Exercise at home
If you have not done physical activity for a while, you may want to get the all clear from the doctor before starting.
Tai Chi Qigong Shibashi is suitable for everyone and can be followed both seated and standing.
If you're using a chair make sure it's stable, solid and without wheels. You should be able to sit with feet flat on the floor and knees bent at right angles. Avoid chairs with arms as this might restrict your movements. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and keep some water handy.
Build up slowly and only work at a pace comfortable for you.
Tai Chi Qigong Shibashi is designed to help to improve your mental health and physical wellbeing.
Qigong means 'energy exercise' and Shibashi means 18 movements.
This form of exercise is found to improve health and wellbeing and is a discipline that involves the mind, breath and movement to create a calm, natural balance of energy.
It helps to loosen and strengthens joints and muscles, rejuvenates body, mind and spirit, improves concentration and intuitive abilities as well as helping with blood pressure problems and improving balance.
The gentle rocking and stretching movements helps toward improving circulation and digestion, the chest exercises and controlled breathing are good for lung conditions and asthma with the overall effect helping to improve core strength and thus helping to reduce the risk of falls among older people.
How tai chi made a difference to Habiba
The programme can provide both standing and seated versions of Tai Chi. If you would like more information about the programme please contact the Physical Activity team on tel 029 2043 1555 or email