Free Tai Chi and Pilates for over-55s in Tunbridge Wells

SHAPING UP: Theresa Draper demonstrates Tai Chi at Camden Court in Pembury

Free Tai Chi and Pilates for over-55s in Tunbridge Wells

by Andy Tong | 19th June 2019

FREE taster sessions for Tai Chi and Pilates are being held for local people aged 55 and over as part of the Royal Voluntary Service [RVS] First Time for Everything programme.

The projects, run in association with Prudential, are designed to give older people an opportunity to try something new in their local community.

Staying active and social have been proven to be important to keeping fit and well in older age.

Tai Chi is a low impact, slow-motion exercise that is good for posture, balance, core strength, coordination, relaxation and flexibility.

The class was led by Theresa Draper, a teacher from Telisa Tai Chi, at Camden Court in Pembury.

According to the NHS, Pilates aims to strengthen the body with an emphasis on core strength to improve general fitness and well-being.

Samantha Stevenson instructed the class, which was held at Harmer Court in Southborough.

The RVS found that two thirds of people aged 60 and over wanted to try a new activity, but 29 per cent felt there weren’t enough local opportunities.

Rose Ellison, RVS activity co-ordinator for Kent, said: “Attendees were interested to see what Tai Chi was. They enjoyed the morning and watching the trainer – one said ‘it’s like watching ballet’.

“Thanks to funding from Prudential, we have lots more exciting events coming up and hope that even more older people, their carers and families will come along. It’s never too late to try something for the first time.”

The two latest projects come after a yoga class was started in Paddock Wood by volunteer Penny Wang in March.

Rose added: “For anyone with a few hours to spare, volunteering is a great way to get involved in the local community. Our volunteers are a wonderful bunch of people – many are aged 60 and over – and they really enjoy the buzz they get from helping others.”

For more information about the programme, contact Rose Ellison on 07876 484004 or email rosemary.ellison@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk

To find out more about volunteering visit royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/volunteer

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