A nice cup of T’ai Chi with Ernie

PUBLISHED: 12:42 24 October 2014 | UPDATED: 12:42 24 October 2014

T'ai Chi with Ernie

T'ai Chi with Ernie

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Life can get a little stressful at times, even in our beautiful, leafy county, so we were delighted when we were invited along recently to a T’ai Chi and Shiatsu session to help ease our cares away.

Life can get a little stressful at times, even in our beautiful, leafy county, so we were delighted when we were invited along recently to a T’ai Chi and Shiatsu session to help ease our cares away.

Now, like lots of gals with gumption out there, we thought that we were perfectly capable of de-stressing ourselves with a ‘Homeland’ box set and a glass of the red stuff, but alas producing films, presenting radio shows and writing fabulous blogs all while holding down full time jobs, left us in need of a little more R&R. Enter Ernie.

Ernie Boxall is a Leamington lad who is passionate about T’ai Chi and Shiatsu massage. T’ai Chi is a type of martial art that alleviates stress and anxiety, whilst also being a great defense technique (more on that later!) and Shiatsu massage is a hands-on therapy based on the same principles of acupuncture - fabulous, no needles! Indeed, T’ai Chi is suitable for all. You can practice it at any age (Ernie has clients in their 80s) and it doesn’t matter whether you have the flexibility of a steel girder (Emma) or a rubber band (Cherry); with regular practice, you’ll soon start to feel the healing benefits that T’ai Chi can offer.

Like us, Ernie is a believer in fate and thanks to taking a wrong turn at a roundabout, met his destiny. A sign for a T’ai Chi class at the side of the road got him curious enough to pull over and off he went, this time down the right road. His life changed.

We met Ernie at what can only be described as the awesome Arts Trail Studio in Leamington’s Livery Street. The studio itself is worthy of a separate blog altogether and we’ll be bringing that to you soon, but to be surrounded by such creativity by some of the area’s most talented artists, certainly put the ‘art’ into martial arts.

But, back to T’ai Chi. It’s important to be in comfy clothing when practicing, so with our old joggers and novelty socks on, we were ready and in Ernie’s hands to experience a little meditation in motion.

The great thing about this class is that you are able to go at your own pace and gaze at the artworks which put you in a very happy place indeed.

The flow of the movement is gentle and even though some of the moves can be challenging there is no competition and we found it not only relaxing but fun – we especially enjoyed being tigers – grrrrr! So, would we dabble in a little more T’ai Chi? Most definitely, yes. What else offers you the chance to go from being a swan to a dragon in the space of an hour? Joking aside, it really does make one feel good about one’s self.

After the session Cherry was lucky enough to be offered a sample shiatsu massage, which was heavenly. Ernie’s nickname of ‘magic hands’ is well deserved! The hands-on, clothes on massage was very relaxing and Cherry tried her hardest not to drool too much!

We wish there were more people like Ernie; walking the talk and spreading a little balance and happiness around Warwickshire. And, after a terrific session, we suggest a nice Chai Tea latte (not to be confused with an amazing martial arts exercise with a similar name!).

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Ernie’s T’ai Chi and Shiatsu classes run 7 days a week, each session costing £5.

For more information, visit: www.balancehealth-fitness.co.uk

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