Tai Chi for Arthritis
Tai Chi for Arthritis is an enjoyable, simple movement practice that can relieve your pain, improve your health and help you move with more freedom and ease. It’s easy to learn and almost anyone can do it.
The essential principles of tai chi include mind and body integration, fluid movements, controlled breathing and mental concentration. The central focus is to enable the qi (pronounced chee), or life force, to flow smoothly and powerfully throughout the body. Total harmony of the inner and outer self comes from the integration of the mind and body.
What is Tai Chi for Arthritis?
Tai Chi for Arthritis is easy to learn — most people can learn it in days, weeks and, at most, several months. It is also safe. All the higher risk movements of regular Tai Chi have been replaced with ones that are safer for the joints and muscles and more effective for health.
Is Tai Chi for Arthritis effective?
Over ten scientific studies have shown that Tai Chi for Arthritis relieves pain, maintains and improves health and the quality of life. Arthritis organisations such as the Arthritis Foundations in USA and Australia, Arthritis Care of UK, and Osteoporosis Australia support it.
Can anyone do it?
As Tai Chi for Arthritis can be practised sitting as well as standing, which means that almost everyone can begin and continue to progress regardless of age or any physical limitations.
What are the benefits?
- improve muscular strength, flexibility and fitness
- support and protect joints
- improve circulation to enhance healing
- improve strength of heart, lungs, and muscles
- improve balance and thus prevents falls
- helps to relieve pain and reduce stress
Julian and Virginia Cooke will train in Tai Chi for Arthritis in early 2018 and classes will be able soon afterwards.
For more information check the Tai Chi for Health website