Taiji for Integrated Services

Taiji for Integrated Services

We have been running Taiji for Integrated Services classes in conjunction with local Integrated Services Providers since 1998.

These classes

  • Are fun
  • Are relaxing and calming
  • Increase dexterity, proprioception and motor skills
  • Increase attention span
  • Increase confidence
  • Are beneficial to well-being


  • Learn Taiji Qigong (Chi Kung) exercises
  • Have the opportunity to lead the class with their own choice of exercise (everyone has a favourite).
  • Learn at their own pace, for their own benefit.

Please contact us if you have a group who would like to join one of our Taiji classes, or just drop in…………… You will always get a warm welcome.


Auchentibber is a Resource Centre accessed by adults with varying degrees of learning disabilities, and for several years has received tuition in Tai-Chi from tutor Des Lawton.
This activity has proved to be both popular and beneficial to the Service Users of Auchentibber, resulting in development in many areas.
Tuition in this ancient art has been extremely popular and some of the benefits are: – Development of dexterity and motor skills.
Enhanced memory.
Flexibility of movement.
Team building and consideration of others.
Development of an awareness of safety for themselves and others.

The activity has appeared to have produced a calming effect on those who may present a challenging behaviour. Tai-Chi has been very successful in all aspects and those involved are ever keen to continue and develop their knowledge.

Ruth McCafferty, Day Centre Officer Auchentibber Resource Centre


The service users from Cathkin Resource Centre (now Lifestyles) have been accessing the Taiji class for at least the last five years. I have spoken to the service users and staff to see what they feel they attain from Taiji. It was felt that balance, co-ordination, and relaxation were all beneficial to our group members. They appear more relaxed as the Taiji they have learned enhances gentle and controlled breathing techniques in a calming atmosphere.
Interaction in a community-based resource, following the instructor, promotes turn taking and makes the service user gain more confidence while participating in a physical activity, in a group setting. Taiji is also beneficial to our service users in the way that it highlights the importance of their senses such as visual, hearing and touch which are used throughout the Taiji programme.
Our staff and service users, throughout the years, benefit from this programme in many ways.
Many thanks
Agnes Harvey, Day Centre Officer Cathkin Resource Centre (now Lifestyles)

Taiji Classes Details

  • Location –
  • Day –
  • Time –
  • Type – Taiji Qigong
  • Details -This class was developed for Integrated Services and people who wish to learn the Taiji Qigong in a warm, relaxed, atmosphere.
  • Instructor – Des Lawton
  • Further information – ‘Phone Des on 01355266011 or use the form on the Contact Us page.

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