Looking for a way to reduce stress, build strength and increase balance and flexibility? Try Tai Chi!
Des Moines University Physical Therapy Clinic is offering free Tai Chi classes July 21 and 23 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Student Education Center Grand Avenue foyer. Join a regular session of the clinic’s Tai Chi for Arthritis class to experience the benefits of this ancient Chinese practice.
“It is a time to unwind and focus on posture, breathing and relaxation while simultaneously focusing on controlled movement and balance,” says course instructor Katherine Mercuris, P.T., D.H.S., assistant professor of physical therapy at DMU. “These are fundamental to overall health and maintaining an active lifestyle. It is an ideal form of exercise for all ages. You can practice Tai Chi alone or in a group anywhere, without special equipment.”
Tai Chi for Arthritis is based upon a program developed by Dr. Paul Lam and is modified from the Sun-style of Tai Chi to allow for pain-free motions while still focusing on movement, strength, breathing and balance. Research has shown the controlled, gentle movements of Tai Chi prevents falls, decreases stress and can relieve pain and stiffness from arthritis. Participants in the classes have reported improved balance and a decrease in knee and back pain.
Tai Chi for Arthritis is an eight-week program that meets Tuesdays and Thursdays. A new series of classes begins July 30. Spots are limited, so register for the class now.