Tai Chi fact sheet No. 2

TAI CHI THERAPY EXPLAINED

Are you a Tai Chi Therapist?

If all you do is teach general Tai Chi classes then, probably not.  However, if you address your students’ physical/medical conditions in class, or else work in this way using ‘one to one’ sessions or specialised classes i.e. by working therapeutically, then dependent upon the precise nature of your work, you could be regarded as a Tai Chi Therapy Practitioner.

Tai Chi Therapy includes the following:

  • Ante/Pre-natal and Post-natal Tai Chi
  • Remedial Tai Chi for Medical Conditions including Cancer, Stroke, Heart Disease or other Chronic Ailments

It is important to note the difference between a) teaching general Tai Chi to a pregnant student or else a student with a particular medical condition within a normal class, and b) using Tai Chi specifically to address such conditions.

What is Tai Chi Therapy?

We consider that Tai Chi therapy is deemed to have taken place when a Tai Chi Therapist sees a student or group with the primary aim of addressing a health issue, be that physical, mental or emotional, specific to that student or group, based on the principles of Tai Chi practice.

In relatively recent times Underwriters have become more aware and interested in the precise activities of teachers and therapists together with the nature and characteristics of their students and/or patients.  Previously, they were content to accept all under a generic ‘Tai Chi’ classification.

Tai Chi Therapy Practitioners need to arrange insurance based upon their actual activities.  The cost is slightly higher than for general Tai Chi teaching because it is considered that a Tai Chi Therapist has a greater duty of care to his/her patient/s, than exists within a normal teacher-student relationship.

The relevant Tai Chi experience and/or specific training undertaken would be necessary for anyone practising in these areas.

We can add Remedial cover or Pregnancy classes, subject to confirmation of the experience or training undertaken and the extra payment due – currently £ 10.05*.

*(Includes insurance premium tax @ 6% and £5 policy fee)