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Wellbeing - Tai Chi for Health & Relaxation

Course Title:

Wellbeing - Tai Chi for Health & Relaxation

Course Number:

CGKR A50043


Rycote Centre

Learning Area:

Health, Care


Level 1 (Mixed)


Elly Swanson

Start Date:

20 April 2018

End Date:

20 July 2018

Session Time(s):

Friday between 13:00 and 15:00

Total Sessions:


Total Hours:


Class Size:

Between 8 and 14 learners.


NOTE: This course has already finished.

Course Information

What will I be learning?

A mixed workshop with learners working as a whole group for some of the time and splitting into smaller groupings to work at own level.

Course Aim: To promote health, well-being, stress relief and inner balance & harmony through Tai Chi Qigong and relaxation techniques.

You will take part in a gentle exercise programme, learning how to do Qigong exercises and Tai Chi. Tai Chi & qigong originate from ancient China, nowadays they are practiced throughout the world as an effective exercise for health. All the exercises will consist of fluid, gentle movements that are relaxed and slow in tempo. The exercises are similar to walking in terms of physical exertion and can be done standing or sitting & many, if necessary, lying down too.

Tai Chi & Qigong have been shown to improve many aspects of health. They can help to:

  • relieve pain and stiffness
  • relieve stress
  • improve concentration
  • improve balance
  • improve posture
  • improve heart and lung function
  • enhance the flow of internal energies
  • integrate body and mind (and spirit if you wish)

The tai chi form (sequence) you will learn is an adaptation of the traditional Sun style.


  • Explore a range of methods to explore body and mind relaxation
  • Develop breathing techniques to aid relaxation
  • Participate in guided relaxations

The structure of most sessions will be: calming &/or breathing exercises; warm up exercises to mobilise, stretch, warm & synchronise the whole body & mind; different single qigong moves for health well-being; a short break; tai chi form; and a relaxation.

Does the course lead to a qualification?

No, it doesn’t lead to a qualification but you will have informal assessments to monitor your progress

Who is the course for?

The class will be suitable for anyone who wishes to participate in a gentle exercise and relaxation programme, including:

  • Beginners
  • People suffering from ill-health (particularly arthritis, diabetes, back pain,
  • depression and/or stress), after consultation with their doctor
  • Older people - wheelchair users and those unsteady on their feet, for whatever reason (you can participate in the class sitting down if you wish)
  • People with skills/knowledge & understanding of the class content who wish to work within a group of like minded learners & extend their practice.

Note: The class is open to any suitable person provided they are medically fit.

Participants are required to complete a Health/fitness Information sheet. If in any doubt, advice and guidance should be obtained from a medical doctor.

What do I need to bring?


  • Loose comfortable clothing
  • Flat shoes or bare feet


  • a folder to store your course materials in
  • a pen/pencil


  • a towel or exercise mat if you wish to lie on the floor during the relaxations
  • a blanket or top to keep you warm during the relaxation (although we do have some)

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs to the course

How will I know how I am progressing during the course?

Your tutor will give you verbal feedback during the session and there will also be time for questions.

You will fill in a brief weekly progress sheet to reflect on your session. You tutor will give you written feedback via this too.

Your tutor will be available after the class for questions and personal or private discussion

Can I have help in the class?

If you would like to enrol on this course but think you will need some help in the class you could have support through the Learning Partners Scheme. The scheme matches learners who need additional help with a volunteer to attend the class together. Volunteers can help with confidence, practical tasks such as learning the moves, reading and taking notes or communicating with the tutor and other learners.

If you would like more information about the scheme please contact Pat Ward 01332 642308 or

How is this course supported by DerbyLearn?

DerbyLearn is a learning platform that supports and complements most classes.  To find out more, please go to and sign up, it's free and well worth a look!

Progression within DALS

We have lots of courses planned to ensure you have a variety of progression routes.  If you are interested in another course, please ask for more information or telephone our helpline on Derby (01332) 717900 or

On completion of this course, you could progress to:

  • This course is a workshop. Learners may return to continue their development in tai chi, qigong, relaxation & stress relief.
  • Yoga  

Health and Wellbeing

The slogan you see on our brochures and leaflets is:

meet enjoy learn achieve

This is because we believe that taking part in adult and community learning can open the door to new friendships, give you something enjoyable and worthwhile to do with your time, enable you to learn something new and give you a sense of achievement. That's got to make you feel good!

Volunteering opportunities

We have a number of rewarding volunteering opportunities both within DALS and with other organisations.  These can offer you a number of benefits, including the ability to enhance your employment prospects, and the ability to learn whilst supporting others.  If you are interested in finding out more about volunteering opportunities, please contact Pat Ward on 01332 642308 or email  You can also find information on volunteering opportunities on our noticeboards and website.

Venue Information

Rycote Centre


Parker Street, Derby, DE1 3HF


Limited Car Parking

Disability Support:

Disabled Access to all floors/building
Disabled Toilets
Disabled Parking available
Loop System


Limited Facilities
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday - Ryecafe


Crèche Unavailable


From the city centre head towards Kedleston Road along King Street and Garden Street. At the 'Five Lamps' traffic lights on Garden Street you will see a sign for the Rycote Centre, turn left down Parker Street then turn right and the Centre is on the right hand side, parking is on the street and the main entrance is through the Social Service's car park. The Centre can also be accessed from Kedleston Road - opposite the Polish Club - but there is no parking at this entrance other than on Kedleston Road 01332 717930 or 717924

Bus Routes:

Allestree Bus, Trent Barton, and No. 6, Notts and Derby University bus during University term time.

Enrolment Information

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If you would like more information about this course or wish to enrol, please contact via:

Enrolment Centre:

Rycote Centre

Opening Times:

We are open * Monday - Friday 9am to 4pm * Monday & Thursday 6pm to 9pm (Term time only)


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