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Discover the Benefits of Tai Chi QiGong Shibashi at Redcatch Community Garden

Updated: Jun 14

Since the summer of 2023, the lovely Dr Jayne Bailey has run fantastic Tai Chi QiGong Shibashi classes here at Recatch Community Garden. Over 120 people have already experienced the benefits of this slow, gentle, yet powerful exercise. This initiative began as a response to community conversations on health and wellbeing held at the Garden, in collaboration with the South Bristol Locality Partnership. One of our primary goals is to address the risk of trips and falls as we age.

The Benefits of Tai Chi

Practicing Tai Chi offers numerous benefits. Studies have shown that regular practice can reduce blood pressure in individuals with hypertension, alleviate stress and help manage chronic pain. While scientific measurements of community class benefits can be challenging, our participants consistently report improvements in both physical and mental health. The social aspect of the classes is also highly valued, providing a chance to meet new friends and enjoy a cup of tea together.

Marion's Story

We'd like to share the inspiring journey of one of our regular participants, Marion Hall. Marion has battled spondylitis for nearly 50 years, leading to severe stiffness and tightness in her neck and back muscles, frequent falls and continuous pain. This chronic condition also caused dizziness and nausea whcih has significantly impacted her quality of life.

Since starting Tai Chi, Marion has experienced remarkable improvements. Her muscles have become more relaxed and supple, her pain has lessened and her balance has improved, resulting in fewer trips and no falls. Her nausea has also improved immensely, leading to a brighter mental state. Marion concludes that doing Tai Chi in a group is a social occasion, saying that "we smile and laugh, so leave with peace and happiness."

Marion's pain has improved since starting Tai Chi

Marion initially faced some discomfort but persisted by slowing down and following our 70% rule, which emphasises working within a comfortable range of movement. It's been a joy to see her improve and she always brings a smile to our classes!

Our Classes

We now offer two Tai Chi classes every Friday afternoon:

  1. Shibashi Set 1: 3:00 PM - For those aged over 55, in collaboration with AgeUK Bristol. This class is suitable for all, including those with limited mobility, and can be done seated.

  2. Shibashi Set 2: 4:00 PM - Open to everyone, regardless of age, who feels they could benefit from the practice.

On World Tai Chi Day, we held a special taster session, where participants expressed interest in an early evening class during the week. Stay tuned for updates!

Join Us

If you're interested in experiencing the benefits of Tai Chi, we welcome you to join our drop-in classes for just £2.

For any queries before you start, please email Jayne at or drop by on a Friday afternoon for a chat or to observe the class.

NB: Always consult your GP or health professional regarding any health conditions before starting new exercise classes.

Rediscover your balance, reduce stress and become part of our warm, welcoming community at Redcatch Community Garden. We look forward to seeing you there! 💚

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