Robyn Clearmonth (left), Joan Bradly, Betty Bailey and Joyce Colls are enjoying the benefits of tai chi to improve the health and mobility of arthritis sufferers.
Robyn Clearmonth (left), Joan Bradly, Betty Bailey and Joyce Colls are enjoying the benefits of tai chi to improve the health and mobility of arthritis sufferers. Contributed

Tai chi eases the ills of age

TAI chi classes to help prevent falls and relieve arthritis will reopen in Gympie this month.

Occupational therapist Kim Andersen said the classes, co-ordinated by Gympie Allied Health Services, have been successfully helping people improve their health, mobility and reduce their risk of falling for many years.

"Both classes provide a gentle form of exercise which is characterised by circular and fluid movements flowing in a natural, smooth and ceaseless sequence," Kim said.

The classes improved movement co-ordination and balance by gently challenging the body's four directions of movement, while at the same time assisting with abdominal breathing, mental concentration and relaxation, she said.

Tai chi also built muscle strength, bone mass and joint mobility, helping to prevent falls and it benefited people with arthritic conditions by improving joint mobility.

Ms Anderson said last year's participants had greatly enjoyed the social aspect of the classes, with many reporting how much more confident they felt with day-to-day community activities.

Tai chi for falls targets those at greatest risk of falling, the over-65s.

However all ages are welcome.

Bookings are essential.

 

Falls Prevention: Wednesdays, Anglican Church Hall, Lady Mary Tce.

Maintenance classes 8am, the new beginners group starts 9am.

Bookings: Gympie Community Health 5489 8690.

 

Tai chi for arthritis: Thursday, Gympie Senior Citizens Centre.

Maintenance classes 8am and 9am.

New beginners class 10am.

Bookings: Gympie Allied Health Department 5489 8460.

Gympie Times


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