Tai chi, also called tai chi chuan, combines deep breathing and relaxation with flowing movements. Originally developed as a martial art in 13th-century China, tai chi is today practised around the world as a health-promoting exercise.
Studies have shown that tai chi can help reduce stress, improve posture, balance and general mobility, and increase muscle strength in the legs.
Tai Chi is for everyone but if you have a medical condition or any health concerns, or haven’t exercised for a long time, speak to your GP before you start tai chi.
Find more information at NHS Choices
There are different styles of Tai Chi. Click here for details of Yang Tai Chi classes in Basildon and Hutton.
"I've been attending a Tai Chi class in Basildon now for over two years and can attest to the health benefits. I started originally some years ago after my first cancer operation in order to keep healthy and supple."
(image: Patrice Dufour)