Tai Chi

Experience harmony in body, mind and emotions, using the ancient therapeutic art of Tai Chi

Harmonise your body, mind & emotions

Tai Chi is an ancient therapeutic art that aims to harmonise body, emotions, and mind. It involves soft, gentle movements that helps to release tension in your body, deepen your breath, and calm your thoughts.

Tai Chi helps to regulate both the nervous system and cardiovascular system, with short term benefits including alleviating your stress and anxiety, and in the long term you can re-educate and alter deeply learnt patters in the mind and body. Tai Chi creates a new sense of confidence and control by allowing you to experience stillness within motion.

There is a substantial and growing evidence base in the medical literature showing Tai Chi to be effective in reducing anxiety and depression and assisting in the recovery from trauma.

A typical class involves:

  • A short introduction to the principles and practice of Tai Chi specifically related to that week’s class
  • Some gentle warm up movements designed to mobilise the joints and awaken the muscles
  • The practice of Tai Chi and Qi Gong movements, or forms (all movements are done either standing up or seated in a chair and participants are invited to choose what feels right for them each class)
  • A short discussion and Q&A to check in with how people are finding the practice
  • Techniques for incorporating the practice into daily life


First Sunday of every month starting 4th February 2024


1:30pm – 3:30pm


Top floor, Group Room, Birchtree Centre, 58 Parramatta Road, Forest Lodge.


Jesse Russell-Williams


$60 per class

Who Tai Chi can help

Tai Chi can be particularly beneficial for individuals who:

  • Experience chronic stress and anxiety
  • Struggle with depression
  • Are healingfrom trauma
  • Are looking to develop a new sense of confidence and control
  • Are interested in a body-centred approach to healing, using somatic processing
  • Want to improve bodily awareness and regulation

Our approach to Tai Chi

A typical class at Birchtree begins with our Tai Chi Therapist, Jesse, introducing you to the principles of Tai Chi, followed by gentle warm-up exercises. Next, we practice Tai Chi and Qi Gong movements, either standing or seated, followed by a discussion and Q&A.

Our nurturing environment and knowledgeable therapists support your journey of healing and daily incorporation of Tai Chi.

Your Tai Chi facilitator

Jesse Russell-Williams

Tai Chi Therapist

Jesse is a kind-hearted and caring practitioner with a calm and reassuring presence. He has been studying Tai Chi, meditation, and internal martial arts for twelve years and has been teaching for the last eight.

He works as a Tai Chi therapist at a number of mental health facilities across Sydney and also teaches Tai Chi in the community. He has seen firsthand the transformational potential of Tai Chi therapy for those suffering from the effects of trauma, depression, anxiety, and addiction.

He strives to see the unique human being in each one of his clients and invites them to participate in a way that feels right for them in their own body.

Contact our friendly team to find out more

We’re here to support you on your healing journey.

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