pain management


Often a question is asked by a potential student "Taijiquan sounds good in theory but will it work for me? " This is often asked by people considering the pain management programme as well and the answer is the same for both. I do not expect you to fully believe it at the start but give it a go and the evidence shows that most people who have practiced for a period of time have got something out of it and many have made major changes because of it. However, how much someone gets out of it depends on a number of things such as:

  • How much you put into it: just listening and talking about it will not be enough, you need to practice
  • How ready are you for it:
  • Other worries or pressures: stresses at home or work or financial worries may make it harder for you to focus.

The gentle moves of Tai Chi, Qigong and Restorative yoga as well as breathing, relaxation and meditation techniques will help you reduce your pain and feel more in control of what you can do.
From personal experience and research a combination of movement and rest seems to help you manage the pain better. The spirals and circles of movement can help as well as learning sequences of moves. The role of relaxation and meditation help reduced the amount of tension felt and thereby reducing the amount of pain that is felt.  Due to a severe illness I found that Tai Chi was one of the few activities I could actually practice which significantly helped the healing process and now I am much stronger, fitter and calmer.

The basic premise being that if you understand more about what chronic pain is and how to manage it then even though the amount of pain may not be less, your ability to have a more enjoyable and fulfilling life may be.

the session

This will include one or more of the practices of Meditation, Tai Chi, Qigong and Restorative Yoga where you will learn techniques, moves and poses in a safe environment. The amount you do will depend on the day how you feel, balancing movement with rest.


Loose clothing is advised and students are advised not to eat a heavy meal two prior to the lesson.  You can practise either in trainers or Tai Chi shoes or bare footed.


I teach small groups of 3-4 students or 1:1s.

For further details please contact me.

Click here for further information on pain and tips and advice on managing pain.

If you want to see the power of yoga and Tai Chi then look no further than Marjorie. Her practise has helped her overcome a condition that would have laid most mortals low."