Tai Chi classes offered
Posted: Friday, May 21, 2010 8:02 pm
The Obion County office of the University of Tennessee Extension Service is offering Tai Chi for Arthritis classes in June at the Obion County Public Library.
Classes will be held June 9, 14, 16, 18, 21, 22, 23 and 25 from 9-10 a.m. in the conference room.
Extension agent Benita Giffin is recognized as a certified Tai Chi for Arthritis Instructor by the Tennessee Arthritis Foundation and Dr. Paul Lam, an internationally renowned Tai Chi master who practices family medicine and teaches this method in Australia.
Tai Chi for Arthritis is known for its many health benefits. The slow, graceful, meditative movements pay dividends in increased strength, muscle tone, enhanced range of motion, flexibility, breathing skills and coordination. Tai Chi for Arthritis has been documented to relieve pain associated with arthritis. Along with these benefits, it can improve concentration, memory and improve your ability to cope with stress and depression.
Dr. Lam has developed a special Sun style form of tai chi for those with arthritis. The form is endorsed by the Arthritis Foundation for those who suffer from arthritis and has preventive health benefits for all. It is also helpful for improving a person’s balance and in preventing osteoporosis. Tai Chi exercises the mind as well as the body. The slow movements uplifts mood as well. Qigong exercises will also be implemented during Tai Chi for Arthritis sessions. Qigong is a sequence of slow, gentle exercises that focus on breathing. Qigong improves blood circulation. It also increases absorption and utilization of oxygen and fosters a calm, relaxed mental and emotional state.
Anyone, even those who don’t have arthritis, may participate in Tai Chi for Arthritis.
The fee will be $48 per person for eight sessions of Tai Chi for Arthritis. Payment may be made the first day of class.
To register, call 885-3742.
Published in The Messenger 5.21.10