Tai Chi For Arthritis

Fibro Active

To ensure we maintain excellent quality standards the Tai Chi for Arthritis Instructors are all registered members of the Tai Chi for Health Institute. We are not permitted to practice without this membership. We have to keep up to date with regular training and refreshers.

Typical Session

Our class’s start with the Tai chi for Arthritis warm up followed by a few minutes of relaxation practicing Qigong and then we follow the Stepwise Progressive Teaching Method each week learning a new movement. Followed by a cool down.

Want to know our schedule for classes?

Go to our Class Time Table page here.

Reported benefits of Tai Chi for Arthritis:
  • Pain relief and less stiffness
  • Improved balance and less falls
  • Uplifting of the spirit and greater relaxation
  • Improved ability to do daily tasks
  • Improved muscle strength and joint flexibility
  • Enjoyment of tai chi practice

Instructors

Christopher Davenport is our most experienced trainer. He is a Physiotherapist at Impact Physio and runs Tai Chi for Arthritis, Yang and Sun styles.

Chris is the lead instructor for the Fibro Active Tuesday mixed ability
class where all 3 instructors are present to enable us to break into smaller groups according to the levels of ability.

Julie Barker is Chairperson of Fibro Active and has recently qualified as a Tai Chi for Arthritis Instructor after attending the Tai Chi for Arthritis and Yang style classes at Impact Physio for 18 months and benefiting from practicing the styles. Julie is a former level 1 archery coach, small bore rifle instructor and community sports coach including female only level 1 boxing coach.

Jane Gordon is the Treasurer of Fibro Active and after joining Julie each week at Impact Physio also attended the Tai Chi for Arthritis course. Jane is a keen fitness guru and has spent many years swimming, jogging and walking.

Fibro Active have been funded by Public Health to deliver Tai Chi for Arthritis classes to group members. By training as instructors, we can make the Tai Chi classes sustainable for the group and work in partnership with other organisations such as Strictly no Falling and Broad Street Spiritualist Centre to deliver the programme to help reduce the risk of trips and falls in the community.
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