GOOD FOR ALL: Tai Chi is suitable for everyone, no matter your age or disability.
GOOD FOR ALL: Tai Chi is suitable for everyone, no matter your age or disability. Mike Richards

Tai Chi knows no age barriers

TAI CHI, which originated in ancient China, is an effective exercise for health and wellbeing and is a series of gentle, graceful movements designed to exercise the body and clear the mind.

There are a number of Tai Chi for arthritis classes that run in and around Ipswich and all are very modestly priced.

There are classes in Rosewood at the Community Centre, Marburg Community Hall, Goodna Neighbourhood House, Laidley, Lowood and Gatton.

Roslyn Newsham, a Tai Chi instructor said: "Tai Chi can be beneficial to everyone regardless of age and physical ability".

Tai Chi can be practices standing, sitting or even lying down.

Tai Chi for Arthritis is an enjoyable exercise that can relieve your pain, improve your health and your ability to do things.

What's more, it is easy to learn and almost anyone can do it. In fact, many people who learn the form (movements), like it so much that they continue to practice and enjoy the benefits of Tai Chi for years.

"The Tai Chi for Arthritis program also focuses on weight transference, which improves balance and prevents falls," Roslyn said.

Jean Gosling, who has been practicing Tai Chi for the past 14 years and has been an instructor for 11 years, is a strong believer in the benefits of this gentle form of exercise on your health and wellbeing.

"It helps to strengthen muscles, which is important for supporting and protecting joints," Jean said.

According to the Tai Chi for Health Institute's Dr Paul Lam, Tai Chi is one of the most effective exercises for the health of mind and body, not only in China, but around the world.

Tai Chi helps people to relax and feel better. Everything improves when you are more relaxed and feeling good about yourself.

Additionally, according to Dr Lam, Tai Chi practice helps to relieve pain and reduce stress.

This is accomplished in various ways.

First, increasing muscular strength helps to protect the joints, thereby reducing pain.

Second, improved flexibility allows for better blood and joint fluid circulation, which also leads to less pain.

Third, tai chi is a mind body exercise, which improves the serenity and relaxation of the mind and thus reduces pain and stress. As a result, those who practice tai chi often experience less depression and enhanced immunity.

There are two different Tai Chi classes running in the city - Tai Chi for arthritis and Tai Chi for diabetes.

The special feature of Tai Chi for Diabetes is that it is easy to learn and designed to prevent and improve the control of diabetes.

The program will help minimise the risk of complications of diabetes by improving heart/lung function, muscular strength, flexibility, balance, and stress reduction. Diabetes Australia gave its support to this program because of its efficacy and safety.

For more information about how Tai Chi can help improve health and wellbeing and to find out how you can attended classes contact Jean Gosling on 54641023, or Rosalyn Newsham on 54644515.



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