Jill’s Story

Tai Chi for Health with Jill Freeman

In my early seventies, I am fitter and stronger than in any other decade of my life.  As a child and a teenager, I had problems with movement; sports lessons were dreaded ordeals!  Organising my body in space has always been a challenge.  Whereas the Alexander Technique gave me a sense of co-ordination and integration, practicing and teaching Tai Chi for Health has enabled me to turn that sense into reality.  My balance, stamina and confidence are increasing every year and my breathing has been transformed.

A recommendation from a Tai Chi student after just 5 classes in Kerikeri:

As a newcomer to Tai Chi, I have been amazed how relaxed and light my whole body becomes after each session.  My mind feels clear and free of negativity.  For me, it is a good self-care activity.”

Tai Chi for Health with Jill FreemanTO BEGIN:  Movement “Open and Close Hands”

  • Bring your hands, palms facing, fingers to the ceiling, to about 30cms in front of your chest, about head-width apart.
  • As you inhale, move your arms to bring your hands to about shoulder-width apart;
  • As you exhale, move your arms to bring your hands back to about head-width apart.
  • You are aiming to match breathing with moving so as breathing changes (in to out, out to in) your hands change direction.
  • In time, you might feel as if your breath is moving your hands.


There are many forms and styles of Tai Chi. The Tai Chi for Health programme was developed by a Doctor Paul Lam in Australia and is now taught world-wide. The following link will take you to an informative article by him:



I teach weekly classes in Kerikeri in the Far North of New Zealand.  At these classes, we explore several of the Tai Chi for Health sequences as well as the Sun 73 form.  Breathing is an important part of every class. In teaching, I am mindful of how difficult it can be to learn movement sequences so use encouragement and patience as powerful teaching tools.  One of the classes is taught seated; this is an invaluable class for people with major balance and mobility problems.


I also teach one-to-one.  This can be especially helpful for beginners, enabling them to develop confidence before tackling a full class!