What is Tai Chi?
Tai Chi is a traditional Chinese form of exercise that promotes both physical and mental health. There are several styles and forms of Tai Chi (Chen, Yang, Wu, Wu and Sun), each has its own features, but follow the same principles. These principles include slow, smooth and continuous movement, good upright posture, focusing your mind, mindful breathing, awareness of weight transference and situation awareness.
What is Tai Chi for Arthritis?
Tai Chi for arthritis is a program developed by Dr Paul Lam, a Sydney based GP, in conjunction with specialist doctors. It is a 12 step program that is taught around the world, based on the Sun style or the most recently developed style of Tai Chi. The Sun style is perfect for arthritis as it is performed in a higher stance (meaning you do not need to bend your knees or hips too much).
Is it suitable for me?
Tai Chi for Arthritis helps to increase your strength, flexibility and fitness, and reduces pain and stress – you don’t have to suffer from arthritis to participate! It can also improve balance and reduce the risk of falls. It is a gentle way to exercise, and part or all of the class can be done seated.
To join a class you must register your interest at the clinic. Before starting, all participants will have an assessment with the physiotherapist who runs the program.