Chair Tai Chi.
Tai Chi is a Chinese way of staying healthy in mind, body and spirit. All Over the World people are doing this gentle form of exercise/movement to keep their health especially in the later years of life. It is used in many fall prevention programmes.
How can it help us? It is important that we get enough exercise and for those of us who are less mobile, that can be an excuse not to get up and move, Pain is also an element to be considered. Doing Tai Chi keeps us active in a particular way. We loosen up stiffness and become aware of stress. In modern life stress is often present and can damage our well-being. The slow flowing movements asked of you when you do Tai Chi help us mentally. The circular movements are pleasurable and even if you cannot manage any large movements, ‘little and often’ is good as they say. We focus on what we are doing in a way that stops the mind from wandering into daydreams.
Maybe your balance is slipping? When we do some standing Tai Chi (with a chair support if needed) we work on weight-bearing and that helps balance, good posture while sitting is also a focus and keeping our heads upright to avoid neck problems. Moving our joints is very important, especially if arthritis is present. TChinese do Tai Chi to prevent arthritis and osteoporosis (brittle bone disease) and to have a longer life! Joining the Tai Chi session can elevate your mood/raise your spirits. The stretching we do makes us feel more alive and should anything be at all painful we just do less or skip that section.
Tai Chi can be done on your own but it’s always more enjoyable to do it together as a group. Please come and join us!
Yoga is an excellent way for older adults to loosen and stretch painful muscles, reduce stress, and improve circulation. It also reduces anxiety, helps lower blood pressure, protects joints, and helps build strength and balance. We run chair based yoga classes each week in the Centre on Thursday mornings from 11.15am to 12 noon.
Dancing is a fun group activity, that provides a blend of music, rhythm, and movement, and forms of creativity, that will improve ones quality of life. Those with a physical condition or illness will benefit from this group activity, which caters for people of all mobility’s. Run by an experienced tutor this is a fun class that all can attend. The class runs on Tuesday afternoons from 1.30 – 2.30pm (please check the diary).