My Physiotherapist recommended that I join Tai Chi because I have Osteo Arthritis.
My mobility was decreasing and it was clear that something had to be done. The common view is that once you lose the use of joints it is often impossible to restore them.
Unfortunately, I have two other chronic conditions which prevent my taking the conventional treatments for arthritis, anti-inflammatories and pain killers.
Andrew said the gentle movements in Yuan-Chi Tai Chi could only be beneficial and he was right.
There is no pressure in the classes, you simply follow the form. In the beginning, there were so many styles that I could not do. But gradually I have found that I can perform more and more. I do not have
the grace and agility of other students but I am proud of what I can do.
I cannot remember all the styles but in the Park every Saturday, I enjoy my surroundings, the trees and grass, the sky and birdsong.
There are no thoughts in my head, just the graceful movements. I am at peace.
Do I still feel the arthritic pain, yes, but on Saturdays, it is secondary to the pleasure of the dance.