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 and with turns to move forward and backward to improve mobility, weight transfer, strength and balance. A variety of movement combinations are offered and movements can be modified to accommodate mobility issues for any participant and can be done seated as a starting exercise.
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.
Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention has been proven to:
- Improve balance
- Increase muscular strength
- Improve mobility
- Increase flexibility
- Improve psychological health
- Decrease pain
- Prevent falls
Who should attend a Tai Chi for Arthritis & Fall Prevention program?
- Adults who want to maintain and improve their balance and strength or who have a concern about falls;
- 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 Tai Chi for Arthritis & Fall Prevention?
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.