Tai Chi For Arthritis Program Announces Fall Classes

Monday, September 24, 2018

Tai Chi for Arthritis is a program designed to improve the quality of life for people with arthritis and others. The program includes agile steps and exercises that may improve mobility, breathing and relaxation. The movements have higher stances, which make it easy and comfortable to learn. It’s led by a Tai Chi for arthritis certified instructor.   

Choose from three Chattanooga locations:

St. John United Methodist Church, 3921 Murray Hills Dr. –  enter gym from Murray Hills Drive entrance, Thursdays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Oct. 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29, Dec. 6, 13.  Call 892-2257;
John A Patten Recreation Center, 3202 Kellys Ferry Road, Tiftonia, Thursdays from 1-2 p.m. on Oct. 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29, Dec. 6, 13.  Call 825-5955; and
River View Towers, 500 W. MLK Blvd. on Thursdays from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Oct. 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29, Dec. 6.  Call 634-8189.

Class sizes are limited.  Register one of three ways:   

1. On-line at Hamilton.Tennessee.edu   

2. Call the UT Extension Office at 855-6113     

3. Complete, clip and mail form below to: UT Extension, 6183 Adamson Circle,                          Chattanooga, TN 37416 

Overview of the class:

What are the Benefits?? Reduced pain and stiffness ? Improved ability to cope with stress and depression ? Improved concentration and memory ? Improved balance and coordination ? Improved muscle strength and stamina ? Improved posture and body awareness ? Increased circulation, heart and lung function 

How is the Program Structured? It consists of warm up, cool down and 12 movements using the Sun style of Tai Chi exercises. The movements are then reversed for added challenge.   

Who can Participate? Individuals with mild to moderate impaired joint motion and/or strength. Also, individuals not affected by arthritis who wish to begin a joint-safe Tai Chi program. Movements can be adapted for those unable to stand for prolonged time. The program is for beginners with no prior Tai Chi experience.  Check with your doctor if you have health concerns before the class.

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