|Location:||Frenchtown Senior Citizen Center
2786 Vivian Rd, Monroe, MI 48162
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|Fee:||$10 per class||no discounts available|
|Contact:||Viola Everett||(734) 770-5972|
We invite you to join Viola Everett on your journey to better health and well being. Become a student in her class and she will guide you through the Fall Prevention movements step-by-step.
This modified and seated version of Tai Chi for Arthritis can be enjoyed by anyone wishing to practice Tai Chi sitting down. People with almost any chronic condition can learn to improve their health and mobility. This safe easy-to-learn program relieves pain and improves health and quality of life.
Health Professionals and care-givers using this program with people with disabilities can share quality time with them while improving their own health. It is suitable for people who are unable to walk; are required to be seated; have experienced a fall; or have challenges with balance while walking.
Viola teaches this program demonstrating each movement step-by-step. Viola goes through each lesson with you and explains how to incorporate the tai chi principles into your practice and daily life.
In 1996, Dr Lam with a team of medical and tai chi experts created this safe and easy to learn program. Medical studies confirm Tai Chi for Arthritis relieves pain, reduces falls and improves quality of life, that is why the Michigan Arthritis Foundation supports this program.
About the Program
This program was designed specifically for people with musculoskeletal conditions by Dr. Paul Lam, an Australian family physician and instructor in Sydney‘s Medical School. Dr. Lam was diagnosed with arthritis in his 20′s and pursued a Tai Chi practice as a way of enhancing his mobility and health. After years of study, he became an expert Tai Chi master, winning the gold medal at the Third International Competition in 1993. He and his team members developed the current program. The team included tai chi experts, rheumatologists, occupational and physical therapists.
The program is open to anyone wishing to explore Tai Chi – “Meditation in Motion” – in a safe, comfortable environment. You DO NOT need to have arthritis to benefit from the program.
All classes begin with warm up exercises and end with cool down exercises. We include the practice of Tai Chi walking, as well as the 6 Basic and 6 Advanced movements of the Tai Chi for Arthritis Form which includes qigong exercise sequences in Level I classes.
Level II classes in addition learn the more advanced Level II Form with 9 additional movements. These classes may also include some additional qigong and self massage techniques.
Our Advanced Tai Chi class may begin or end with a short centering or meditation period and go deeper in understanding the Level 1 & 2 TCA forms, while exploring more Qigong practices, including Tai Chi Qigong – Shibashi. Depending on class interest we may also introduce Tai Chi for Better Balance, The Eight Brocades, The Harvard Medical School Protocols, The Five Animals at Play, self massage and other practices as proficiency increases.
The Sun style of tai chi was selected for people with arthritis and related musculoskeletal conditions because of its powerful qigong exercises, especially effective for healing and relaxation. This style also offers a higher, more upright stance, putting less stress on the knees and hips thus making it more suitable for people with arthritis and older people. It does not require deep knee bends. The sequences keep you moving. The “follow step” typical of Sun style, offers more agile foot movement than other tai chi styles and doesn’t over stress joints by long periods of holding static postures.
Tai Chi for Arthritis requires no special equipment and can be done almost anywhere. It helps relieve pain, ease stiffness, improve overall balance and physical coordination while improving posture, strengthening muscles and building stamina. It increases circulation of the blood and lymph, improves function of the heart and lungs while relieving stress, anxiety and depression. It also helps concentration and memory, while promoting tranquility and a sense of well being. Classes offer an opportunity for socialization and fellowship proven to be important in maintaining cognitive skills.