Improve your balance and health with a Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance® class today

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New classes starting this month to improve balance, strength and mobility

Often gyms and fitness studios are so busy promoting the high-energy, sweat-producing classes built to drive fitness goals to the next level, they neglect those people who need a more gentle approach to their fitness. Many people, especially seniors and those recovering from illness or injury, need a class that will help them improve muscle strength, balance, flexibility, mobility and daily functioning, while reducing the risk of falls in older adults and individuals with balance disorders. 

So we are very pleased to introduce a brand new program to the studio: Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance® (TJQMBB). Tai ji quan, also commonly known as tai chi, traces its roots back to the traditional 24-form routine historically used in practicing martial arts and also in recreational exercise. Fuzhong Li, Ph.D., a Senior Scientist at the Oregon Research Institute, developed the TJQMBB program, building from the traditional forms of tai ji quan, but moving the focus towards better health. TJQMBB transforms martial arts movements into a therapeutic practice aimed at improving stability, awareness and mindful control of your body’s positioning, functional walking, movement symmetry and coordination, and lower body muscle strength. TJQMBB is ideal for any person who is struggling to achieve better balance, including seniors, people in need of physical rehabilitation, recovering from illness, or suffering from Parkinson’s disease. 

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Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance classes:

  • are able to accommodate people with a mild level of mobility difficulty (e.g., people who are occasional cane users), 
  • promote health and training for balance and postural control by creating states of stability and instability for equilibrium training, 
  • have reduced incidence of falls by 55% in community-dwelling older adults and by 67% in people with Parkinson’s disease. 

Each class session consists of three parts: (1) a brief tai ji quan-based warm-up, (2) the core practice emphasizing integration of individual forms, variation in forms, and mini-therapeutic movements, and (3) a brief period of breathing cool-down exercises. 

Starting in February 2018, Windham Pilates & Wellness Center will begin offering a 6-month Balance & Movement Membership, which includes 2 TJQMBB classes per week, 1 Gentle Yoga class each week and unlimited group classes. Please contact us for pricing. We are very excited to be able to offer a fitness membership and class that will benefit so many people who are discouraged or intimidated by the typical fitness classes. If you or someone you know would benefit from this gentle approach to better balance, strength and mobility, please contact us for free demonstration and balance screening assessment.

 

Susan McInnis