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Oriental way for workers to beat stress.

Worcestershire County Council is hoping to show stressed staff the road to health and happiness - by getting them to take up an ancient Chinese martial art.

The council has organised a lunchtime demonstration of Tai Chi for its workers tomorrow and hopes staff will be enthusiastic enough to make the classes a permanent fixture.

Tai Chi combines martial arts skills with techniques to relax the mind and body. Scientists also believe Tai Chi - which means "supreme" - can be effective in improving the immune system.

The council's philosophy is that helping workers refresh the body and mind will keep them relaxed and stress-free.

Ms Clair Parish, a health and safety adviser, said they came up with the idea after a Health and Safety week highlighted the importance of providing a stress-free environment at work.

The free demonstration class will be conducted by Mr Alan Smith, from the Rising Dragon Tai Chi School in Worcester.

If it proves popular, the council will provide a room for lunchtime classes but staff will have to pay to join in.
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Title Annotation:National
Author:Ede, Charisse
Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Mar 9, 1999
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