Developed by Dr. Paul Lam at the Tai Chi for Health Institute (TCHI), this program utilizes Tai Chi’s Sun style for its ability to improve relaxation, and balance, and its ease of use for older adults and those with arthritis. The movements are taught to both left and right sides to improve mobility, strength and balance.
This course will be offered twice a week for 8 weeks for a total of 16 sessions. Participants are encouraged to attend at least 11 of the 16 in order to experience the benefits.
Seated Tai Chi for Arthritis has been proven to:
- Improve balance
- Increase muscular strength
- Improve mobility
- Increase flexibility
- Improve psychological health
- Decrease pain
Who should attend a Seated Tai Chi for Arthritis program?
- Adults with mild, moderate and severe joint involvement and back pain;
- Adults with arthritis, rheumatic diseases or related musculoskeletal conditions;
- Adults without arthritis who might be at a higher risk of falling;
- Adults who want to reduce stress, improve awareness, and maintain independence.
What are the components of Seated Tai Chi for Arthritis?
Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention is led by a TCHI Board certified instructor, with each session including the following:
- Warm-up and cool-down exercises
- One or two movements per lesson, progressively leading to completing the six basic core movements and six advanced extension movements
- Breathing techniques
- Tai Chi principles including those relating to improving physical and mental balance
Movements are performed at a higher stance to make it easier for older participants and those with arthritis. Movements can be modified to accommodate mobility issues for any participant and can be done seated as a starting exercise.