Tai Chi

What is it?

Tai Chi is a form of martial art that combines graceful movements with meditation allowing the body to move in a relaxed way. It is widely recognised and recommended by GPs for helping conditions such as high blood pressure and respiratory or chronic heart conditions. It can also help reduce stress, aid sleep, and provide relief from chronic back, neck and shoulder pain.

Who is it for?

Tai Chi is suitable for almost anyone. 250 million people the world over regularly practise Tai Chi. Whether you are young, middle aged, or a little later in years, Tai Chi can improve your energy levels, immune system, balance, or help to address more serious complaints.

What to expect

Tai Chi is taught at Courtyard in our light, modern studio. Class sizes are small meaning that you will have the full attention of your instructor. The pace is gentle but can be tailored to suit your needs. Come dressed in comfortable clothing which allows you to move freely. Footwear is not required during the class.

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Meet the instructors

Mark Collins

Mark Collins

Thai Chi Instructor

I have over 35 years’ experience in martial arts. I started training in Karate in 1979, having been inspired several years earlier by both Bruce Lee films. After discovering Mark Leonard’s class in 2001 in Bristol, I knew that this  was the start of a lifelong passion of Tai Chi.

Here’s What Our Clients Think of Us

For Karla (Hypnotherapist)

“I was here on 3-day work experience. The first day I was nervous but there was a ‘family atmosphere’ where everyone was really welcoming and made me feel comfortable. I enjoyed every minute and would love to come again.” Charlie Edwards

For Vicky (Vim and Vigour)

“I am now nearing the end of my second course of Vim and Vigour sessions. I must say, along with thoroughly enjoying myself I have noticed an improvement in my balance, core strength and flexibility over this period. My thanks go to Vicky who has focused the activities towards my particular needs and has also raised my awareness of how to combat the ageing issues my body is facing. Thank you.” Karen McDonald

For Jo (Physiotherapy)

“I have to say that in all my years, working and coaching, and being treated myself, that was one of the finest pieces of work I’ve ever witnessed. My daughter is a very complex, head strong young lady. I am truly in awe of the way Jo took on the mental and physical challenges in a way she could accept. Very grateful for all you’ve done”         

 For Jo Roberts (Equipment Based Pilates)

“Over the last 2 years of rehab, I’ve done lots of different exercises, some extreme that have worked me hard. This is the only one that I’ve had to ask to stop mid-session to get a drink of water, that’s how hard it pushes you, do not underestimate this fantastic form of exercise.” Jerry Fowler

Ready to Make a Change?

Making that first appointment is the most important part. If you’re not quite sure what you need don’t worry, give us a call or send an email. Our job is to help you find the best way forward with the most appropriate treatment plan or class for you.