CDC considers Tai Chi for Arthritis
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) makes recommendations for people struggling with arthritis to improve the quality of life through evidence-based intervention programs. Recently the Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program has been placed on the CDC “watch list” for possible recommendation undergoing evaluation to determine the health benefits this program may offer for people with arthritis.
The Program is based on 12 Sun style Tai Chi movements. The movements can be described as a meditation in motion – slow, mindful movements gently manipulating the body in a coordinated and articulate manner. Tai Chi deeps the connection between the mind and the body to engender health and longevity. As a certified instructor of the Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program through the Arthritis Foundation and the originator Dr. Paul Lam, I see how beneficial the program is to the students who attend and practice this health rejuvenating exercise. It is strengthening and relaxing at the same time. Most of all it is a safe exercise for people with arthritis encouraging gentle movements to loosen the joints and improve balance.
The Tai Chi Program can benefit you in the following ways:
- Increase flexibility
- Improved balance and coordination
- Improved posture and body awareness
- maintain muscle strength and stamina
- Increased sense of relaxation to cope with stress
- Improved lung function and breathing capacity
- Improved mental focus and memory
If you are interested in learning this health rejuvenating exercise please visit the Classes web page to see upcoming classes and events.