Carol Wrigley has studied in China with Dr Wu Yang, one of the world’s leading teachers of T’ai Ji and Chinese Health Arts. She passes on her knowledge to groups throughout East Anglia, guiding hundreds of people each year to improved health and fitness.
She is a member of the Nei Chia Association and is certified to practise T’ai Ji Quan, Qigong and Chinese Remedial Exercises by the British Register of Complementary Practitioners (Chinese Medicine Division).
Carol started her training in T’ai Ji Quan (T’ai Chi) in 1986, with her first instructor Nancy Brown from the Australian Academy of Tai Chi and Qigong.
After Nancy returned to Australia in 1990 Carol continued her training with John and Jo Harford of the Nei Chia Association based in Rugby Warwickshire. Over the next twelve years Carol along with students from all over the country, trained in depth and refinement in Chinese Health Arts.
The vast range of study covered training in T’ai Ji forms such as Li Style and the multitude of Yang Styles, plus Qigong sequences for general health and specific conditions, including the demanding training of Zhan Zhuang (standing firm) Qigong.
Self defence applications were widely explored along with weapons training, learning Stick Set, Fans Set, Sword Play and Broad Sword.
Exercises for specific conditions and ailments were examined and learned, to understand how best to instruct students who came to classes.
On a visit to China in 1995 Carol along with other students studied with the exemplary Dr Wu Yang, a practising Chinese Doctor and a Master of Traditional Yang Style T’ai Ji. Carol and her fellow students became Honorary Members of the New Branch Wushu Research Institute, Guiyang, Guiizhou, China.
Under the guidance of John and Jo at the Nei Chia Association, the students were taught that the development of Qi for the benefit of ones own health and to benefit others was the main aim of the teachings. Having also to studied Oriental Medicine in 1999, Carol completed the Nei Chia Teacher Training and became recognised as a practitioner by the Institute of Complementary Medicine (Chinese Medicine Division).
In 2003 Carol embarked on a Shiatsu course at the Shiatsu College Norwich, under the tuition of world- renowned teachers Clifford Ward Andrews, Dinah John, Sylvie Marshall and Celia Little. She attended workshops with Carola Beresford Cook and Paul Lundburg and trained in the infinite world of Zen Shiatsu, learning the many differing techniques and approaches to influencing the Qi. She became registered with the Shiatsu Society.org in November 2006.
Carol instructs classes of T’ai Ji & Qigong and Chinese Health Arts in North/East Suffolk and Great Yarmouth, she has specialised for many years in the mental health sector.