Welcome to Longwater Tai Chi
Jane and Patrick Foley teach Tai Chi as a relaxing, enjoyable exercise. Its slow, meditative movements are practised by millions of people for their proven health benefits. We both switched from successful careers to spread our love of Tai Chi. Between us we have over 50 years of experience in the art. We teach regular classes and workshops in Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset UK and sometimes further afield.
We have a broad curriculum and teach Tai Chi, its ancient sister art Qigong, and Meditation in various ways to suit different levels of interest and ability. Our main focus is to nourish the body, mind and spirit and lead you to a life of better health and wellbeing. Read more about our current classes and workshops. If you are a beginner and want to know what might suit you best, please visit our beginners page or contact us.
We also still regularly attend both local and international events with our teachers Bruce Frantzis, Sam Masich, Brian Cooper and Dr Paul Lam.
What is Tai Chi?
Unlike aerobics and most forms of modern Western exercise, Tai Chi steadily teaches you how it is possible to achieve vibrant health and assist healing through correct body alignments and low-impact movements. It is based most importantly on moderation, known as the 70% Rule. The internal health aspects of Qigong (subtle energy 'Qi' work, pronounced chee gong) practised alone or within Tai Chi can help relieve physical, emotional and mental tension and stress and pave the way to self-healing, reducing your dependence on the overburdened health service. We believe that the way we teach Tai Chi is safe for people of all ages and levels of fitness.
Longwater Tai Chi holds regular classes and workshops in Wilton, Salisbury and Downton in Wiltshire, Fordingbridge in Hampshire and Verwood, St Ives and St Leonard's in Dorset. We also teach private lessons and small groups at our studio in Downton plus some specialist groups, corporate sessions and groups in new areas, by arrangement.
The different ways in which we teach our curriculum are designed to suit your interest and commitment, from taster sessions, weekly drop-in classes; weekend, day, half day or mini workshops, to regular short form, long form, qigong and meditation courses for those who want a more challenging or long-term commitment.
Join us for Five Seasons Qigong
Live and practise qigong in harmony with the seasons. Let the changing energies of nature nourish and guide your mind, body and spirit with their timeless wisdom. For the first time this year, we will be teaching a series of 'immersion' weekend workshops that span the year and its seasons. Discover and embody ancient practices that were created to naturally resonate with the energies of the Earth through its annual cycle.
During each of the 5 Seasons of the year, we aim to bring you the best practices to support your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing for that seasonal phase. If you attend all the workshops, you will have learnt 5 beneficial sets of practices to help you integrate your lifestyle with the core energies of nature.
Tai Chi 'could be prescribed' for illnesses on the NHS
According to an article on NHS Networks, a study has found that Tai Chi is a suitable exercise for older people with conditions like arthritis. Gentle flowing movements boost balance, posture and muscle power. The ancient Chinese art improves physical performance and enhances quality of life, say researchers.
Tai Chi combines deep breathing and relaxation with slow and gentle movements. The study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, suggests the exercise helps with pain and stiffness in arthritis.
It can also help improve quality of life in the lung condition, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). And it may have some physical benefits for people with breast cancer or heart failure, according to researchers from the University of British Colombia, Vancouver.
In the future, it might even be possible to consider prescribing Tai Chi for patients with several illnesses, they said.
"Our findings support the results of a previous systematic review that showed the effectiveness of Tai Chi on health outcomes in older patients with chronic conditions," Dr Yi-Wen Chen and colleagues wrote in their research paper.
"Tai Chi can improve some physical performance outcomes in four chronic conditions (cancer, osteoarthritis, heart failure and COPD) but not at the expense of worsening pain or dyspnoea (breathlessness)."
The data comes from a review of more than 30 studies looking at the health benefits of the exercise.
Past research has found that Tai Chi may reduce the risk of falls among older adults who are at increased risk.
A general resource for how Tai Chi can benefit health.
Chai Tea at Twinings!
Longwater teacher Jane Launchbury recently completed a series of Tai Chi Qigong sessions for staff at R. Twining and Company Ltd. Many thanks to all who gave up their lunch break to attend!
“Jane is a very patient teacher and I thoroughly enjoyed the classes we were lucky enough to try, so much so that I bought her DVD so now I get to practice at home”
- Laura Welch
“ I really enjoyed the new experience of Qi Gong. It made me feel calm and centred. I am now actively seeking to attend classes but am practising what I learnt from Jane at home regularly”
- Debbie Dumper
“This was my first Tai Chi session and I found it really calming. Jane’s instruction was very clear and I had no trouble following the sequences.”
- Lucy Gomes
For details of our new Tai Chi course starting in September, click here.