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Fibro Active: Small Steps to Health

Boost Your Movement and Confidence: Explore Our Fall Prevention Classes

Our sessions focus on fall prevention for individuals aged 18 and above, emphasizing the significance of strengthening leg muscles. Falls can happen to anyone, and our classes welcome participants of all ages and abilities.

Particularly crucial for those with predominantly sedentary lifestyles, strengthening leg muscles not only reduces the risk of falling but also addresses joint and muscle pain associated with decreased mobility. By investing in leg strength and balance, participants gain confidence in daily activities, improve mobility, and enhance overall well-being, regardless of age or activity level.

What type of classes do you offer?

We provide a variety of classes to cater to different preferences. We offer four classes incorporating Tai Chi and Qigong moves, suitable for all, as well as some classes designed for those seeking a more challenging experience.

Read about our different classes here.

Are classes exclusively available to members?

No! These classes are open to anyone aged 18 and above.

Whether or not you experience Fibromyalgia (FM) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and part of the Fibro Active Group, you are invited to join us.

What are the Membership Costs and How Can I Join?

Discover our Tai Chi and Qigong classes with flexible options: one class weekly for £21/month or two classes for £33.75/month. Joining our Small Steps to Health classes is easy—just check out our Lotus Membership page for details.

More details on how to join here. 

Small Steps to Health Classes

Free Beginner’s Tai Chi
Seated & Standing

Our own unique class focuses on breathing, posture and balance. Gentle stretches and relaxation are combined with weekly themes and chosen tai chi and qigong moves. This course gives you all the benefits of set routines without having to remember the moves. Giving you the confidence to move onto other course when you are ready.

This course is suitable for everyone. Just follow and practice.

Tai Chi for Arthritis
Sun Style

Our Tai Chi for Health Institute classes feature Tai Chi for Arthritis Part 1 and 2, including Falls Prevention, known as the Sun Style Short Form. Designed for individuals with arthritis, fibromyalgia, and balance issues, these classes introduce the Sun Style Short Form with Tai Chi for Health warm-ups, Qigong relaxation, and step-by-step learning methods for new movements.

Traditional Yang Style
Tai Chi

For those seeking a challenge, our yang class offers 8, 16, and 24-step forms. The 24-step form, known globally, enhances balance and grace.

Classes include energetic warm-ups, qigong routines, and learning new postures, helping you elevate your balance skills.

British Health Qigong

Improve your flexibility and strength with our British Health Qigong Association routines.

These graceful routines require minimal space and are ideal for complementing your health and wellness regimen. Controlled breathing techniques and relaxation exercises are incorporated to leave you feeling relaxed and energized.

Small Steps to Health: Who are the instructors?

Julie Barker, Group Chairperson, and Jane Gordon, Group Treasurer, uphold professional standards while navigating chronic illness. They began their tai chi journey in September 2016 under Christopher Davenport at Impact Physio, becoming certified Tai Chi for Arthritis Instructors in February 2018. Further, they expanded their expertise in Yang style, achieving qualifications as Deyin Institute Level 1 instructors and British Health Qigong Association Instructors in July 2021.

They are also qualified to conduct Otago and Falls Friends/Ambassador workshops.

Testimonials: What some of our students have to say

Reduce StressImprove balanceEnhance healthBuild immunityGentle movementsLift moodReduce back painIncrease muscle strengthIncrease flexibilityMindfulnessBreathing techniquesAchieve

Fibro Active were originally 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 to deliver the programme to help reduce the risk of trips and falls in the community. Our instructors have also been funded by Erewash Brough Council Community grant to train as British Health Qigong Association instructors to continue the quality standards in their delivery.

To ensure we maintain quality standards our instructors are registered with the the following tai chi and qigong associations.


Looking to Join Fibro Active Support Group?

Interested in becoming a part of our local support group? Check out our about page, where you can find details about our group’s activities, mission, and the supportive atmosphere we provide. Discover how to join us and find any additional information you might need to become an active member of our community.