weight transference and situation awareness can also help in preventing falls. Participants can also discover how to obtain health information and how to get the best out of the NHS. Learners will also research activities in their local area.

Course aim

To give an introduction to Tai Chi and Qigong and to practice the exercise safely . To improve health and fitness ,aid balance and coordination,reduce the risk of falls. To research activities in the area and source health information. To have fun learning something new!

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

There will be low impact exercises suited to all abilities. Topics will reflect general health and wellbeing such as fall prevention , looking after your bones and also social topics such as community activities.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

1. Demonstrate three Tai Chi / Qigong exercises. 2. Demonstrate an awareness of two of the Tai Chi principles. 3. List three ways of preventing falls. 4. Discuss how to access health information. 5. Name three activities taking place locally.

How will I know I'm making progress?

Progress in health and learning outcomes will be measured through informal beginning and end assesments . Learners will be given informal guidance on progress. Learners are encouraged to participate at a level they feel comfortable with and to set their own targets.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Wear comfortable loose clothing and suitable flat footwear (trainers if possible). May like to bring a drink . Reading glasses if needed. Inhalers if needed

Reading and information sources

What could the course lead to?

Further WEA courses. Joining clubs or local societies , gyms etc. Further study with college or council courses Become a Volunteer with WEA or other organisation.

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Birches Head Tai Chi for health and well being taster Course Outline


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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
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