CONNECTING: Keri Webb (at left) instructs a class in the practice of Taoist tai chi in the park behind  Mermaid Beach Community Centre.
CONNECTING: Keri Webb (at left) instructs a class in the practice of Taoist tai chi in the park behind Mermaid Beach Community Centre.

Gentle and enjoyable Tai Chi aids pain relief

LOOKING for anything to stop recurring back pain, Keri Webb tried tai chi.

The results were so good, she decided to pass on the benefits and is now an accredited Taoist tai chi instructor.

This form of tai chi is a gentle and enjoyable whole body exercise. It has been developed especially to benefit both mind and body, for people of all ages, and with all physical conditions.

"After injuries and years of increasing back problems that did not respond to physio or chiropractic, severely decreased mobility and pain led me to try tai chi," Keri said.

"Eighteen years ago, and with no real expectations, this really was a last resort.

"Improvement came gradually, and today I hold this form of tai chi responsible for the degree of balance, mobility, flexibility and good health that I otherwise would not have had."

Keri is an instructor for both beginners and continuing practitioners.

"To maintain accreditation, instructors are required to work on their own form by attending the various more intensive workshops and forums that are made available during the course of each year," she said. Taoist tai chi can be adapted to all fitness levels and physical problems.

"A few of the many commonly reported aspects of regularly practising tai chi included improved balance, flexibility and bone density, greater stress reduction, and social connectiveness and enjoyment," Keri said.

The Taoist Tai Chi Society of Australia is holding a free open house at Mermaid Beach Community Centre, 2439 Gold Coast Hwy, on July 28 from 11am to noon.

This is everyone's opportunity to learn a few moves, to chat with instructors and other members, to ask questions and find out more about the benefits of tai chi.

New beginner classes start on Saturday, August 4, from 8.30am to 10am.

The first class is an obligation-free introductory session where you see a demonstration, learn about the health benefits and learn the first three moves.

Taoist Tai Chi is an international non-profit organisation. On the Gold Coast, classes are held at Nerang, Mermaid Beach, Burleigh Heads and Coolangatta.

For details, phone (07) 3357 5600.


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